Sign Up To Our Newsletter By simply choosing your preferences below you can now manage your own e-mail account. Tick the boxes indicating your interests, and we will do the rest. It’s quick and easy to join, and if at any time if you wish to unsubscribe, or alter the choices you made, click the 'update preferences' option in the footer on any e-mails you receive.

This is a past event and is currently no longer running.

After Hours: Mark Bebbington

This event has passed.

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.

FREE for RPO concert ticket holders.


Fees £2 for online bookings or £3 for phone & counter sales applies per transaction.

Share This Event