MEET THE COMPOSER - Join Radio 3’s Donald Macleod for an evening of music and conversation with four of today’s leading composers: Helen Grime, Richard Causton, Huw Watkins and John Woolrich.
Helen Grime is ‘one of the most striking compositional voices to emerge in British classical music in the 21st century’. The very first music that Sir Simon Rattle conducted as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra was written by Helen.
Huw Watkins has also had a close relationship with the LSO: he was commissioned to compose a work to celebrate the orchestra’s centenary. Huw is also a fine pianist: ‘What an amazing musician Watkins is, this unfailingly dependable and musical pianist who seems to be everywhere. If he caught a cold most of Britain’s summer festival season would collapse.’ (Daily Telegraph)
One of the UK's leading composers, John Woolrich has long been a major force in British musical life, not just through his distinctive and versatile compositional voice but as a distinguished programmer, festival director and teacher.
Richard Causton, who is a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge, has been described as 'one of the most courageous and uncompromising artists working today'.
Their music will be played by the Composers Ensemble, ’Europe’s most innovative new music group’. It has given over two hundred first performances of music by the widest range of composers, from Elvis Costello to Sir Harrison Birtwistle. It has performed at most major British music festivals, including Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and the Proms, and appeared at European concert halls from Paris to Albania.
Rakhvinder Singh - violin
tbc - viola
Adrian Bradbury - cello
Huw Watkins - piano
Huw Watkins String Trio
Helen Grime Three Whistler Miniatures
John Woolrich Adagissimo and Sestina
Richard Causton Seven States of Rain
Richard Causton Night Piece (after Mozart)
Richard Causton De Profundis, for cello