Thursday 31st October 2019
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tickets from £14.50, Under 30s and £5.50 student discount available (including booking fees)
Thursday 31 October 2019 - 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time = 9.30pm
Debussy (orch. Robin Holloway) - En blanc et noir
Mozart - Concerto for Two Pianos
Ryan Wigglesworth - Locke's Theatre
Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales
Ryan Wigglesworth, piano
Paul Lewis, piano
A programme of tributes, where the multi-talents of Ryan Wigglesworth are revealed; not only as a conductor but also through his latest composition, and as a performer when he joins his eminent colleague, Paul Lewis, in the concerto Mozart composed for himself and his sister to play. Locke’s Theatre was originally commissioned for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Aldeburgh Festival to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday. It was recorded with the Hallé on the NMC label to great critical acclaim. Aware of Britten’s own revival and adoption of English music, Ryans has drawn inspiration from Matthew Locke, the leading English stage composer in the period before Purcell. Wigglesworth presents arrangements of three of Locke’s movements interspersed with his own musical responses. Book-ending the concert are two quintessential French works, Debussy’s En blanc et noir, originally for piano duet, brought into orchestral garb by Robin Holloway in ‘homage and in the spirit of Debussy’ and Ravel’s suite of waltzes, inspired by his love of Schubert.
Pre-concert event, 6.30pm
Free to concert ticket holders
The Bridgewater Hall auditorium
Ryan Wigglesworth and Paul Lewis
Ahead of their double concerto performance, the multi-talented Ryan Wigglesworth and acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis take the stage to discuss the evening’s programme followed by a special performance by Paul Lewis of Brahms’s Three Intermezzi for Piano, Op. 117.
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