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New Adventures with Psappha

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Thursday September 27th 2018, 7:30pm, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

Psappha

Witold Lutosławski Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Béla Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
György Kurtág Scenes from a Novel*
György Ligeti Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures

Nicholas Kok conductor
Gillian Keith soprano
Jessica Gillingwater mezzo soprano
Alexander Robin Baker baritone

*Elaine Tyler-Hall director

Ligeti’s astonishing Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures is both touching and comic. Three singers – alone in their little universe – tell each other stories, exchange confidences and play games through an invented language of the emotions. Meanwhile, the instrumentalists punctuate the drama with some extreme musical interjections involving a giant hammer, a tray of crockery, and a large rug!

Voice, film and dance combine in Psappha’s atmospheric production of Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel, which explores the contradictions between fleeting experience and the persistence of memory.

Also featuring Bartók’s exhilarating Sonata for Pianos and Percussion and Lutosławski’s witty, two-piano arrangement of Variations on a Theme of Paganini, the concert launches Psappha’s new season in terrific style.

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August Premieres – Emma-Ruth Richards

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Monday 20th August 2018 at 10.00pm, Stoller Hall, Manchester
Emma-Ruth Richards

Zelkova Quartet: Caroline Pether, Alex Mitchell, Ed Pether, Jonathan Pether
Dominic Degavino – piano
Alex Roberts – clarinet
Stella Tahtinen – soprano
Dominic Ciccotti – piano
Meera Maharaj – flute
Lucy Nolan – harp

 
 
Emma-Ruth RICHARDS
Ikon for solo clarinet (2013)
Piranesi’s Fantasies for solo piano (2010)
Perpetual Becomings, After Gormley for solo flute and ensemble (2016, world première)
In Aer, 6 Little Songs for soprano and piano (2010)

This is the second recital of music by composer in residence Emma-Ruth Richards. The performance includes a world première of Perpetual Becomings, After Gormley for solo flute and ensemble.

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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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