Wednesday 18 July 2018

Birthday celebrations for Michael Berkeley at the Wigmore Hall

Michael Berkeley (Photo BBC)
Michael Berkeley (Photo BBC)
The composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley is 70 this year, and there is a celebratory birthday concert at the Wigmore Hall on 20 July 2018, when members of the Britten Sinfonia will be joined by oboist Nicholas Daniel for a programme which combines Berkeley's own pieces with music that he has selected.

Nicholas Daniel will give the premiere of Michael Berkeley's Peleus and Thetis (which is inspired by Ted Hughes' version of one of Ovid's Metamorphoses), and Daniel will be joined by the composer himself on crotales. Daniel and members of the Britten Sinfonia will also be playing Berkeley's oboe quintet, Into the ravine, which was written in 2012 and inspired by 'the paintings of John Craxton and Mark Rothko, and the way in which paint can vibrate as colours collide'.

Other works in the programme include Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546 , Beethoven's Grosse Fuge in B flat major Op. 133 and Schubert's Quartettsatz in C minor D703 , and the evening ends with Richard Strauss's powerful Metamorphosen in the version for string septet.

This should be a lovely evening, celebrating a much loved figure.

Full details from the Wigmore Hall website.

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