New Year, New Music

New Year, New Music

What better way to begin the New Year than with some of the leading figures in the contemporary music world. On 9th January the Park Lane Group will showcase three Faber composers – Thomas Adès, Francisco Coll and David Matthews – in an evening exploring composer connections and inspirations.  

MONDAY 9 JANUARY, Purcell Room, London
6.15 : Masterclass

Thomas Adès Traced Overhead (1990) 12’
Thomas Adès Three Mazurkas Op27 (2009) 7’

Thomas Adès with solo pianists James Sherlock and Alex Wilson

One of the most dynamic and compelling figures in the modern arts world takes two young pianists, and an audience, through examples of his earlier and more recent keyboard writing. We’re calling it a masterclass, but be prepared for more: a glimpse into the workings of a powerful creative mind that lies behind the programme coming next.

MONDAY 9 JANUARY, Purcell Room, London
7.45 : Concert

André Jolivet Chant de Linos (1944) 11’
Gerald Barry Piano Quartet No. 1 (1992) 12’
Francisco Coll Cuando el niño era niño (piano quartet) (2008) 10’
Edwin Roxburgh Flute Music With Accompaniment (1986) 9’
David Matthews Duet Variations (1982) c11’
Patrick Nunn Sprite for solo piccolo (1998) 3’
Thomas Adès Piano Quintet (2000) 21’ 

Muse Piano Quintet
Rosanna Ter-Berg flute / Leo Nicholson piano

Adès’s substantial Piano Quintet is the main work, played by an ensemble formed of RCM students who
first got under the skin of the piece by performing it in Russia. Gerald Barry, a longstanding friend and colleague about to celebrate his 60th birthday, is Adès’s choice as an older figure. For his younger choice he’s picked his own pupil, Francisco Coll.