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Hay Music: Sirinu Ensemble
Friday 23rd March 2018, 7pm
Hay Music: Sirinu Ensemble
In 2017 Sara Stowe and Chris Brannick performed for a delighted Hay Music audience an exciting programme for Soprano and Percussion. They return with Friends who make up the SIRINU ENSEMBLE in “The Man Hurdy-gurdy and Me”; early instruments with an eclectic mix of late music with special guest Howard Skempton.

Sara Stowe (soprano and keyboard), Matthew Spring (hurdy-gurdy and lute), Chris Brannick (percussion), Jon Banks (accordion and medieval harp), Christopher Redgate (oboe), Isabelle Carré (flutes and recorders)

Howard Skempton: Accordion and oboe concerto
Giacinto Scels: CKCKC
Astor Piazzola: Tango
Howard Skempton: Feste’s Song
Howard Skempton: The Beauty of the Morning
Erik Satie: Gnossiennes Nos 3 and 1
Howard Skempton: The Flight of Song
Howard Skempton: Hurdy-gurdy and percussion concerto
Erik Satie: Menus Propos Enfantins – Lui manger sa tartine
Igor Stravinsky: Valse pour les enfants – Polka
Howard Skempton: Random Girl
Howard Skempton: The Man Hurdy-gurdy and Me
Chris Hobbs: Bring us in Good Ale

“The Man Hurdy-Gurdy and Me” is an innovative concert for lovers of early, modern and folk music by the uniquely inventive composer Howard Skempton and other experimentalists. Concertos for hurdy-gurdy have not been many, since Haydn wrote his double hurdy-gurdy concertos for the King of Naples in the 18th century. Sirinu revisits the form with an Indian tinge in Howard Skempton's concerto for hurdy-gurdy and percussion, along with his dance-like concerto for accordion and oboe. Along with these concertos they perform a setting of Shakespeare for voice, recorder and guitar, pieces for gamelan and the programme title 'The Man Hurdy-gurdy and Me'. They intersperse these Skempton works with complementary pieces for early and folk ensemble. Much of this programme has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and is shortly to be released by Métier Records.

Howard Skempton (born 1947) is an English composer, pianist, and accordionist who has been associated with the English school of experimental music. His work is characterised by stripped-down, essentials-only choice of materials, absence of formal development and a strong emphasis on melody. He teaches composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Skempton was the winner in the Chamber-Scale Composition category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in 2005 for his string quartet 'Tendrils' which also won the Chamber Music category in the BBC Radio 3's British Composer Awards. His best known work is 'Lento' (1990), commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and performed at the 2010 BBC Proms. He also composes choral music, including an Advent antiphon for Merton College Oxford and anthems for Chester and Wells Cathedrals.

Skempton’s works have been published by Oxford University Press since 1994.

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Please note: this concert takes place at St. Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye.