Mark Bebbington piano
Ivor Gurney Sehnsucht, The Sea
John Ireland Sarnia – an Island Sequence
Robert Matthew-Walker A Bad Night in Los Angeles
Mark Bebbington continues the theme of the earlier RPO concert to bring us three solo works by British composers in our first After Hours event of the season.
Sarnia, the Roman name for Guernsey, contains three pieces written by Ireland on his visits to the Channel Islands. Le Catioroc and In a May Morning are atmospheric and tranquil, written in 1940, while the colourful and expressive Song of the Springtides was written earlier on Jersey. The troubled war composer and poet Ivor Gurney wrote the two mood-poems Sehnsucht and The Sea, in 1908-09 while a pupil at Gloucester Cathedral. Both contain echoes of his influences, Chopin, Schumann and Grieg.
Mark Bebbington asked the composer Robert Matthew-Walker to write him a short solo concert work last year and this is the result. With the idea of bringing present-day dance music into the concert hall, the title comes from a gig in LA, where the band began with a disco version of a Milhaud concerto. The piece was premiered in Bromsgrove in February this year.
Start time may vary depending on the finishing time of the earlier concert.
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Venue: Royal Concert Hall