6.30pm - FREE pre-concert talk with composers John Woolrich and Tansy Davies.
All the composers in this programme have close personal links with BCMG. The character of their music ranges from the wild and folky (Tansy Davies’ Undertow) to the dark and mysterious (Morgan Hayes’ Snapshots). Oliver Knussen and Gerald Barry look back to Purcell (“I felt that Aeneas needed to be given his due”, Barry says). There are gentle, lyrical elegies by Colin Matthews and John Woolrich, and Philip Cashian explores the dark, nightmarish world of Goya. Tansy Davies’ Grind Show Unplugged and Thomas Ades’s Court Studies are both dance-like pieces: Grind Show Unplugged is a series of agitated dances, crashing into each other, out of which blossom melodies; and Court Studies is a suite from Ades’s highly-acclaimed opera, The Tempest.