Local composer and piano teacher Fred Scott’s new work for two pianos is being premiered this Tuesday in the Fairfield Hall’s lunch time concert being given by the Russian pianists Mikhail Kazakevich and Elena Zosina.
The new work Toccata seconda, a paraphrase on operas by Ferruccio Busoni.
The duo will also perform music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty arranged for two pianos by Mikhail.
Tuesday 5 July 1.05pm
£5, Concessions £4.50
Just turn up on the day to buy your tickets
Fred used to run the Croydon Music Services’ Centre for Young Pianists (CCYP) before it was shut down as a result of the outgoing Tory controlled Council’s budget cuts for 2014/15. He now works with the Bromley music service.
Fred is saddened by the decision to close Fairfield Halls during its refurbishment rather than keep it partially open. In my discussion paper on the future of Fairfield Halls written for the debate started in 2013 by South Croydon Community Association, I quoted Fred saying:
‘FH has always been co-operative in allowing me to book events there focused on performances involving local young artists across genres of music.’
He indicated that he would like to help re-establish the Halls ‘as a major centre within London for the staging of important musical/cultural events as it is my firmly held belief that if the profile can be raised sufficiently this will only benefit Croydon and demonstrate new possibilities to young people for avenues of achievement.’
Fred and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Back in December 2009 Fred helped me set up the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network with the composer’s biographer Jeff Green.
As part of the 2012 Coleridge-Taylor Festival Fred was involved in the project that saw the local Youth Theatre Company Studio 74 give the first performance in Ashcroft Theatre of a new musical by Stella Coussell (South London composer) called Song for the World, based around the life of the composers’ life.
As part of a CMS concert in January 2013 Fred made sure that the composer’s work was featured. 6 young pianists played works by him, and three played their own works inspired by the composer: Jefferson Tawaba The Changed Story – Tribute to SCT inspired by Deep River, and Shantal Edirappuli and Yasmeen Radif premiered their joint Awakening – variations on a theme of SC-T for 2 pianos, flute, violin and cello with guest artist from the London Mozart Players, Sebastian Comberti (cello).
Fred and Skeletal Cancer
Fred’s Soundpractice agency has put on concerts at the Halls as fund-raisers for Skeletal Cancer Action Trust, some of these have featured people affected by that disease, which Fred is a sufferer of.
Fred’s book One Autumn Day. Surviving Cancer can be purchased at
Fred launched the book at this year’s Hay Festival and was on the panel ’40 Years of Advances: how research has changed the face of cancer prevention, detection and treatment’ at it on 4 June. A recording of the discussion can be downloaded at