Music for People is a new and exciting collaboration between ‘the brilliant Endymion’ and EXAUDI, ‘the extraordinary ensemble of vocal virtuosi’. We’re joining forces for two evenings of ‘new simplicity’ at the Southbank Centre, with music by Arvo Pärt, Morton Feldman and four exciting new works especially commissioned for this project from four renegade young composers: Joanna Bailie, Andrew Hamilton, Philip Venables and James Weeks.
The first concert, on September 19th, includes two of Pärt’s best known instrumental compositions, ‘Fratres’ and ‘Summa’, as well as the beautiful ‘Stabat Mater’ and the rarely performed ‘Pilgrim’s Song’. Alongside these, the premieres of ‘Artificial Environment No. 6’ by Joanna Bailie, and ‘numbers 76-80 : tristan und isolde’ by Philip Venables, both for voices, string quartet and tape.
The second evening, on September 21st, features Morton Feldman’s iconic ‘Clarinet and String Quartet’ from 1983 and the earlier pieces ‘Only’, for solo voice on a text by Rilke, and ‘Voices & Cello’.
These are paired up with two new commissions by composers inspired by Feldman – ‘right and wrong’ by Andrew Hamilton and ‘Inscription’ by James Weeks.
The project is being generously supported by the Marina Kleinwort Charitable Trust, the Ernest Cook Trust, the PRS for Music Foundation, the Holst Foundation, the RVW Trust, the Leche Trust, the Golden Bottle Trust and the Golsoncott Foundation.
Check out the flyer here, and book your tickets now through the Southbank Centre website – details below. There are student tickets from £5 too.
Monday, September 19th, 7.45pm
Arvo Pärt – Summa
Joanna Bailie – Artificial Environment No.6 (world premiere)
Arvo Pärt – Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrim’s Song)*
Philip Venables – numbers 76-80 : tristan und isolde (world premiere)
Arvo Pärt – Fratres
Arvo Pärt – Stabat Mater
Wednesday, September 21st, 7.45pm
Morton Feldman – Only, for solo voice
James Weeks – Inscription (world premiere)
Morton Feldman – Voices & Cello
Andrew Hamilton – right and wrong (world premiere)
Morton Feldman – Clarinet and String Quartet**