Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts series: Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

A Programme of Chopin: Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) 

  • Three Ecossaises, Op. posth 72, no. 3
    • Ecossaise in D major
    • Ecossaise in G major
    • Ecossaise in D-flat major
  • Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# minor, Op. 66
  • Waltz No. 14 in E Minor, Op. posth.
  • Berceuse in Db, Op.57
  • Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op. 58
    • Allegro maestoso
    • Scherzo: Molto vivace
    • Largo
    • Finale: Presto non tanto

In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in coming seasons.

He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2021-22.

During the Coronavirus pandemic he performed over 80 online solo concerts, with over 120 works to over 300,000 people worldwide has been at the forefront of developing online streaming as a means for musicians to continue performing.  He is the Artistic Director of

A passionate chamber musician, he is the Artistic Director of the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series and is founder and Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia.

His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA.  He is a popular soloist on the UK concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as a guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC.  He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 4-year period for a 12-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in increasing demand himself as a teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Departments and tutors on a number of residential courses, including Finchcocks, Pro Corda, Piano Week and Pianissimi, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

“Rapidly establishing himself as one of the best pianists of his generation Warren Mailley-Smith is that rare exceptional talent who turns out to be utterly charming and down to earth with a gentle, self-deprecating sense of humour. Combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, these attributes have made him a favourite for both audiences and St Martin’s staff alike.”  St Martin in the Field, Staff Pick of the Month

Chichester Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concert series is self-supporting, and thrives through the generosity of its audiences. While there is no charge for admission, we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per person, with Gift Aid applied if possible.

Admission is free with a retiring collection. See the Cathedral website for further info.

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