East Meets West: an Extravaganza

Music, Classical and opera
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The Grainger Elastic Band (including members of the Royal Artillery Orchestra) under Roger Montgomery, The Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Trinity College Singers and Instrumental Ensemble, and pianists Penelope Thwaites, John Lavender, Sally Wigan, Jayson Gillham and Maria Marchant. Grainger's uninhibited approach to music-making is wonderfully reflected in this extraordinary programme. From early childhood he had been captivated by the music of non-western cultures: Indian, Indonesian and Mexican musicall have their part here. His exciting works for two pianos (and up to 11 hands) celebrate English, Irish and American folk music. His 'Thanksgiving Song' includes a haunting choral postlude and his six-hand arrangement of his major orchestral work 'The Warriors' (music to an imaginary ballet) comes to a terrific conclusion with an unexpected musical element. (In appreciation of the Royal Artillery Band's participation, this concert supports the charity Help for Heroes.)

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Event website: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk
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