Caterina Grewe plays the piano in aid of The Amber Trust

Caterina Grewe lights up Amber Trust charity concert

Concert pianist Caterina Grewe was delighted to support the Amber Trust as she lit up the Wathen Hall last week with a spectacular performance of music from the German Romantic period.

The Royal College of Music professor thrilled the audience with an intimate recital of works from Brahms, Schumann and Liszt on March 2.

Her spellbinding performance of Liszt’s ‘Sonata in B-minor, S.178’ inspired well-deserved calls for an encore that was duly delivered.

Caterina Grewe is presented with flowers by The Amber Trust's Chair of Trustees Julia Walport
Rapturous applause: Caterina Grewe received flowers from The Amber Trust’s Chair of Trustees Julia Walport

It was the first time Caterina had performed at St Paul’s School in Barnes in aid of Amber since 2019.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and am very happy I was able to support Amber once again,” she commented. “The audience was really lovely and appreciative.”

The Amber Trust chief executive officer Angela Voyajolu was equally moved.

“Caterina’s performance was stunning and we are so grateful to her for sharing her incredible talents in aid of The Amber Trust, to St Paul’s School and to all those who attended,” she added. “It was a truly magical evening of music.” 

Caterina Grewe delivers an impassioned performance for The Amber Trust
Passion: Caterina Grewe’s intimate performance at The Wathen Hall was full of emotion

The concert followed Amber patron Derek Paravicini’s star turn at Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon 24 hours earlier.

Savant pianist Derek and his Quartet – featuring Ben Holder, Ollie Howell and Hannah Davey – took centre stage at the iconic luxury food brand’s Picadilly headquarters on March 1.

Their performance, accompanied by a ‘Classic Afternoon Tea’ supplied by the hosts, was very well received. It helped raise more than £4,000 for Amber via ticket sales and a stunning prize draw featuring a weekend for two in Paris.

“We are indebted to Fortnum & Mason for organising such a beautiful event in aid of Amber,” said Angela. “It was a wonderful evening of fantastic music and the generosity of everyone who attended was overwhelming.”

The Derek Paravicini Quartet dressed in glamorous evening wear and pictured in black and white
Smooth: The Derek Paravicini Quartet

Click here to read about how Caterina Grewe is thrilled with her dual role as a teacher and performer. For more on the Derek Paravicini Quartet click here.