Summer Concerts


We’ve chosen Hommage as the theme for 2018’s concerts from the acclaimed British pianist James Lisney. The ….hommage series honours composers, pianists, the piano and, in the opening recital, Karl Stice, our piano technician, with the inclusion of the world premiere of his composition – Marmandaise Rag!

In June we pay hommage to the music of France with an evening dedicated to French composers; in July to Fryderyk Chopin and in August to you, our audience, with a final concert of favourites from this summer’s programme.

We hope you’ll join us to hear music ranging from Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, much-loved Chopin’s waltzes, Debussy’s Hommage à Rameau and Clair de lune in this his 100th anniversary year and of course Liszt’s beautiful and inspirational Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude.  As usual, the second recital in each month will be held by candlelight in what is now a La Balie tradition!


 “With a remarkable varied sound, springing from a unique sensitivity, James Lisney succeeded in holding the attention of the audience throughout, not allowing a moments escape into other thoughts, attracting them with permanent internal movement and intense artistic feelings. A truly original musical personality.”  Actualitatea Muzicala, Bucharest


 To make a reservation please use our Contact form. Tickets €20



Music at La Balie – Summer Concerts 2018


Friday, May 25th at 19h.00

From Chopin to Gershwin

Fryderyk Chopin Nocturne in e, opus 72
Mazurkas, opus 6 and 7
Waltz in e minor, opus posth
Lento con gran espressione
Romance from Piano Concerto, opus 11
Clément Doucet Chopinata
William Bolcom Graceful Ghost Rag
Karl Stice Marmandaise Rag
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Tuesday, May 29th at 22h.00

Concert aux chandelles

Bach Cortot Aria
Bach Kempff Siciliano
Bach Hess Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Fryderyk Chopin Grande valse brillante, opus 18
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, opus 22
Mazurka in a, opus 17
Beethoven Sonata, opus 109



Friday, June 15th at 19h.00

Vive la France! An evening dedicated to French composers

Jean-Philippe Rameau Les tendres plaintes
Les sauvages
Claude Debussy Hommage à Rameau
Suite bergamasque
Cécile Chaminade Automne
Francis Poulenc Trois novelettes
Emmanuel Chabrier Habanera
Scherzo-valse (Pieces pittoresques)

Tuesday, June 19th at 22.00

Concert aux chandelles

Fryderyk Chopin Polonaise, opus 26/1
Etude, opus 10/3
Etude, opus 10/5
Etude, opus 25/1
Etude, opus 25/5
Franz Schubert Sonata in G, D894



Thursday, 5th July at 19h.00

An evening of Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin Waltzes, opus 34
Fantaisie, opus 49
Impromptu, opus 51
Sonate, opus 35 (Marche funèbre)

Monday, 9th July at 22.00

Concert aux chandelles

Franz Liszt Ave Maria
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
Beethoven Sonata, opus 110
Sergei Prokofiev Suite de Romeo et Juliette



Thursday, August 23rd at 19h.00

The late works of Chopin and Beethoven

Fryderyk Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie, opus 61
Mazurkas, opus 63
Waltzes, opus 64
Beethoven Sonata, opus 111

Monday, August 27th at 22.00

Concert aux chandelles

J S Bach Partita in E, BWV 1006 arr. Rachmaninoff
Beethoven Für Elise
Arvo Pärt Für Alina
Claude Debussy Hommage à Rameau
George Gershwin Preludes
Fryderyk Chopin Romance from Concerto, opus 11 arr. Balakirev
Etude in E, opus 10/3
Largo from Cello Sonata, opus 65 arr. Cortot
Polonaise op 53 ‘Heroique’


“I have nothing but praise for James Lisney’s piano playing; he combines velvet touch and a wide range of colour with complete understanding of phrasing and dynamic shading. This is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul.” The Telegraph

“Lisney impressed with his clarity of sound, his ability to elucidate the shape of the music and to stand back a little from it as if in modest deference. Exquisitely controlled performances.”  The Times