Music and Words8:00pm International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. Psappha Ensembles's Music and Words series. Programme as follows:
David Fennessy Piano Trio (Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Mrton Feldman)
Halldór Smárason It means what you think it means....
György Kurtág Scenes from a Novel
John Wilson 75th birthday celebration concert7:30pm Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. John Wilson 75th birthday celebration concert. 8 pianos, featuring John Wilson, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe, John Gough, Nicholas Rimmer, Keith Swallow, Julian Evans and more.
Big Lung7:30pm Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester University. Psappha Ensemble, Big Lung. Programme as follows:
Piers Hellawell Sound Carvings from Rano Raraku
New works by composition students from Manchester University (Mark Dyer, Mario Duarte, Rosalía Soria and Lillian Lin)
David Fennessy Big Lung
RNCM Strings Weekend4:30pm Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. RNCM Strings Weekend concert. Programme as follows:
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata D.821 (Thomas Riebl and Benjamin Powell)
Brahms Violin Sonata in G major op. 78 (Sophia Jaffé and Elena Nemtsova)
RNCM Strings Weekend7:30pm Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. RNCM Strings Weekend concert. Programme as follows:
Brahms Viola Sonata in f minor op. 120 no. 1 (Lise Berthaud and Jeremy Young)
Brahms Cello Sonata in e minor op. 38 (Leonardd Elschenbroich and Qian Wu)
Brahms Violin Sonata in A major op. 100 (Danbi Um and Jeremy Young)
Brahms Viola Sonata in Eb major op. 120 no. 1 (Kimi Makino and Benjamin Powell)
Brahms Cello Sonata in F major op. 99 (Mikhail Nemtsova and Elena Nemtsova)
Brahms Violin Sonata in d minor op. 108 (Sophia Jaffé and Elena Nemtsova)
Introducing the Magnetic Resonator Piano1:00pm Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. A concert on the Magnetic Resonator Piano. Programme as follows:
Daniel Shapiro The Masons of Heidelberg (Benjamin Powell)
Tony Solitro Spectra of Morning (Leanne Cody)
Jeff Snyder Fantasy (Benjamin Powell)
Daniel Fox Intermezzo (Leanne Cody)
Sergio Cote New work (Leanne Cody
Ben Parker New work (Benjamin Powell)
Recital with Sophie Rosa8:00pm Chester Town Hall, Chester. Recital with Sophie Rosa for the MBNA Chester Music Festival. Programme as follows:
Schubert Sonata in A major D.574 ‘Grand Duo’
Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor opus 82
Brahms, Sonata no. 1 in G major opus 78
Chopin, Nocturne no.8 in D flat major, opus 27 no.2 arr. A Wilhelmj
Tchaikovsky, Valse Scherzo opus 34
Erin Royer for Sandbach Saxophone Weekend4:00pm Maxwell Davies Music Centre, Sandbach School. In conjunction with the release of Erin's debut album, 'After the Moment' which features myself and music by Graham Fitkin, Andy Scott, Matt Shervey and Lucy Armstrong among others.
Quartet for the End of Time12:00pm St. John's Church, Buxton. A performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with Hallé soloists (Lyn Fletcher, violin, Rosa Fernandez-Campo, clarinet and Simon Turner, cello) for the Buxton Festival.
Psappha: The Bremen Town Musicians6:00pm
Manchester Central Library, tickets from Eventbrite.Joe DuddellNightswimmingEnrica SciandroneThe Bremen Town Musicians (world premiere)*Halldór Smárasonit means what you think it means*Conducted by Enrica SciandroneBenedict Holland - violinJennifer Langridge - celloBenjamin Powell - pianoTim Williams - cimbalom
Curated Place and Moving Classics present the Premiere of “The Bremen Town Musicians” a new music and live animation work by Enrica Sciandrone for Psappha Ensemble as the launch concert of Enlighten Manchester Festival of Light and Sound Art.
Celebrated film composer Enrica Sciandrone has spent 2015 as Moving Classics composer in residence with the leading new music ensemble, Psappha. Inspired by author Philip Pullman’s new translation of the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales (with Pullman’s full support) she has created a new suite of works bringing "The Bremen Town Musicians" to life, drawing on her experience of storytelling through music for the moving image. Throughout the development of the piece Sciandrone has also worked with illustrator and animator Louise Wilde and a/v expert Nick Malbon to create a multi-projection visual performance around the musicians and audience.
A striking combination of new music and live illustration will see the ensemble progressively grow as the performance traces the journey of the irrepressible donkey, dog, cat and rooster seeking freedom making for a playful and fitting climax to an exciting experimental evening. Presented in Manchester Central Library as the launch concert of the new ENLIGHTEN Manchester Festival of Light and Sound Art Psappha will also perform works by Halldór Smárason, who was inspired by the archive of the Antony Burgess Foundation during his Moving Classics residency last year, and feature a performance of “Nightswimming” by Joe Duddell.