The Hilliard Ensemble & Fretwork
Tue 12 Feb 2013 8pm
Butterworth Hall: £19 (£17), £17 (£15), Under 26s £12
Nico Muhly is one of today’s most interesting, eclectic & sought-after composers: a former boy chorister, he is as adept at writing for cathedral choirs as for Björk,and for symphony orchestras as for films such as The Reader and Joshua. It is a great coup for Fretwork and The Hilliard Ensemble to commission a new work from him, especially such a substantial one. He is taking the direction on Gibbons’s book of madrigals to heart: “Apt for viols & voyces.”
Gavin Bryars has been much in the news recently with the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, owing to his iconic piece based on that tragedy. His response to another tragedy is the subject of his Cadman Requiem, which mourns the passing of his friend Bill Cadman on flight Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988.
Orlando Gibbons’ First Book of Madrigals & Motets was published in 1612, and contains the most famous, perfect and one of the shortest madrigals: The Silver Swan. The collection as a whole is a masterpiece of concision and expression, marking Gibbons out as one of England’s greatest composers.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be a pre-concert talk in the Conference Room at 6.45pm – FREE to concert bookers
With a maximum capacity of 2000 standing or 1500 seated this concert hall has an outstanding natural acoustic and is the home of our International Concert Series, as well as the majority of our music gigs and big name comedians. Butterworth Hall has recently had a £6.9 million redevelopment and reopened in autumn 2009 .