György Kurtàg Splinters; Jatekok, Book 7: Un brin de bruyère à Witold, Hommage à Ferenc Berényi 70
Nina Danon (text: Louise Wallwein) The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee World premiere
Jay Capperauld (text: Vashti Suwa Gbolagun) Glitz and Glamour World premiere
Alan Williams (text: Ian McMillan) Songs Translated from a Forgotten Language World premiere
Shruthi Rajasekar (text: Vashti Suwa Gbolagun) As Oyinbo Come World premiere
David Nunn (text: Louise Wallwein) Volunteer World premiere
A hammered dulcimer with 133 strings and a singularly eerie sound, the cimbalom has inspired everyone from Franz Liszt to Elvis Costello – and for tonight’s concert, we’ll be exploring the full range of this extraordinary instrument with a richly mixed programme.
There’ll be three works by Hungary’s leading composer – György Kurtàg – that place the instrument within its eastern European heritage. And they’ll be interlaced with five world-premiere works for cimbalom, ensemble and soprano Claire Wild – setting poetry by Barnsley bard Ian McMillan, Nigerian writer Vashti Suwa Gbolagun and Manchester’s very own Louise Wallwein, written in a range of regional accents and voices, to brand new music from five composers living on both sides of the Atlantic.
Stephen Barlow conductor
Claire Wild soprano
Benedict Holland violin
Jennifer Langridge cello
Tim Williams cimbalom