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Psappha – The Last Island

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Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Experimental, New Work
Tags: Maxwell Davies, psappha

Thursday 31 March 2022, 7:00pm at Hallé St Peter’s

Ben Gaunt All the Castles I Have Ever Loved World premiere, Psappha commission
Derri Joseph Lewis …BREATHE… World premiere
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Sola
Lisa Robertson New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Nina Danon New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Electra Perivolaris New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Athanasia Kontou New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Peter Maxwell Davies The Last Island

Mark Heron Conductor
Tom McKinney Guitar
With Psappha
Benedict Holland, Zoë Beyers, Alex Mitchell, Alistair Vennart, Jennifer Langridge and Petr Prause

Tim Williams’ final Manchester concert as Psappha’s Artistic Director pays emotional homage to the late Peter Maxwell Davies, the British composer whose music was the group’s original inspiration, and to the wild, untamed land that Max came to call his home.

The Last Island paints a haunting picture of Orkney in all its mysterious isolation. It’s performed tonight alongside four new works inspired by it, written especially for tonight’s concert by four brilliant young composers and accompanied by new films shot by Tim Williams across Orkney in summer 2021.

The concert begins with world premieres from Ben Gaunt, written for Psappha, and Derri Joseph Lewis, composed for guitarist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom McKinney – and continues with Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Sola, a mesmerising and atmospheric new concerto-of-sorts for viola and electronics.

Tonight’s concert will last around 75 minutes with no interval, ending around 8.15pm.

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