Monday 26 January 2015

Pied Piper of Hamelin

Pied Piper of Hamelin - Emma Chichester Clark
Pied Piper of Hamelin - Emma Chichester Clark
Composer Colin Matthews has joined forces with the author Michael Morpurgo for The Pied Piper of Hamelin a work for narrator  and orchestra which has been commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and will be premiered by the orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 February 2015 at 12pm. Morpurgo will narrate the story and there will be Emma Chichester Clark's illustrations from the book projected during the performance.

Colin Matthews (born 1946) studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Sussex, and subsequently worked with Britten in Aldeburgh, and with Imogen Holst. He collaborated with Deryck Cooke for many years on the performing version of Mahler's Tenth Symphony. From 1992-9 he was Associate Composer with the London Symphony Orchestra, writing amongst other works a Cello Concerto for Rostropovich. In 1997 his choral/orchestral Renewal, commissioned for the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 3, was given a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He is currently Composer-in-Association with the Hallé.

The work is suitable for children of 7 and upwards. Further information from the London Philharmonic Orchestra website.

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