Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Endymion at 30

The Endymion Ensemble are celebrating their 30th birthday. Not only do they have a celebratory concert at the Temple Church on 7th May, when Mendelssohn and Haydn are on offer, but they have an entire mini-festival at Kings Place from 3rd to 6th London.

At Kings Place they will be performing a huge range of works. Brahms Horn Trio, Poulenc's Sextet and Mendelssohn's String Quintet No. 1 are there. But more interestingly, Endymion are including large number of contemporary works, by composers including Simon Holt, Simon Bainbridge, Edward Cowie, Maxwell Davies, Bayan Northcott, Philip Cashian, Brian Elias and Anthony Payne. Some are commissions from Endymion and the concerts will also include new music by London teenagers. If you like late night concerts then you have the chance to hear Birtwistle's Orpheus Elegies, Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and Morton Feldman's Crippled Symmetry

The festival will be premiering some 20 new works! And they'll be recording things for a commemorative CD. A fine way to celebrate your birthday.

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