This event is part of ClimateKeys, a glocal initiative launching with over thirty concerts in nine countries during October & November 2017 to raise public engagement with CoP23, the 2017 UN climate talks taking place in November. ClimateKeys, founded by London-based composer pianist Lola Perrin, features concert pianists and climate change experts collaborating in performances that include a conversation with the audience about positive response to climate change. To date, over a hundred concert musicians and guest speakers in twenty countries have joined ClimateKeys. More concerts are being planned through 2018.

11 November 2017 at 7.30PM
London, UK

"I want to consider climate change as an idea instead of a “problem” requiring “solutions”. For me, constantly searching for a quick-fix solution is not helpful when it comes to climate change. What we need is space to consider our options and what climate change means for us individually. Yes, we know about the stronger storms, the higher sea levels, etc. But what does this mean to me, to you, to the person sitting next to you on the train, to the couple with the baby you passed in the park, to the old lady you saw at the bus stop? What meaning do all of these people give to climate change? I want to discuss how theatre can provide this space to think; a chance to stop, take a breath and ponder what can be done." (Julia Marques)

St Cuthbert's Church

Fordwych Road

London NW2 3TN

Entry free: Donations welcome

“We need to keep banging on about climate change to remind everyone that it's real and it's happening – that’s my reason for being part of ClimateKeys.” (NATALIE BLEICHER – PIANIST)

"Although musicians and artists have a history of dissecting (and criticising) political and current affairs, climate change is noticeably absent from contemporary cultural discourse. ClimateKeys is valuable in providing a platform for performers and audiences to reflect upon and discuss issues which may not otherwise feature in daily conversation.”(HANNAH GILL - PIANIST)

“I'm in ClimateKeys because it's great to find a new way of talking about, and drawing attention to, the huge issue of climate change.” (TIM PRYCE - PIANIST)


Karen Tanaka

Our Planet Earth (selected movements):

7. Wind Energy (1'30")

3. Solar Energy (2'15")

13. Light (4')

15. Our Planet Earth (2'40")


Preludes (selection)

NATALIE BLEICHER is a classical pianist and composer living in London. She has given several recitals of contemporary and standard repertoire. In 2014 she released a CD Dream Rotation – British Contemporary Piano Works. She has established her own chamber ensemble, Thalassa Ensemble, which gave its inaugural concert of contemporary works in West Hampstead in January 2016. Natalie is accompanist for Belsize Community Choir and Fortune Green Choir and regularly accompanies instrumentalists and singers for grade and diploma exams, recitals and auditions. As a composer Natalie has written pieces for piano, electronic keyboard and harp exams which are published by Trinity Guildhall and Beartramka. Her work Thalassa for flexible ensemble is in the Open Score anthology published by CoMA (Contemporary Music for All). In addition to her performing and composing activities Natalie works part time for BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) as Classical Co-ordinator. Visit nataliebleicher.com for a concert diary, list of repertoire and compositions, to listen to recordings or to purchase copies of her CD or sheet music of some of her compositions.

HANNAH GILL graduated with First Class honours in piano performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Born in Wales, Hannah was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. She was a concerto finalist in the Texaco Young Musician of Wales and performed on ITV in a documentary about the competition. Hannah is Music Director of Côr Llunsain, a London-based Welsh female-voice choir. Performance highlights have included conducting and accompanying choirs on live television at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Côr Cymru (‘Choir of Wales’) competitions. From 2015-16 Hannah was Organ Scholar at the Southbank Centre, a position which included recitals and demonstrations at the Royal Festival Hall alongside education and outreach work. She is also an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) and her

TIM PRYCE started learning the piano at the age of five, studied with Paul Armstrong for several years, and now takes lessons from Mary Dullea. Tim has performed Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, the Grieg piano concerto, Mozart’s A major concerto K488 and several orchestral piano parts including Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Tim also accompanies Cor Llunsain - a Welsh female choir in London - and holds a DipABRSM with distinction. Alongside his musical achievements Tim found time to graduate from the University of Oxford with a BA Hons in Geography and achieve a distinction from the University of Reading in his MSc in Applied Meteorology. He is passionate about environmental issues, particularly climate change, spending several years working as Head of Carbon Management for the Carbon Trust. He now works for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of over 90 of the world's largest cities taking action on climate change.

JULIA MARQUES is a climate change dramatist based in London. She has just completed her research exploring theatre’s potential as an alternative site of meaning-making around climate change that allows people space to think about its re-presentation in the performance space.