Charity concerts
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Denis Vaughan at Royal Festival Hall

CAARE presented a classical music concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London featuring Denis Vaughan conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Clemens Leske. The evening was a rousing success and helped raise awareness of the causes of CAARE as well as providing a cultured night out for guests and patrons. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who attended for the superb energy in the hall on the evening, for the kind comments and for the generous donations.
This historic occassion marks the premiere of Dvořák's New World Symphony in its original manuscript form, for which Australian conductor Denis Vaughan has been a passionate advocate. Vaughan brought about the Ricordi publishing of a new complete critical edition of Verdi operas in 1977, and hopes to do the same for Dvořák's Symphonies, for which he has the support of the Czech state publisher.

Of necessity, conducting took a back seat. Only recently has Vaughan found time to relaunch the works of Dvořák as the composer wrote them, and to pick up the baton again. Following a well-received concert in May 2005, he is seeking to relaunch his conducting career as CAARE grows.

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Clemens Leske

Clement Leske

Brilliant young Australian pianist Clemens Leske made his concerto debut when he was only 14, with Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto in Australia, and has since appeared with all the major Australian orchestras, including Sydney, Melbourne and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Virtuosi of Moscow. Winner of numerous awards including the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and London's Hattori Award, he won grants to study both at the Julliard School in New York, where he was a soloist in FOCUS! and Bang-on-a-Can Festivals, and here in London. Recent performances of the Tchaikovsky and Grieg Concertos in Sydney, Australia have received high critical acclaim. "...his performance of the Tchaikovsky received no less than five curtain calls and a standing ovation... as he sparred with the orchestra in a gripping exchange." [SYDNEY MORNING HERALD]

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