The Music Group of London
The Parkhouse Award commemorates David Parkhouse who was, for many years, the pianist of the Music Group of London.
The Parkhouse Award was set up in memory of the outstanding chamber musician David Parkhouse following his untimely death in 1990. He was a founder-member and pianist of the Music Group of London with Eileen Croxford and Hugh Bean, an ensemble that enjoyed an illustrious international career and celebrated its 35th anniversary at Wigmore Hall in 1987.
In 1945, at the age of 14, David had been one of the youngest students to have entered the Royal College of Music, having won a major scholarship. He studied with Herbert Fryer and Lance Dossor and, when he was 17, won the RCMs highest award for piano playing, the Chappell Gold Medal. After serving in the Royal Air Force more prizes followed, with the Boise Foundation Award and the Queens Prize, when he was chosen to play before Her Majesty the Queen as soloist in Cesar Francks Symphonic Variations. He formed a trio with Eileen Croxford and Hugh Bean, all founder members of the Music Group of London to which David devoted much of his performing life.
A performance of admirable breadth and intensity.
Interpretation of deep commitment and moving power.
A wholly sensitive reading an interpretation of spacious beauty.
Reputedly one of the finest chamber music ensembles of its time, The Music Group of London played extensively at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St Johns Smith Square. They made several important recordings for BBC Radio 3, playing all the chamber music of Brahms, Dvorák and Mozart, the latter alongside a contemporary British work. Their commercial recordings include the Saga, Enigma and EMI labels. They travelled world-wide with extensive itineraries planned by David Parkhouse himself.
The group has quite exceptional talent, and they bring to all their work a dedicated musicianship and a technical excellence that is outstanding even in these days of super-efficiency.
The three trios played by the Music Group of London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall were well-chosen to illustrate the excellent quality of their performances both individually and as a group. In Beethovens D major piano trio Op 70, their playing was splendidly homogeneous in character and feeling, the three instruments mutually responsive and carefully integrated into a lucid, finely-balanced texture.