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‘Deeply Satisfying’ - A piano recital by Jane Ford, reviewed by Mike Wheeler:

This was not only an evening of superb piano playing, it was also a master-class in programme-building. A network of connections – water imagery, the grand virtuoso tradition, pieces with a particular way of exploiting the piano’s bass register – bound together with what might, at first glance, have seemed a fairly disparate group of composers.

Jane Ford made a fairly restrained start to Mozart’s C minor Sonata K457, which allowed the underlying tensions to simmer away in their own good time. There was a powerful sense of concentration in the slow movement.

Her crisp finger work ensured real clarity in the opening of Liszt’s Ballade No.2, instead of the undifferentiated subterranean rumbling we sometimes get, while the climax was not just a big virtuoso splash, it made musical sense, too.

Rachmaninov’s B flat Prelude Op.23 No.2, full of finely graded and controlled dynamics, was followed by one of the most extrovert readings of Ravel’s ‘Jeux d’Eau’ I think I’ve heard.

Ford brought a compelling dramatic sense to Ronald Stevenson’s ‘Peter Grimes Fantasy’, presenting familiar themes from the opera in a new and unsuspected light. The four Preludes by the sadly short-lived Janet Owen Thomas showed her powerful command of keyboard technique, to which Ford did full justice. Memory Gongs, based on a repeated falling phrase was particularly spellbinding.

Chopin’s Fourth Ballade, its varied moods welded into a seamless whole by Ford’s intelligent shaping, brought the evening to a deeply satisfying end.

Malcolm Hazell: 

Jane Ford is a musician of rare quality. She has a sound technique, the imagination to use that technique in the service of whatever piece she plays, and considerable musical insight.

Kenneth Hamilton:

Jane is one of the most talented young pianists to study at Birmingham University Music Department.. She possesses a solid technique, considerable musical sensitivity, and is in command of an increasingly large repertoire.


Italian Concerto
Prelude & fugue no.8 in G flat
Prelude & fugue no.17 in A flat
Prelude & fugue no.19 in A
Prelude & Fugue in B flat minor

Sonatas:  no.19 in G major
no.263 in E minor
no.264 in E
no.426 in G minor
no.461 in C
no.544 in B flat
no.545 in B flat

Fantasia in C
Sonata in E minor Hob XVI:2
Sonata in C Hob XVI:50
Variations in F min HobXVII:6

Sonata K576 in D
Sonata K310 in A minor
Sonata K570 in B flat
Sonata K457 in C
Fantasie K475 in C
Rondo in A minor K511

Sonata op.2 no.1
Sonata op.7
Sonata op.31 no.2
Sonata op.81a
Sonata op.109
Sonata op.110
32 Variations Wo0 80
Six Bagatelles op.126

Impromptu op.90 no 1
Impromptu op.90 no 2
Impromptu op.90 no 3
Impromptu op.90 no 4
Impromptu op.142 no 3

Fantasiestuke op.111 no.2
Traumerai (From Kinderzenen)
Arabesque op.18
Abegg Variations
Romance op.28 no.2
Fantasiestuke op.12:
Waldszenen op.82 

Holberg Suite

Intermezzo op.116 no.4

Petrach Sonnett no.47
Petrach Sonnett no.104
Petrach Sonnett no.123
Les jeux d'eau a la villa d'este
Ballade no.1 in D flat
Ballade no.2 in B minor
Study no.5 ‘La Chasse’

Nocturne in D flat op.27 no.2
Scherzo op.20 no.1 in B minor
Ballade op.23 no.1 in G
Study op.10 no.4
Study op.25 no.6
Study op.25 no.12
Variations Brillantes op.12
Waltz opus 34 no.2
Mazurka opus 24 no.1
Mazurka opus 24 no.2
Mazurka opus 24 no.3
Mazurka opus 24 no.4
Mazurka opus 30 no.1
Mazurka opus 30 no.2
Mazurka opus 30 no.3
Mazurka opus 30 no.4

Une Barque Sur L'Ocean
Oiseux Tristes

Reflets dans l'eau
L'Isle joyeuse
Etude pour les huigts doigts
Preludes Book 1
Childrens Corner
Clair de lune

El Amour y la Muerte

Presto in B flat

Prelude op.3 no.2
Prelude op.23 no.2
Prelude op.23 no.4
Prelude op.23 no.7
Etude Tableau op.39 no.1
Etude Tableau op.39 no.5
Etude Tableau  op.33 no.2

Sonata op.28 no.3

Suite Op.13
Romanian Folk Dances
From the Diary of a Fly

Study no. VI of VI studies
Study no.V of V studies


Study op.8 no.12 in D# minor
Prelude in B opus 16 no.1

6 Little Piano Pieces

Variations on a Chord

Peter Grimes Fantasy

Etude no.2
Etude no.5

Quatre Dialegs a la Memoria Ricardo Vines:
Impromptu en el Generalife

John McCabe
Evening Harmonies

Janet Owen Thomas
Four Preludes

Geoffrey Poole
I Ching cycle

Piers Hellawell
Airs, Waters and Floating Islands

Steven Hough
Etude de Concert

Rory Boyle


Prices include consultations prior to the event to discuss:

Evening Recital (2 programmes of 30-40 minutes with interval): £500
Lunchtime Recital (programme of 45 minutes): £250

A non-refundable deposit of £50 is required to secure any booking. Cheques to be made payable to Jane Ford.