CLOSING f r a g m e n t s RECITAL

6.15pm & 6.45pm – Duration 15mins
7.15pm – Duration 30 mins

Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.
Shantih shantih shantih

Eliot’s closing words in The Waste Land are the traditional ending to an Upanishad and in his notes to the poem he offers as an equivalence in English, ’The Peace which passeth understanding.’ To conclude our celebration we welcome the multi-award winning pianist and composer Rekesh Chauhan to perform, on the piano, ragas that share with The Waste Land themes such as rain, romance and fire.

Rekesh Chauhan is a multi-award winning British pianist and composer. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall and British Houses of Parliament to name just a few venues amongst his international tours. Rekesh’s collaborations range from Nobel Peace Prize performers to Mercury Prize Award winners. He is an iTunes World Charts Top 3 artist, a TEDx speaker and a collaborator with the University of Oxford on music research productions. Rekesh was awarded ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the National Indian Arts Awards in 2018 and in 2020, Rekesh was commended by the UK Prime Minister for raising awareness of mental health through arts.

Many thanks to MILAP ( for their assistance to help develop this event

The Steinway concert piano chosen and hired by the T S Eliot Estate is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London. 


Rekesh Chauhan + Surdashan Chana (tabla)

Rekesh Chauhan + Surdashan Chana (tabla)


St Vedast Alias Foster Church

The Parish of St Vedast is known from the 12th century, and the church is traditionally claimed to have been established by 1170. It has been altered, enlarged and restored many times and probably rebuilt at least twice, the last time by Christopher Wren, after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Having been completely burnt out during the Blitz of World War II, the church was restored under the direction of its Rector, Canon Mortlock, and a very influential Parochial Church Council that included Poet Laureate John Betjeman and master organ builder, Noel Mander.

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