Crazy February

A busy month for John saw him performing four recitals with Emma Johnson which included Brahms Sonatas, Prokofiev Sonata (soon to be recorded) and their own arrangements of “Scenes from West Side Story” and Gershwin melodies. in fact John’s work as arranger has been heard far and wide recently with Ksenija Siderova performing Piazzolla in Latvia and Norway, Nicola Benedetti performing Gardel in USA (see here for WQXR live streaming event from New York – it’s the last piece) and Maksim performing in China and Taiwan. His latest album “The Movies” is now available with arrangements by John Lenehan of “The Godfather”, “Mission Impossible” and the theme from “Spartacus”

Maksim - The Movies

John is currently working on three arrangements for Alisa Weilerstein.

John also gave a piano recital for the Morpeth Music club in February, playing the following programme:

Mendelssohn Andante and Rondo

Sterndale Bennett Sonata in F minor

Schumann Etudes Symphoniques op.13

Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor (trans. Sydney Smith)

This unusual programme highlighted the marvellous sonata by Sterndale Bennett and his relationships with Mendelssohn (the sonata was dedicated to him) and Schumann (whose op. 13 was dedicated to Sterndale Bennett.

The London Soloists Ensemble was also busy in February, giving two performances of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the end of Time”

A typically varied Lenehan month!

Here is Maksim performing “The Godfather” as arranged for him by John Lenehan.


New CD recording……

John Lenehan starts 2013 with a new recording for Naxos. The sessions will take place in the first week of January at the Menuhin Hall.With Julian Lloyd Webber and his wife Jiaxin Cheng. The disc is provisionally called “A Tale of Two Cellos” and the repertoire is a typically eclectic JLW mix – from Monteverdi to Arvo Part!     

(photo credit: Ian Cameron)


Later in January John will join Tasmin for a recital at Abbotsholme School. Details below –

Thursday January 17th at 8.00pm

Tasmin Little violin and John Lenehan piano

Brahms Scherzo (FAE sonata}
Elgar Violin Sonata
Beethoven Sonata in A op.47

Tickets from Abbotsholme Arts Society BOX-OFFICE 01543 263304
£20 for adults, £5 for under 25s.

December in Taiwan

John Lenehan spent two marvellous weeks in Taiwan performing in the “Taiwan Connections” festival. This annual event draws musicians from all over the world – many who have trained in Taiwan before moving abroad. A programme including Elgar’s Violin Sonata and the Brahms Eb Viola Sonata was performed in Taipei, Taichung City, Hsinchu and Hualien with Nai-Yuan Hu  and Scott Lee  (who are both based in the US).  John Lesson also gave a masterclass at the Taipei National University of the Arts. One of the most impressive features of this festival is the Orchestra led from the leaders chair by Nia-Yuan. This year they gave a wonderful performance of the Brahms 4th Symphony (without conductor). The 2010 performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony can be viewed in full on You Tube. Here is the beginning of the first movement.




Before stopping for the festive season, there was just time to fit in the BBC “In Tune” Christmas Special with Tasmin Little.

Tas       image

Plenty more photos on the programme’s Facebook site –

London Soloists Ensemble

This new ensemble with John Lenehan as pianist can be heard in Blackheath Concert      Halls on Sunday 21st October at 11.00. They will be playing the following Programme:

MOZART Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano K. 498 (Kegelstadt)
STANFORD – Piano Quartet No.2 in C minor Op.133
BRAHMS – Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.25

The concert will be filmed. Highlights from each work will be posted on Youtube shortly.

New Piazzolla arrangement recorded in Cardiff

On September 24th, the same day as John Lenehan was performing for the BBC live from the Wigmore Hall, virtuoso accordionist ksenija sidorova was in Cardiff recording his new arrangement of “Libertango” by Piazzolla. Thomas Gould joined her for “Oblivion” in its new guise as a duet for accordion and violin. Both works were accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Clark Rundell. The recording will be issued by Champs Hill Records next year. Ksenija was also seen recently on the Classic Brit Awards ceremony performing with the guitarist Miloš and was  featured on Nicola Bennedetti’s “Silver Violin” album in John’s arrangement of “Por una Cabessa” by Gardel. Gardel. Here is Decca’s video of that track….

John appeared in concert during October with Julian Lloyd Webber (Plymouth), Emma Johnson (Stratford-upon-Avon) and with Jack Liebeck and Guy Johnston in piano trios.