Harrison Birtwistle’s music has been associated with the hall since it first opened in 1967, with a number of world and UK premieres programmed over five decades.
He has set out to write a work for many different keyboards, including prepared piano, marimba and vibes, which is performed by two musicians who are his close collaborators.
Music by the avant-garde masters Stockhausen and Feldman have also played an important part in the Queen Elizabeth Hall's history.
Feldman’s short, quiet work King of Denmark is played entirely with the performer’s hands, fingers and arms. Like the mysterious, atmospheric artworks of the composer’s friend Mark Rothko, with whom he felt a strong affinity, it evokes a suspension of space and time.
The programme concludes with Stockhausen's electronic masterwork Kontakte. The piece plays with the spacial element of the concert hall as sounds produced by the percussionist and pianist are picked up by rotating microphones and distributed sonically around the four corners of the hall.
PerformersColin Currie percussion
RepertoireHarrison Birtwistle: Intrada for piano and percussion (UK premiere)
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Free pre-show event
6.15pm – 6.45pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Join Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Currie in conversation with Gillian Moore, Director of Music at Southbank Centre for an insight into Birtwistle's approach to composition and creative collaboration with artists.