NECOM and Musica Viva Armidale present John Bell and Simon Tedeschi ‘Bright Star’

John Bell and Simon Tedeschi present ‘Bright Star’, Saturday 31 August, 7pm, Armidale Town Hall. Tickets available from

Australian theatre icon, John Bell AO OBE and internationally acclaimed pianist Simon Tedeschi renew their triumphant partnership with ‘Bright Star’, exploring the life, love and genius of two bright stars of the Romantic era – John Keats and Franz Schubert. Though they never met, these contemporaneous geniuses of literature and music were kindred spirits: both died young, having loved a woman beyond his reach due to her superior social standing, and both created masterpieces which still resonate strongly today.

Performing some of the most beloved poems of Keats including ‘Bright Star’, Bell and Tedeschi share their insights into the enduring power of these timeless works, and the lives of the artists who created them.

‘Bright Star’ will include the following works with a duration of approximately 70 min:

Poems by John Keats

I Stood tiptoe…

Ode to Autumn

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Ode on a Grecian Urn

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

When I Have Fears

This Living Hand

Ode to a Nightingale

Bright Star


Music by Franz Schubert

Impromptu op. 90. no.s 1, 3, 4

Impromptu op. 90. no. 2 (excerpt)

Wanderer Fantasie, D. 760, ii. Adagio

Piano sonata no.18 in G major D.894 ‘Fantasy’, ii. Andante (excerpt)

Piano sonata no.21 in B Flat, D.960, i. Molto moderato  (excerpt)

Klavierstucke no. 3 in C major, D.496 (excerpt)

More about John Bell

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