Stapleford Granary

Event description

Sunday 27 January 2019 

Charles Draper & Paul Jackson

Sunday Coffee Concert

Coffee from 11:00  Concert 12:00     £12/£8 under 16

Charles Draper - Theramin and Ondes Martenot

Paul Jackson - Piano 

Join Charlie Draper and Paul Jackson for a programme of original and adapted works for theremin, ondes martenot and piano by Messiaen, Rózsa, Milhaud, Rachmaninov, Bach and others. 

Charlie Draper plays the theremin and ondes Martenot, two early electronic instruments distinguished by their haunting tones and unique modes of operation. He has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (playing the music of Danny Elfman), British Library (playing with Bruce Woolley's Radio Science Orchestra), WOMAD Festival, London ExCEL Centre, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pub, the Whipple Museum of Science, and his performances have featured on ITV, Channel 4, BBC 1, and BBC Radio 3.

Paul Jackson is director of Music and Performance at Anglia Ruskin. He is active as a conductor and pianist for the University, and directs the Anglia Symphony Orchestra, the contemporary music group Anglia Sinfonia and also Anglia Opera, which mounts bi-annual opera productions at the Mumford Theatre. His interests in early electronic and experimental music are reflected in pioneering performances of George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique and Percy Grainger's works for ensemble and Hammond Solovox.


The theremin is one of the most unusual instruments ever devised. Invented in 1920 by the Russian physicist and musician Leon Theremin (1896-1993), the instrument is distinguished both by its haunting tone resembling the human voice, and by its unique mode of operation, which involves no physical contact from the player. By moving his or her hands around two metal antennae, the player can - like the conductor of an orchestra - summon music from the air.

Ondes Martenot

The Ondes Martenot is among the earliest successful electronic musical instruments, patented in 1928 by French cellist, radio engineer and visionary Maurice Martenot (1898-1980). The most well-known iteration of the instrument is distinguished by three unique features: a laterally shifting keyboard (which permits vibrato), a ribbon control (which permits unlimited portamento), and special resonant speakers which imbue the sound with an otherworldly resonance. I play an Ondomo, a portable version of the Ondes instrument handmade by Japanese master craftsman Naoyuki Omo for his company, Asaden. The evocative tones of the instrument can be reminiscent of a violin, cello, flute, or even a human voice, and have attracted the attention of composers including Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel, Jacques Charpentier, and Jonny Greenwood.