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ELGAR Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor Op.84
THOMAS ADÈS Catch Op.4 - for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
ARNE Trio Sonata No.2 in G - for violin, viola and cello
BEETHOVEN Five Variations on ‘Rule Britannia’ in D – for piano
PARRY Two Intermezzi - for violin, viola and cello
ARNOLD Three Shanties Op.4 - for wind quintet
CHARLIE PIPER New Work - for string quintet, wind quintet and piano - WORLD PREMIERE
Ensemble 360 concludes the Festival with a celebration of that well-loved British music-making tradition: The Last Night of the Proms … with a twist.
Some of Elgar, Arne and Parry’s most famous songs are played at every Last Night of the Proms, but tonight we hear a different side to these composers. Also traditionally heard is a contemporary piece, so Ensemble 360 performs Thomas Adès’s theatrical and atmospheric Catch, featuring some surprising performance elements from clarinetist Matthew Hunt.
‘Rule Britannia’ is a well-loved part of the evening, and tonight we hear Beethoven’s variations on the theme. Arnold’s witty Shanties are performed as a playful alternative to Henry Wood’s Sea Songs.
Our Associate Composer Charlie Piper finishes the evening with a concoction of traditional Proms pieces to end the Festival with a bang!
This concert is generously suppored by Kate Dugdale.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the May Festival that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
“Charlie Piper's first piece for Ensemble 360, Jacaranda, was glorious, so I can't wait to hear this piece of his for the full Ensemble.”
“If Charlie Piper's new work is half as fun as his first for us, we'll have a lively engaging time.”
“Tom Ades is sensitive, engaging and touching.”
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