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John Adams: The Wound-Dresser

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Saturday 28 April 2018, Barbican, London at 7.30pm

The BBC Singers perform Ravel, Adams, Vaughan Williams and Harris (UK premiere)

Programme

Maurice Ravel
Le tombeau de Couperin
John Adams
The Wound-Dresser
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ross Harris
Face

 

Allison Bell – soprano
James Way – tenor
Marcus Farnsworth – baritone
BBC Singers
Gergely Madaras – conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra

The role of those who care for the injured provides the theme: Ralph Vaughan Williams, like Maurice Ravel, was too old to serve in the First World War but he volunteered as a stretcher bearer while the Frenchman drove munitions lorries behind the lines, putting himself in extreme danger. His Le tombeau de Couperin remembers friends killed in the First World War.

John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, for baritone and orchestra, sets words by Walt Whitman who tended the wounded in battle, while Ross Harris’s celebrates the work of fellow New Zealander, the plastic surgeon Harold Gillies who pioneered facial reconstruction and contributed to the rehabilitation of thousands of servicemen.

Face, receiving its UK premiere is a work for soloists, chorus and orchestra with projections.

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Contemporary Music For All

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Saturday 21 April 2018, St Thomas of Aquins High School, Edinburgh – all day

Join the Hebrides Ensemble as part of the CoMA Edinburgh 2018 Festival

Hebrides Ensemble

Contemporary Music For All
Singers and Instrumentalists: Come and join us for a day of music-making
Be Part of the Future of Music

Do you love new music? Do you enjoy playing an instrument or singing? Then join Hebrides Ensemble for a day of inspiring and surprising music-making in this unique celebration of the UK’s flourishing new music culture. As part of the Contemporary Music for All 2018 Festival, you will have the chance to rehearse and perform alongside Hebrides Ensemble musicians led by conductor and Hebrides Ensemble’s Artistic Director, William Conway and Violinist, James Clark.

Applications to take part are invited from all instrumentalists and singers aged 16 or over and of grade 5 standard or above. The repertoire will include a new commission by Nigel Osborne for orchestra and choir.

You can be part of it!

Dates: Saturday 21st April
Schedule: 9.30 registration
10.00 – 13.00 Rehearsals
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14,00 – 16.30 Rehearsals
17.00 – Informal Concert

Venue: St Thomas of Aquins High School, 2 – 20 Chambers St, Edinburgh EH3 9ES

Fee: £25 full price, £15 unemployed, disability and student

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A Wonderful Day

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Friday 20 April 2018, Stoller Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 7.30pm

Psappha in Performance

Programme
Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day
Fausto Romitelli Amok Koma
Mike Walker Autonomy (World première)*
Steven Mackey Deal

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Mike Walker Electric guitar
Iain Dixon Reeds
Mike Smith Drums
Psappha Ensemble
Overview

Psappha explores the connections between jazz, rock and classical. The centerpiece is a new work by the renowned jazz guitarist and composer Mike Walker. Psappha is joined by Mike and reeds player Iain Dixon in a piece that combines classical music with the improvisation and rhythmic drive of jazz. Mike also joins us as the soloist in Steven Mackey’s Deal, which intertwines rock and classical.

Romitelli’s palindromic work draws inspiration from German punk rock while Clyne’s A Wonderful Day features a recording of a Chicago street musician whose natrural, slow voice conveys a sense of both joy and struggle.

*Mike Walker’s new work is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

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Sacred Debussy with the CBSO

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Saturday 24th March, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 7.00pm

Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 8 Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Debussy (orch. Matthews) La cathédrale engloutie, 5′
Bach Organ solo, 10′
Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium, 5′
Messiaen Dieu parmi nous, 10′
Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane, 9′
Debussy Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, 35′

“What rules do you follow?”

…asked Claude Debussy’s music teacher. “Pleasure,” he replied. But pleasure can unlock whole worlds. 100 years after his death, join Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO as they set out in search of the wonder, the power and the sheer beauty of music’s quietest revolutionary.

We’ll journey through sensual pleasures and sacred ecstasies, children’s games and bold new sounds, culminating in a concert performance of Debussy’s fairytale opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It’s an adventure that’ll involve our entire musical family, plus musical groups from across the whole city.

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Psappha perform Boulez

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Thursday March 22nd 2018, Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester, 7:30pm,

Le Marteau sans maître – A twentieth century classic

Pierre Boulez - 1972  -  France / Ile-de-France (region) / Paris  -  Pierre Boulez, Paris, 1972  - Philippe Gras / Le Pictorium. Image shot 1972.

Takemitsu Towards the Sea
Tom Harrold New Work (World première)*
Berio Naturale
Boulez Le Marteau sans Maître

Jamie Phillips Conductor
Jessica Gillingwater Mezzo soprano
Psappha Ensemble

Meaning The Hammer Without a Master, Boulez’ iconic work is a classic of the twentieth century whose sonority and sense of time and direction were profoundly influenced by music from Asia and Africa. Rising star Tom Harrold’s new work has been commissioned by Psappha to complement the Boulez.

Berio’s Naturale pairs live musicians with recordings of Sicilian street vendors highlighting the contrast between flowing folk melodies and the raw, natural voice of the street singer. Takemitsu’s Towards the Sea recalls the ebb and flow of the ocean and was commissioned by the Greenpeace Foundation for their Save the Whale campaign.

*The Tom Harrold commission is supported by the Fidelio Charitable Trust.

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Pre-concert film – 6.00pm – free to ticket holders
Barrie Gavin’s 2005 film: Pierre Boulez: Living in the Present. Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special screening of this intimate portrait of a remarkable artist and his inspiration.

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Bach, The Universe and Everything

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Sunday 18th February at Kings Place, London, 11.30am

Steven Devine director
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Kishan Dholakia guest scientist

Seeing Life in a New Light

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

For this morning’s session we’re joined by Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrew’s enticingly-named Optical Manipulation Group. A world-expert in the physics of light, he’s fascinated by how the science of photonics can use imaging to help unravel the mysteries of the brain.

Alongside Professor Dholakia’s talk, we’ll be performing one of Bach’s most varied cantatas, BWV 83. Mixing joyful arias with funereal sounds, it’s a rollercoaster journey celebrating the glories of life as well as the sadness of death.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In this concert we’ll be playing Bach’s cantata Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant).

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (Banchory)

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Tuesday 13 February at 7.30pm Woodend Barn, Banchory
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)
Osborne: Adagio for Vedran Smailovic

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.

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Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (Perth Concert Hall)

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Monday 12 February at 1.00pm, Perth Concert Hall
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.

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Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (New Galloway)

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Sunday 11 February at 3.00pm, CatStrand, New Galloway
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)
Osborne: Adagio for Vedran Smailovic

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.

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Caught in Treetops with Psappha

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Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7.30pm, St. Michael’s, Ancoats, Manchester

Programme

Charlotte Bray Caught in the Treetops*
Anna Clyne Paintbox
Robert Reid Allan The Palace of Light
Lucy Armstrong Space Adventure
Michael Cryne In Cloud Light
Will Frampton The Greening Variations
Bethan Morgan-Williams In Kenopsia
James Williamson Fault-Klang

Benedict Holland Violin*
Psappha Ensemble
Overview

The life-changing effects of the atomic bomb are explored in Anna Clyne’s immersive soundscape which combines recorded voice, breathing and other sound loops with a sonorous cello line.

Bound together by a sense of mystery and a relentless energy Charlotte Bray’s work for solo violin and ensemble responds to two contrasting lunar poems. The concert also showcases the next generation of talent with our pick of the best works from Psappha’s emerging composer schemes.

Psappha: Demystifying New Music
Pre-concert talk – 6.40pm – free to ticket holders
Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special talk that will introduce you to the composers and the inspiration behind the music being performed tonight.

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Slapstick Festival Silent Comedy Gala

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Friday 26th January at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol

Silent Comedy Gala Billboard

Bristol’s stand-out annual comedy celebration returns for a fourteenth edition at Colston Hall – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.

The host for this year’s gala show is soon to be announced and the film programme is an incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by world class live musical accompaniment.

Buster Keaton’s best loved and most innovative film Sherlock Jr (1924) joins Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life (1918) to headline the show with live music.

Sherlock Jr is accompanied by the world premiere of a new, semi-improvised score composed by Guenter A. Buchwald and performed by the renowned European Silent Screen Virtuosi and members of Bristol Ensemble. A Dog’s Life features Chaplin’s own composition for the film and will be performed by a 15-piece Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

Plus: Laurel & Hardy’s hilarious comedy short Angora Love (1929) and live performance from innovative, award-winning visual comedy performers The Kagools and with our exciting guest host this looks like being our finest and funniest Gala event to date!

£10.50 to £60.00 incl. booking fee

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£60.00* (limited to 50)
Access to exclusive post-show VIP after show experience with complimentary drink
Gala merchandise souvenir
Commemorative VIP lanyard (for access to post-show drinks)
One premium ticket located in the stalls
Exclusive limited souvenir event poster (not for sale)
Souvenir mini-programme
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Piano40 Premieres at Southbank

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21st May 2018 at 7.45pm, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Piano40 Graphic

Experience a selection from Piano40’s unique repertoire for eight hands at two pianos, including three premiere performances, as they return for their tenth Southbank Centre recital.

Piano40 have built their reputation on programming works especially composed for the ensemble, alongside original works from the 19th century. 33 composers have written for the group to date.

Performers
Jeremy Brown piano
Helen Cawthorne piano
Richard Deering piano
Craig White piano

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Snape Maltings – Christmas Weekend

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Friday 15 – Sunday 17 December, 2017 at Snape maltings in Suffolk

Snape Maltings

A weekend of festive activities and concerts for both children and adults, including The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert with live orchestra and fun family activities around the site including workshops, storytelling sessions and a trail. Plus start the month with the Co-op Juniors’ Christmas Spectacular in the Land of Oz.

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Laura Snowden – Julian Bream Trust

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Tuesday 21st November 2017, at 7.30pm – Wigmore Hall

Laura Snowden - guitar

Laura Snowden performs rarely heard music by Giulio Regondi and Hans Erich Apostel with a brand new work by Olli Mustonen.

Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden was handpicked by Julian Bream to give the Bream Trust concert at Wigmore Hall in 2015, including the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Catalan Peasant with Guitar. She was featured on the front cover of Classical Guitar Magazine Fall 2016 with an in-depth article describing her as “linking guitar’s past, present and future”. Laura was the first guitarist to graduate from the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by a donation from the Rolling Stones, and was invited by guitarist John Williams to perform at Shakepeare’s Globe with her folk ensemble Tir Eolas.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Cello Suite No.3 in C major BWV1009
Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart Op. 9
Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)
Introduzione e capriccio Op. 23
Olli Mustonen (b.1967)
Sonata No. 2 (world première) [1]
Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
Vals Op. 8 No. 3
Vals Op. 8 No. 4
Hans Erich Apostel (1901-1972)
Sechs Musiken Op. 25
Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999 )
En los trigales
Zarabanda Lejana
3 piezas españolas
Invocación y danza

Commissioned by The Julian Bream Trust

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Creative Composing Lab

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Sunday 12th November 2017, 10.00am to 6.00pm, CBSO Centre
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Creative Composing Lab is specially designed to allow young people the opportunity to compose music with and for professional musicians, guided by the expert knowledge of composer/workshop leader David Horne.

The Autumn workshop will focus on the nature and character of individual instruments. Focussing on a selection of instruments, we will explore how to compose idiomatically for the performers (i.e. in a way that works well for a particular instrument and exploits it’s unique character). As composers, we can chose whether or not to compose music that is easy or hard to play – but it is important that we know the difference, and we will discover this in the workshop!

If you love creating music or you need ideas for your GCSE, BTEC or A-level composition, Creative Composing Lab is for you.

Participants need some notation skills. Family and friends are welcome to the free performance of all music created at 5pm.

Places are free, but need to be booked in advance. A suggested donation of £12 per participant will ensure we can continue our workshop programme.

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Psappha and the BBC Philharmonic

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New Music Northwest Festival

Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm, The Studios MediaCityUK

New Music Northwest Festival

Programme

David Horne Resonating Instruments
Tom Coult Two Games and a Nocturne

Psappha Ensemble

Laura Bowler 3811 Nautical Miles
Larry Goves New Work (world première)
Mario Duarte Metztli
Grace-Evangeline Mason Kintsukouroi

BBC Philharmonic
Mark Heron conductor
Overview

Resonating Instruments is rhapsodic and volatile, entwining the ensemble around a solo cimbalom. “An absorbing work” – The Times.

Two Games and a Nocturne alternates skittish piano solos with bluesy jamboree in a work that, in Coult’s own words, “does what it says on the tin” with its two playful games followed by a gently swaying night-time reverie.

In this joint concert with the BBC Philharmonic we give well-deserved second performances of two of Psappha 25th anniversary commissions.

Psappha has now allocated all tickets for this event. If you would still like to come to the performance you can apply for tickets through BBC Audiences. Applications for tickets opens on 30 October and close on 5 November. For more information please click HERE.

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Psappha at St Michaels

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Friday 17th November 2017, at 7.30pm St Michaels, Manchester, UK
Psappha Ensemble

Wonderland

Music inspired by fantasy, surrealism and Led Zeppelin
 
 
 
 
Mark-Anthony Turnage Grazioso!
Richard Whalley Wonderland
Mark-Anthony Turnage Slide Stride
Brian Elias Geranos
Philip Cashian Leonora Pictures (world première)
Nicholas Kok Conductor
Psappha Ensemble

Leonora Pictures takes inspiration from the fantastical characters and landscapes of Lancashire-born surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. This piece was written to showcase Psappha’s virtuosic musicians. Geranos imagines Theseus’ dance after his escape from the Minotaur with music that mirrors the mazes of the Labyrinth while Wonderland celebrates the miracle of nature.The programme also features works by Mark-Anthony Turnage inspired by Led Zeppelin’s guitarist and the extrovert jazz of Fats Waller.

*Philip Cashian’s new work is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation Composers’ Fund

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European Contemporary Composers Orchestra

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12 October 2017 at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria
European Contemporary Chamber Orchestra
The European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO)

ECCO is a project of the ECF committee of ECSA. It aims to establish itself as a pan-European “body of sound” dedicated to the performance, circulation and promotion of contemporary art music. In practice, it is a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting creative dialogue among composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with ensembles experienced in contemporary performing practices on an international level. By its educational dimension, ECCO serves as a pro-active development and networking arena for professional composers and performers, especially young and emerging ones.

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The next ECCO concert will take place in Vienna on 12 October 2017 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The concert will be performed by Wiener Concert-Verein and feature the following string orchestra pieces:

Fenster – Gerald Resch (Austria)

Lacrimae – Krešimir Seletković (Croatia)

Respectus – Rene Eespere (Estonia)

Brittle Fluid – Tyler Futrell (Norway)

Sinfonietta- The Night of Fireworks – Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland)

Per Archi – Lojze Lebič (Slovenia)

Plainsongs for Strings – Jennifer Fowler (UK)

Previous editions of ECCO have featured the Chamber Orchestra of Soloists (KOS) of the Society of Slovene Composers (Vienna 2011), the Silesian Philharmony (Vienna 2013), the Sturm und Klang ensemble (Brussels 2015, 2016 and 2017), the BBC Singers (London 2015), the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra (Ljubljana 2016) and the Big Band of RTV Slovenia. Among the conductors who have contributed to the ECCO concerts are Thomas Van Haeperen, Jessica Cottis, Sigi Feigl, James Morgan, Jürgen Bruns and Chunghi Min.

Penelope by Psappha

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Thursday 26 October 2017, 19:30
Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats Manchester M4 6BF

Psappha Ensemble

Molly Joyce – Rave (UK première)

Anna Clyne – Steelworks

Sarah Kirkland Snider – Penelope*

Richard Balcombe – conductor*
Jessica Walker – vocalist*
Psappha Ensemble

Three striking works from brilliant US-based composers.

A woman’s husband appears at her door after an absence of twenty years. A veteran of an unnamed war, he doesn’t know who he is and she doesn’t know who he’s become. While they wait together for his return to himself, she reads him the Odyssey, and in the journey of that book she finds a way into his memory and the terror and trauma of war. Suspended somewhere between art song, indie rock, and chamber folk, the music of Penelope moves from moments of elegiac reflection to dusky post-rock textures in a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home.

Rave gives the impression of impossible virtuosity, transforming the piano into a multi-dimensional piano/organ hybrid. Giving a fascinating glimpse into a disappearing world, the music of Steelworks interacts with film and with recorded interviews of employees at the last steelworks factory in Brooklyn.

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Bang on a Can at Proms

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Thursday 17th August, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 10.15pm
Bang on a Can

Bang on a Can late night Prom

Bang on a Can represents all that is most gleefully non-conformist and boundary-breaking in new music. Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, this pioneering American artistic collective and its three composer-directors, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, bring their signature energy to this Late Night Prom, together with their six-piece amplified ensemble.

The All-Stars perform classic works by Wolfe, Lang and Louis Andriessen alongside an 80th-birthday tribute to Philip Glass and a world premiere by Michael Gordon, performed by the Proms Youth Ensemble. Expect propulsive rhythms and plenty of big grooves.

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