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    Two Pianos, Eight Hands: Fitkin, Hammond, Stott, Wall

    Fri 23 Sep, 6pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £15 ⁠–⁠ £45
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    Graham Fitkin, pianist

    ‘A delight that defies all fashionable labels.’

    The Guardian on Graham Fitkin

    Graham Fitkin and friends are united for the composer’s landmark piano works, a Fitkin world premiere, and music by his influences and successors.

    Graham Fitkin has been ‘mucking about with the piano’ since childhood. The results are energetic, beguilingly and utterly distinctive.

    At the heart of this concert are works for multiple pianos that shot to fame when Fitkin’s album Flak was released on Factory Records in 1990.

    In the title track, the eight hands of four pianists caper around the white notes of two pianos with irresistible rhythmic verve and harmonic bonhomie.

    Sciosophy juxtaposes blocks of material with a combination of swagger and brutality. The composer’s tribute to Francesco Totti trades the composer’s usually dense sound for all the lightness, dexterity and lyricism of the Italian footballer.

    With the rhythmic drive of pop music, the cumulative power of rolling symphonies and the streetwise edge of urban genres, Fitkin’s music is as stimulating as it is timeless and cool.

    We hear it here alongside music that influenced Fitkin, and music that wouldn’t have been written without him.

    • Graham Fitkin piano
    • Clare Hammond piano
    • Kathryn Stott piano
    • Ruth Wall piano
    • Graham Fitkin: Sciosophy for 2 pianos (8 hands); Flak for 2 pianos (8 hands)
    • Steve Reich: Clapping Music for 2 musicians
    • Unsuk Chin: Study No.4 (Scalen); Study No.6 (Grains); Study No.5 (Toccata) for piano
    • John Adams: China Gates for piano
    • Anna Meredith: Camberwell Green for piano
    • Graham Fitkin: Totti for 2 pianos (8 hands) (World premiere of new arrangement); Bla Bla Bla for 2 pianos (8 hands), recordings & spoken voices (London premiere)

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 7+

    Dates & times

    Fri 23 Sep, 6pm
    Approximate run time: 75 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £45*
    • Concessions25%**

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