Two new pieces in the last weekend of the Tatton Park biennial

This Saturday I have two new piece being premiered. This is part of the culmination of the Tatton Park biennial which is a summer long art show. You can see previous posts for information on Aura Satz’s new piece which I made a new sound track for.

The two pieces this Saturday are both premieres but on is old and one is new. The old piece is a kind of satellite from mine and Matthew Welton’s opera. The piece is for solo guitar and uses material from a significant scene towards the end of the opera. It takes its name from a line that Frank O’Hara sings while A Fire-Island sky. I wrote this piece for Tom McKinney to play in a concert we did together at the Spitalfields Festival last year but, partly because we were very late setting up because as there was no electricity were we were playing (and partly because my bag was stolen the night before with a load of my gear) we savagely cut the programme including this short piece. Actually this piece will suit the reverberation of the Tatton state rooms better and Tom is playing this alongside Elliott Carter’s Shard, Laurence Crane’s Three pieces for guitar and some music from the Tatton Library collection.

I feel very lucky that my other new piece other piece is being played by harpsichord legend Jane Chapman. This is a new set of pieces called Uninhabited islands which includes the harpsichord material from the installation film. This has been elaborated on so it now forms a set of eight miniatures (the set is no more than 7 minutes long). I enjoyed finding the movement titles which are all very remote islands around the world. I chose them because I imagine them as fantastical places and because the names seemed so delicious (the miniatures are called Erwing, Disappointment, Comprida, Pouncet, Rose, Schmidt, Zhokhov and Langenwerder). It’s great that Jane is premiering them here as it will be on the Tatton instrument that I was thinking about when I wrote the set and the installation will also be running for part of the evening so hopefully these two pieces will provide some context for each other. Jane is also playing music from the Tatton archive but, most excitingly, she has made a new piece with Aura. I cant wait to see and hear what they’ve come up with.

The other highlight for me will be Leo Grant’s new piece played by the Pleyel ensemble. We were contemporaries at Southampton University and I’ve not heard his music for too long. I can’t wait to hear this new piece and see how much his music has changed over the last few years.

With contemporary music alongside music from the Tatton collection and in the splender of this stately home I think this will be a surprising and memorable concert.

If you want some more information you will find it here.

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