Piano Duettists

Harvey & Helen Davies





photo by Glyn Davies - click to enlarge

Helen and Harvey Davies, mother and son, have worked together professionally since 1992. Since then they have built a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of contemporary piano duet repertoire in Britain.

Composers who have written for the Davies Duo include Richard Stoker, Jeffrey Lewis, John Metcalf, Brian Hughes, Nicola LeFanu, Bill Connor and James Ledger. Eric Sweeney recently arranged three of his pieces, Drive 1, Song and Drive 2 for Helen and Harvey to play at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2000. In February 2001 they gave a recital at the Waterford New Music Week which was recorded for RTE's classical music programme Lyric FM.

Their large repertoire includes many of the standard classical, romantic and impressionist works for piano duet. They also have a special interest in British music for four hands and in the resurrection of neglected eighteenth and nineteenth century pieces, many of which Harvey has in his collection of antiquarian sheet music.

Helen and Harvey have given recitals at Music Clubs and Festivals throughout Britain, and at the Northern Aldborough and Vale of Glamorgan Festivals. In March 2002 they completed a very successful second tour of Scotland.

Helen and Harvey premiered a new duet entitled "Emyn" (Hymn) by Pwyll ap Sion at Dolgellau Music Club in January 2003.

They also gave the premiere of Alun Hoddinott's Sonata (written for them) at Bangor University in December 2004

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Future Engagements

The Davies Duo are known for their imaginative programming and exciting performances which have led to comments such as:

".....an outstanding evening of music given by two pianists of exceptional musical and technical quality....."

"From the outset, it was clear that the duo had a special rapport, which was apparent throughout their recital......the artists produced beautiful tonal qualities."

" The powerful symphonic structure of Kenneth Leighton's Sonata for four hands was masterfully revealed in this authoritative performance." - Music Wales Magazine

"....their performance was equal both technically and in musical understanding to any that I have had." - The composer, John Metcalf.

"It is their love for music above all else, coupled with the desire to expand the piano duet repertoire, which prompts me to recommend them without reservation." - Gwyn L Williams, Senior Music Producer, BBC.

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Future Engagements Already Confirmed

Oct.9th 09 Two Moors Festival, Ashburton Parish Church
1pm An all-Mozart Duet programme to include Sonata in F

Nov.19th 09 Great Hall, Aberystwyth University
8pm Recital for Aberystwyth Music Club

Dec.4th 09 Anglesey Art Gallery, Llangefni (Oriel Ynys Mon)
A Victorian Evening with readings and piano duets from the period.

Recording project, October 09. Beethoven's Eroica Symphony (version for piano duet) with Ian Price (Narrator)

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The Songs and Duets of Richard Stoker
on ASC CS CD10 (Tel. +44 (0)1625 423605 Fax. +44 (0)1625 435802)
available from:
ASC Productions, 145a Chester Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8PT, UK.

Twentieth Century Piano Duets
on ASC CS CD13 (Tel. +44 (0)1625 423605 Fax. +44 (0)1625 435802)
available from ASC records.
Sonata for Piano duet by Kenneth Leighton
Divertimento by John Joubert
Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Peter Melville Smith
plus new recording of the Creel by Alan Rawsthorne
and the Sonatina by Lennox Berkeley.

The new CD "Four-Hand Favourites" can also be purchased from ASC (address above)
or obtained directly from either Helen or Harvey.
It features works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Czerny, Edward German and Fauré.

The CD "Diversity - Amrywiaeth" is the culmination of a project spanning several years,
commissioning works for piano duet from Welsh composers.
'We have been delighted by the high quality and variety of the music written for us
and it has been a privilege to work with these composers.

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