Way Out East: Composer Portraits
We invite you to journey Eastward for three Composer Portraits exploring otherness and ritual from a unique perspective.
Each programme has been co-curated with the composer, who will give interviews on the night, to illuminate their choice of pieces.
Equally renowned as a concert pianist and a composer, Hind draws his inspiration from the Indian culture and language. Recent works include his 2017 HCMF commission On what weft are woven the waters and his mindfulness opera Lost in Thought (2015). Our portrait culminates in the first ever full performance of Way Out East - a set of three chamber pieces for the stage, featuring mezzo soprano Lore Lixenberg.
Listen to our playlist of Rolf's works here, or here to read the programme notes. You can listen to our composer interview podcasts here or watch our whimsical video of the text to 'This is the Cow' here.
Denyer’s ‘extensive study of non-Western music… shows in the semi-theatrical, almost ritualistic atmosphere his music creates’ (The Strad). Screens, featuring soprano Juliet Fraser, requires visually arresting dressing screens to conceal performers, while After the Rain, a work of unique beauty, was inspired by Denyer’s experience of the breathtaking regeneration of the Kenyan landscape after an extended drought.
‘LeFanu is renowned for works of imaginative beauty’ (BBC Music Magazine). The Same Day Dawns, featuring soprano Sarah Dacey, sets vivid fragments from Oriental poems, while Deva casts solo cello as goddess, charting a metaphorical journey through a landscape of sensuous instrumental music. The acclaimed Ligeti Quartet will also play Lefanu’s second string quartet, and music by her mother, Elizabeth Maconchy.