Classical music
Chamber & Recital

Colin Currie & Nicolas Hodges

Part of International Chamber Music Series

Colin Currie and Nicolas Hodges perform a Birtwistle premiere commissioned to mark the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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.


Colin Currie percussion
Nicolas Hodges piano


Stockhausen: Klavierstück V
Birtwistle: Variations from the Golden Mountain for piano
Feldman: King of Denmark
Birtwistle: New work for piano, vibraphone & xylophone(World premiere)
Stockhausen: Kontakte (Contacts) for piano, tape & percussion

Dates & times

19 Apr 2018
Approximate run time: 150 mins


Queen Elizabeth Hall


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