Alexander Dichmont and Richard Allum (piano): A Spring Soirée

The Library, Bignor Park House

An evening of beautiful music for piano solo and duet in the delightful and intimate surroundings of Bignor Park House, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Mersey. Programme will feature Beethoven’s iconic Pathetique sonata. All proceeds will go to the Westbourne House Chapel Choir Tour Fund.

Alexander Dichmont was born in Cape Town and after studying with Lamar Crowson and Shirley Gie graduated with distinction from the University there in 1981. Whilst at UCT, Alex performed regularly as part of a two-piano duo, and with Lamar Crowson performed the world premiere of Roelof Temmingh’s “Music for Two Pianos”, which was broadcast live on national radio. Following an outstanding result in his Licentiate diploma on the piano, a scholarship from the Associated Board brought him to England, enabling him to continue his studies on both piano and organ at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1984 he was awarded a Masters Degree in performance and two years later gained the Professional Performance Diploma with merit.

A pupil of Dame Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston, Alex won first prize in the 5th South African Organ Festival Competition in 1985, and later that year won third prize and the Audience Prize at the prestigious St Albans International Organ Competition. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he has given many organ recitals in the UK, Canada, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland, specialising in the music of the German Baroque and twentieth century France. As a choral conductor, Alex has worked with the Bournemouth Bach Choir, the Rilstone Singers and the Rogate Choral Society. He founded the Shopwyke Singers in 1994.

Since 1991 he has been the Director of Music at Westbourne House School, where he leads a flourishing music department, and for the past few years he has held the post of Organist and Choirmaster at Boxgrove Priory.

Richard Allum read Music at Durham University, where he was Organ Scholar at University College. He studied piano with Barry Maleham, graduating in 2009 with one of the highest Final Recital marks in the music department’s history. He has since become a Licentiate of Trinity College London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Schools of Music.

Richard has performed throughout the UK, in Europe, and as far afield as Australia, and had success in a number of competitions. He was a double prize-winner at the Oundle International Festival, a Hesse Scholar at the Aldeburgh Festival, and a Finalist in the European Piano Teachers’ Association Piano Competition for three years running, winning 1st Prize in 2008. This led to him being awarded a scholarship to study at the Birmingham International Piano Academy with John Lill and Peter Donohoe. In recent years, he has participated in master classes with Noriko Ogawa, Murray Maclachlan, Steven Osborne and Andràs Schiff, the latter being recorded by BBC Radio 3.

Much in demand as an accompanist, Richard enjoys a number of exciting partnerships with leading singers and instrumentalists. He is Assistant Director of Music at Westbourne House School.

Tickets £20 (children £5) available in advance from or 01243 770756, see poster.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    March 1, 2024 7:30 pm
  • End Date
    March 1, 2024 9:00 pm
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