Thursday, 25 August 2011
Afternoon Matinee at Cadogan Hall
The programme consisted of II rozzo martello - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Champ-Contrechamp - Georges Aperghis and Angel Fighter - Sir Harrison Birtwistle. The concert was introduced from the stage by BBC Radio 3 presenter Christopher Cook.
The BBC Singers beautifully sang II rozzo matello after which we were given the world premiere of Grorges Aperghis' new piano concerto Champ-Contrechamp with Nicholas Hodges. This was a very challenging piece that pushes the boundaries with the constant mix of music from pianist and ensemble.
The concert finished with the UK premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Angel Fighter. A work for ensemble and choir that is based on the Bibles story of Jacob who wrestles with an Angel. Wonderful performances from Andrew Watts and Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts who brought this dramatic story to life.