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Psappha – Bosnian Voices

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

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.


Psappha perform Panopticon

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

David Fennessy – Panopticon

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

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.


New Music North West with Psappha

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

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


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

Tickets cost £5 BUY HERE

Psappha – Songs of the World

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


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


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.


Psappha! – First and Final Frontiers

Categories: British Composers, Concerts, New Work
Tags: adam gorb, jamie phillips, psappha ensemble

Friday October 8th 2021, 7:00pm at Hallé St Peter’s

Thrilling new works by young British composers introduce Psappha’s 30th-birthday season – Tim Williams’ last as Artistic Director. Psappha launches its 30th-anniversary season with a typically adventurous programme celebrating the possibilities of new music – and the fearless brilliance of young British composers.


Adam Gorb Kol Simcha Suite
Philip Rousiamanis The Sun, the Moon and their lobster children World premiere
Nina Whiteman The Galaxy Rotation Problem
Bofan Ma vibrato/scratch lottery/vegetable soup World premiere
Tom Coult Two Games and a Nocturne
Michael Betteridge Grind World premiere
Tom Harrold Dark Dance

Jamie Phillips Conductor
With Psappha Conrad Marshall, Dov Goldberg, Benjamin Powell, Tim Williams, Michael Harper, Delia Stephens, Benedict Holland, Heather Wallington and Jennifer Langridge


Psappha – Composing for Cello and Percussion

Categories: British Composers, Experimental, Free, Live stream, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: psappha ensemble

Tuesday 12 July, 8.30pm – YouTube premiere.

Stephen Balfour My Head is Spinning
Xia-Leon Sloane carved by birds and blizzards…
Litha Efthymiou Synchrony
Niahm O’Donnell Hear Me, See Me

Six brand new works for cello and percussion performed by Jennifer Langridge and Tim Williams and created through Psappha’s 2021-22 Composing for Cello and Percussion scheme.


Psappha – Look Both Ways

Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Experimental, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: cheltenham festival, psappha ensemble

Saturday 16 July, 5.00pm at Pitville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE.

Jeffrey Mumford undiluted days UK Premiere
Claire Victoria Roberts Like ships adrift World Premiere
Conor Mitchell Look Both Ways World Premiere
Odetta arr. by Bobbie-Jane Gardner Hit or Miss World Premiere

Tenor Ed Lyon
Baritone Richard Burkhard
With Psappha Benedict Holland, Jennifer Langridge, and Benjamin Powell

Four genre-defying composers dive into the intricacies of love and identity. Characterising a life resonant with wonderful possibilities, Jeffrey Mumford’s piano trio receives its UK premiere. Belfast’s busiest composer Conor Mitchell has turned Britten and Pears’s love letters into astonishing songs that swing from tender to silly, in which high art collides with the pizazz of Broadway. Composer-performer Claire Victoria Roberts’s miniatures are inspired by the intimate letters between Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya; and “one of the most exciting figures on the dynamic Birmingham new music scene,” Bobbie-Jane Gardner delivers a stomping arrangement of Odetta’s iconic 1970s song: Hit or Miss.


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