The mayor’s London lodger tunes up to become renowned pianist for charity concert
Memories of an unknown lad who became his lodger in London will be revived for Marlborough’s mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson, when the internationally renowned concert pianist Andreas Boyde comes to town at the end of the month.
Andreas is to give a charity concert recital at St Peter’s Church – and a piano workshop at St John’s School – at the end of the month to raise funds for the mayor’s two charities, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice.
As a child in East Germany, Andreas he went to a school for the musically super-talented and played the piano for the likes of the East German Communist boss Erich Honecker when he visited Dresden.
Just before the Berlin Wall came down, Andreas won a British Council scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. And that’s when he linked with the mayor, a student seeking somewhere to live.
“We lived in Islington close to Highbury football stadium and used to take lodgers from the Guildhall -- they provided a very civilised class of lodger,” recalled the mayor.
“So it was that Andreas came to live with us on the fifth floor for several years, while he studied with the quite famous, but now dead, Jimmy Gibb.”
“After about a week we had to ask him not to practice on our 100 year old Broadwood grand -- a soloist expecting to be heard at the back of a concert hall is a bit fierce on an old piano -- and he went to the practice rooms at the Steinway Hall and a proper Steinway piano.”
Andreas, now 34, is an established as a major international concert pianist, playing all around Europe, North and South America and the Far East. “But we have always kept in touch and now I am delighted he is coming to Marlborough to boost my charities,” added the mayor.
He will be at St John’s for a one-hour piano workshop for students on November 24 and the following evening will be offering a programme of Brahms, Haydn, Liszt and Robert Schumann at St Peter’s Church.
Tickets for the 7.30pm concert costing £5, including a glass of wine, can be obtained at Sound Knowledge and the White Horse Bookshop.