In this preview podcast for Vesalii Icones, we speak with the acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie and composer Peter Maxwell Davies about this unique production which combines elements of music and dance with eccentric and vibrant results.
As Hebrides Ensemble prepared to tour Schoenberg’s ground breaking work Pierrot Lunaire in 2010, this preview the concert included clips of the music that you would hear, alongside interviews with Hebrides Ensemble’s Will Conway and composers Sally Beamish and Helen Grime.
In this preview podcast, we speak to virtuoso circus juggler Chris Patfield about his role in Maxwell Davies’ Le Jongleur de Notre Dame and play you clips of the music. We also hear from Hebrides Ensemble’s artistic director, Will Conway.
Peter Maxwell Davies’s later music powerfully evokes the isolated majesty of his Orkney island home, yet it also bears witness to his talent for friendship – to his associations, both personal and musical, with friends and supporters in Scotland and further afield.
The first disc in a new recording partnership between Hebrides Ensemble and Delphian Records presents Sir James MacMillan’s extraordinary setting – by turns intimate and dramatic – of the Resurrection story as told in St John’s Gospel.
Songs of Courtship were set to music by Bevan Baker in 1992 for the Black Isle Singers. The poems, written by Mao Shih in the 7th century BC, were translated from the Ancient Chinese in 1946 by Arthur Waley. John loved them and maintained that they had ‘a simple directness which could have been written Yesterday'.