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Late Music: The New Matrix: A Tribute to Sir Harrison Birtwistle

6 May @ 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm

£10 – £12

Concert: 7:30 pm – 6:45 preconcert talk with complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice

A concert devoted to the work of Sir Harrison Birtwistle, who died in 2022, alongside pieces by composers that influenced him and a series of musical tributes.

Soprano: Anna Snow
Clarinet: Jonathan Sage
Piano: Tim Brooks
Director David Lancaster

Harrison Birtwistle: La Plage
Birtwistle: Verses
Birtwistle: Ostinato with Melody
Morton Feldman: Three Clarinets
Olivier Messiaen: Abime des Oiseaux
Peter Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness
Plus short pieces composed as tributes to Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Clarinettist Alan Hacker was a long-term collaborator with Harrison Birtwistle, notably in the Pierrot Players in the 1960s (with Peter Maxwell Davies), and subsequently with Hacker’s Matrix Ensemble. Formerly a clarinettist himself, Birtwistle enjoyed writing for the homogeneous group. Birtwistle counted Messaien and Feldman amongst his strongest musical influences so they are included here, along with a series of short musical tributes to Birtwistle, composed following his death in 2022.


6 May
6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
£10 – £12
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Unitarian Chapel
31 St Saviourgate
York, YO1 8NQ York
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