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Psappha – Bosnian Voices

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Categories: Concerts, New Work, Song
Tags: bosnian voices, psappha ensemble, st michaels manchester

Thursday 2 May, 7.30pm at St Michael’s Manchester

Psappha Ensemble
Programme

Anthony Burgess Cello Sonata ‘for the dead 1939-45’
Arnold Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte
David T Little and the sky was still there
Tim Wright The Bridge
Nigel Osborne Bosnian Voices

Mark Heron conductor
Jessica Gillingwater mezzo soprano
Richard Suart speaker

“And I heard a voice that said to me: If you care about the state of your soul, if you care about anything at all, if you want to continue to be a good person: Get out.” David T Little’s and the sky was still there with a film by R. Luke DuBois challenges the US army’s controversial ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy towards gay and lesbian soldiers.

The war in Bosnia ended nearly a quarter of a century ago, with the tragedy of Srebrenica. Influenced by the chiming of church bells and the Muslim call to prayer, Nigel Osborne’s Bosnian Voices is a set of songs written by ordinary Bosnians – children and adults – about their lives then and now.

Tim Wright’s sparse and tense music for a 1929 silent film by Charles Vidor tells the dramatic story of a spy sentenced to be hanged from a bridge.

Two giants of the twentieth century react to the atrocities of the second world war. Schoenberg takes his inspiration from the poetry of Byron, and writer Anthony Burgess turns to music in his heart-felt for the dead 1939-45.

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Psappha perform Panopticon

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work
Tags: david fennessy, Hull City Hall, psappha ensemble

Sunday July 14th 2019, 4:00pm, Mortimer Suite, Hull City Hall
psappha panopticon
Programme

David Fennessy – Panopticon

Event information
The 17-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

Overview
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha. Every attack on the string of the instrument has a consequence on the rest of the players. Each beat triggers a ripple, much like a stone dropped into a still lake, which eventually reaches the strings: they reflect and magnify its effects. The cimbalom also governs pulse and dynamic and, through its careful exploration of the natural harmonics available on its lowest string, plots the entire course of the piece. The word ‘panopticon’ is usually associated with an 18th-century design concept for a circular prison. Cells were arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could be observed at all times.

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New Music North West with Psappha

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: psappha ensemble

Friday 1st November, 7.00pm at Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD
Psappha New Music North West
Programme

Nate Chivers New work world premiere
Athanasia Kontou New work world premiere
Zakiya Leeming New work world premiere
Tywi Roberts New work world premiere

 
 
 

Overview
 
Psappha are delighted to be back at New Music North West, the region’s leading contemporary music festival, to perform the world premieres of four new pieces written especially for them by four postgraduate composition students at the RNCM – each one inspired by a winning poem in MMU’s Mother Tongue Other Tongue poetry competition. They’ll be working closely with the composers as they create, refine and complete their pieces, which will be introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Elizabeth Alker and the composers at a concert that will also feature performances by the four winning poets.

Elizabeth Alker Presenter

Laurent Zufferey, CJ Wu, Riley Court-Wood, Omer Shteinhart conductors
Laiba Ansari, Tobias Jaimon, Marc Jardin, Jessica Nwgiwe poets

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Psappha – Songs of the World

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Pre-concert event, Song, Women musicians
Tags: firsova, lutyens, psappha ensemble, songs of the world, webern, women conmposers

Thursday 28 November, 7.30pm at Halle St Peter’s, Manchester
Songs of the World - Psappha

Programme

Webern String Quartet, Op.28
Cheryl Frances-Hoad The Whole Earth Dances
Athanasia Kontou After Psappha
Alissa Firsova Songs of the World world premiere
Lutyens The Valley of Hatsu-Se
Schoenberg, arr. Webern Chamber Symphony No.1

Overview

The first concert at the newly renovated Hallé St Peter’s features a Psappha commission inspired by the Vienna of a century ago. Alissa Firsova’s Songs of the World sets three poems by Hugo van Hofmannsthal – a contemporary of Anton Webern, whose abstract but gripping String Quartet and masterful arrangement of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony both feature tonight. Poetry also provides the inspiration for Elizabeth Lutyens’ rarely-heard The Valley of Hatsu-Se, which draws on Japanese texts, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s more recent The Whole Earth Dances, inspired in part by Ted Hughes.

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Daisy Brown Soprano

Into the Music at 6.40pm (Free to ticket-holders)
Alissa Firsova and Athanasia Kontou join Tim Williams and the RNCM’s Douglas Jarman to introduce tonight’s concert.

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