Friday 14 January 2022

23 Strings

The composer Paul Reade (1943-1997) wrote music for film, television, the theatre and the concert hall. Whilst many will be familiar with his music for popular TV shows, his ballets including Hobson's Choice for choreographer David Bintley remain highly popular. He wrote a number of pieces for the Manchester Camerata including a flute concerto which was premiered in 1985. A 1988 performance of with flautist Philippa Davies led to composer and soloist marrying.

There is a chance to hear Philippa Davies in Paul Reade's Flute Concerto on 20 January 2021 when the ensemble 23 Strings, conductor David Cutts, performs the work at Cadogan Hall in a programme that includes Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen and music by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

David Cutts formed 23 Strings (the name comes from the forces required for Strauss' Metamorphosen) in 2019 to draw on the pool of extremely fine string players in the UK.

Full details from the 23 Strings website.

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