Friday 25 May 2018

W B Yeats-inspired Sally Beamish premiere from Mathilde Milwidsky at St John's Smith Square

Mathilde Milwidsky (Photo Donald van Hasselt)
Mathilde Milwidsky (Photo Donald van Hasselt)
On 31 May 2018, as part of her as part of her place on the St John’s Smith Square Young Artist Scheme, violinist Mathilde Milwidsky will be giving a recital with pianist Huw Watkins. The centrepiece of the programme is a new work written for Mathilde by composer Sally Beamish (herself a string player). Sally Beamish's new piece, rather intriguingly is based on W B Yeats poem The Wild Swans at Coole. Beamish started from a recording of actor/writer Peter Thomson reading the poem, and she then notated the speech patterns and from this developed the violin and piano piece, which she describes as ' in effect, a setting of the poem for violin and piano. The work explores themes of loss, in contrast to the constant renewal of nature.'

Also in the programme is work by another female composer, Clara Schumann, her Romances Op. 22, alongside music by Beethoven, Elgar and Sarasate.

Full details from the St John's Smith Square websiite.

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