classical music

A Century of Chamber Music by Women

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

A feast of chamber music by exceptional women from the British Isles includes sidelined figures of the past and lauded composers of the here and now.

London Chamber Ensemble’s selection culminates in the work of Grace Williams.

Born in Barry in 1906, Williams’ talent brought her into contact with the leading composers of her day and she became good friends with Benjamin Britten.

But despite her powerful musical voice, she became convinced that her works were worthless and literally labeled dozens of them ‘not worth performing.’

The LCE’s violinist Madeleine Mitchell has made it her mission to override Williams’ unwarranted self-criticism, and prove that the composer’s works are as thrilling as they are accomplished.

Williams’ Sextet is a substantial and virtuosic work, bursting with exuberance and featuring a grand tarantella (a furious Spanish dance). Her broodingly effective Sarabande for piano, left hand, boldly explores the tension between just two notes.

Before these works, we hear Rebecca Clarke’s intense and passionate Piano Trio, poised between the sound worlds of Bartók and Vaughan Williams; Helen Grime’s spiky exploration of the full expressive potential of the oboe; Judith Weir’s short ‘instrumental opera’ on the life of the executed Jacobite bagpiper James Reid and Thea Musgrave’s vigorous and tender Colloquy.

Completing the programme is the world premiere of a brand new work from one of Britain’s most inventive composers, Errollyn Warren.

If Wallen was to become a household name, it would only be a good thing.
The Independent on Sunday

Performers

London Chamber Ensemble

Repertoire

Judith Weir: Bagpiper's Trio for string trio
Thea Musgrave: Colloquy for violin & piano
Helen Grime: 3 Miniatures for oboe & piano
R Clarke: Piano Trio
Interval
Errollyn Wallen: New work (World premiere)
G Williams: Sarabande for piano, left hand; Sextet for oboe, trumpet & piano quartet

Dates & times

8 Mar 2021
Approximate run time: 125 mins
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where

Purcell Room

Pricing

£12 - £20
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£12, £20

Multi-buy discount
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Chamber Music Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Chamber Music Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

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