Lucy Armstrong The Executioner’s Pond (Psappha commission, world première)
Simon Holt …era madrugada
Philip Glass String Quartet No 3 (Mishima)
Sarah Kirkland Snider Thread and Fray
Julian Anderson Van Gogh Blue
Stephen Barlow conductor
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A man is discovered in the street – a knife through his chest. Who is he? Why is he there? Simon Holt’s enigmatic …era madrugada tells the story of a mysterious death described in a Lorca poem.
We continue our relationship with Sarah Kirkland Snider with a performance of her poignant Thread and Fray and we’re really excited to be working with Lucy Armstrong on a brand new work for the group, The Executioner’s Pond. This will be our first commission honouring Psappha’s former Patron Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Van Gogh’s exuberant letters are the inspiration for Julian Anderson’s Van Gogh Blue. Philip Glass’s stimulus was a film that tells the life story of the Japanese novelist Mishima, intercutting scenes of his childhood, his mature years and the last days of his life.
Psappha: Demystifying New Music Event
Pre-concert talk – 6.40pm – free to ticket holders
Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special talk that will introduce you to the composers and the inspiration behind the music we perform tonight.