Contemporary classical music concerts featuring music by local composers


The Late music the concert series continues this weekend – saturday 6e November – with a lunchtime piano recital by Duncan Honeybourne at 1:00 p.m. Duncan presents a selection of pieces from his collection Contemporary piano sound extracts: composers in confinement 2020.

During Lockdown 2020, Duncan commissioned over 30 piano miniatures from an eclectic mix of composers, ranging from prominent figures to younger and emerging composers.

Described by Tom Service on BBC Radio 3’s New Music Show as “a dazzling explosion of creativity”, a selection was released on Prima Facie Records in November 2020 and has been shown frequently on Radio 3 and in Belgium, Portugal and in the USA. Today’s selection includes pieces by John Casken, John McLeod, David Power, David Lancaster, Sadie Harrison and Adam Gorb.

The evening concert features the Elyos singers (Saturday 6e November, 7:30 p.m.). Director Sam Laughton has crafted a fascinating program of choral music where a contemporary work is paired with an earlier piece based on words from the same poet or source.

For example, the parameters of Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Rachmaninoff of Vigil all night, arrangements by James MacMillan and Granville Bantock by Burns, and word arrangements by Thea Musgrave and Benjamin Britten by Herrick.

There are three new works by David Power, David Lancaster and Tom Armstrong, as well as a motet by Ivor Gurney which was only released in 2017, 92 years after its composition. And Judith Weir offers a brief public participation opportunity!

More details can be found on the Late music site.


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