The Wigmore Hall is having a Huw Watkins day on 9 Feburary with three concerts plus a conversation between the composer and Tom Service. All three concerts feature Huw Watkins himself on piano, with performers including the Elias Quartet, Carolyn Sampson, Guy Johnson and Mark Padmore
In the morning, there is Sad Steps, Four Spencer Pieces and Gig for flute, clarinet, string quartet and harp played by Emily Beynon (flute), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Lucy Wakeford (harp), Huw Watkins (piano) and the Aronowitz Ensemble. Then in the afternoon soprano Carolyn Sampson, violinists Alina Ibragimova and Magnus Johnson, Huw Watkins (piano) and Guy Johnson (cello) play Partita for solo violin, Five Larkin Songs and Piano Trio.
Early evening sees the conversation between the composer and Tom Service, followed by concert featuring Watkins music alongside that of Stravinsky and Faure. Watkins' In my craft or sullen art (Goodison Quartet No. 4) for tenor and string quartet (text by Dylan Thomas) and Trio for horn Violin and piano are performed with Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale Suite and Faure's Piano Quintet No. 2. The performers are Mark Padmore (tenor), Laura Samuel (violin), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Richard Watkins (horn), Huw Watkins (piano) and the Elias String Quartet. Watkins's In my craft or sullen art was premiered in 2007 by Mark Padmore (and the Petersen Quartet), it is one of a series of works for voice and string quartet for the Wigmore Hall by Nicholas and Judith Goodison.
Other contemporary chamber music coming up at Wigmore Hall includes music by Gyorgy Kurtag performed by Jorg Widdman (clarinet), Antoine Tamestit (viola) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano) on 14 Feburary; Schnittke's String Quartet No. 3 with the Pavel Haas Quartet (26 February), Thomas Demenga (cello) playing Lutowslawski and Berio (28 Feburary) and a new Osvaldo Golijov piece with the St Lawrence Quartet (17 March).
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