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
Barnsley bard Ian McMillan, Nigerian writer Vashti Suwa Gbolagun and much-loved Manchester poet Louise Wallwein join us for our first free livestreamed concert of the year – reading poetry that’s inspired five new pieces written just for us by five composers on both sides of the Atlantic.
The heart of Psappha’s ensemble tonight is the cimbalom, a hammered dulcimer with a singularly eerie sound that has influenced everyone from Franz Liszt to Elvis Costello. Three works by Hungarian composer György Kurtàg – 95 last month! – place the instrument within its eastern European heritage, before soprano Claire Wild joins us for the five premieres. BBC Radio 3’s Tom McKinney presents the concert on YouTube Live – and if you can’t make it on the night, catch up any time for seven days after broadcast.
Stephen Barlow conductor
Claire Wild soprano
Benedict Holland violin
Jennifer Langridge cello
Tim Williams cimbalom
Link to Livestream – https://youtu.be/oLrtUhWAXs8
The concert will last approximately 1 hour with no interval.