Hebrides Ensemble is delighted to make its first appearance at Hidden Door in a programme of huge contrast. We move from the evocative sound world of Scottish-based composer David Fennessy, to a tribute to the musicians of Ukraine with a moving solo work by Viktor Sylvestrov, and conclude with the pulsating rhythms of Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint. The programme opens with the world premiere of Ștefan Niculescu’s Echos II, arranged for violin and Brainfingers, an adaptive instrument that enables special guest artist Chris Jacquin from Drake Music Scotland to join Hebrides Ensemble players in an exciting and collaborative way.
Ștefan Niculescu – Echos II [12’] Gordon Bragg and Chris Jacquin
David Fennessy – Changeless and the changed [7’] Gordon Bragg and William Conway
Viktor Sylvestrov – 28.Juli 1750…..in memoriam J.S.B. [4’] William Conway
Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint [12’] Yann Ghiro
Hebrides Ensemble is one of the foremost chamber music collectives in the UK. Co-founded and led by Artistic Director William Conway, it is renowned for its fresh approach to programming with a focus on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including almost 100 world premieres. This is an international ensemble with its roots in Scottish culture which performs regularly at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, including the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Kings Place and Wigmore Hall in London, Aldeburgh Festival, BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival.
Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Our expertise in inclusive music technology and specialist teaching methods support people of all ages and a wide range of disabilities to play, learn and compose music independently.
Developing out of the Drake Research Project founded in England by Adele Drake in 1988, Drake Music Scotland became a separate charitable organisation in 1997 and since then has worked with over 13,000 children and adults across Scotland.