Pianist William Hancox was born and brought up in Upton and educated locally. Both his parents lived in the village until the end of their lives and were active members of the church and the local community. He gave his last piano recital at Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 1986!
After a degree at Cambridge, William studied with the Hungarian pianist Joseph Weingarten, himself a student of Dohnanyi, Bartok and Kodaly. He has performed in major venues as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout the UK and internationally, broadcast for Classic FM and the BBC and made a number of CD recordings. He has held staff pianist positions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh.
William has performed throughout Europe, with concerts in Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Iceland. He has made several trips to China, giving masterclasses, song recitals, solo recitals and concerts in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
He has also worked extensively as a vocal coach, both at home and abroad, with many students now pursuing successful singing careers.
William lives in East Sussex and is active in many local musical projects.
William Hancox programme 5th March 2022
Italian concerto BWV 971 J.S. Bach
Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 Chopin
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 34 no. 1 Chopin
Waltz in C sharp minor Op. 64 no. 2
Waltz in E minor Op. posth.
3 preludes from Book 2: Debussy
La puerta del vino
Général Lavine - eccentric
L’isle joyeuse Debussy