Tuesday 27 June 2017, 7.30pm
Sirinu celebrates Howard Skempton’s 70th birthday year with a programme offering a quirky and unique melding of early and folk musical instruments with modern composition. Featuring a new arrangement of his Concerto for Hurdy-gurdy and Percussion, it will also include The man hurdy-gurdy and me, Feste’s Song, Pinter Poems, Random Girl, Lamentations, Beauty and the Morning, The Flight of Song, graphic scores and pieces by Cornelius Cardew, Michael Parsons, Chris Hobbs & Maya Verlaak … and a chance for the audience to join in.
Sirinu: Sara Stowe (voice & keyboards), Matthew Spring (hurdy-gurdy & lute), Chris Brannick (percussion), Christopher Redgate (oboe), Isabelle Carré (flutes & recorder)
Skempton’s Concerto for Hurdy-gurdy and Percussion;
An innovative concert for lovers of folk, early and modern instruments by the uniquely inventive composer Howard Skempton and other experimentalists.
Sirinu performs early, world and new music and has commissioned new music for early and unusual instruments. It has toured internationally for the British Council and recorded for Chandos and Hyperion. In November 2017 Sirinu will present Sounding Space, a promenade concert with projections in Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science, including a new music-theatre commission by Martyn Harry.