The Red Brick Sessions: Psappha and Hebrides Ensemble Transfigured Night

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Peel Hall, Peel Building

University of Salford

The Crescent

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As part of the BBC's Red Brick Sessions Psappha and Hebrides Ensemble give a performance marking the 25th Anniversary of both groups.

Over the past quarter of a century, Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha have changed the landscape of contemporary music-making in the UK. From cutting edge digital programmes to classics of the modern repertoire, both groups have always championed the very best in chamber music and our 25th birthday events honour this extraordinary legacy.

Together, we mark the start of a new chapter with a glittering new co-commission from David Fennessy that sets string sextet against cimbalom in a stark and compelling modern soundworld. With its austere angles and percussive use of pulse, it forms a thrilling contrast to Transfigured Night, Schoenberg's beautiful masterpiece for string sextet, which follows two lovers as they share their secrets in the glow of the moonlight.

Just as we look ahead to the future, so we must pay tribute to the past, and in particular to the legacy of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, whose music has shaped both groups' programming over the years. Sitting alongside his best-loved work, Farewell to Stromness, performed here in David Horne's exquisite arrangement for string sextet and cimbalom, is one of his most exuberant masterpieces.

The kaleidoscopic colours and glittering textures of The Last Island evoke the ever-changing light of sea and sky off the Orcadian coast, close to Max's home - brought to life for the first time in the beautiful new film that accompanies the performance.


The Red Brick Sessions are brought to you in partnership between the BBC Philharmonic, the University of Salford, Salford City Council and BBC Research & Development.

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Peel Hall, Peel Building

University of Salford

The Crescent

Salford

M5 4WT

United Kingdom

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