A Celebration Of Howard Skempton at Kings Place

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Selected works for solo piano (including birthday tributes written especially for the occasion by Laurence Crane, Morgan Hayes, Gabriel Jackson and Andrew Toovey)

Clarinet Quintet (1997)

Lullaby for clarinet and cello (1983)

He wishes for the cloths of Heaven for choir (1999)

Skipper for solo clarinet

Catch for string quartet (2001)

Expectancy for choir and string quartet (2008; London premiere)

Esther Cavett, Morgan Hayes, Matthew Hough, Thalia Myers and John Tilbury piano

Jack McNeill clarinet

Gildas Quartet

The Addison Chamber Choir

David Wordsworth conductor

Howard Skempton celebrates his 70th birthday at the end of October - composer, teacher, pianist, accordionist and music publisher, Skempton's quiet influence has spread far and near. Tonight's concert fittingly begins with a selection of the short piano miniatures that Skempton calls 'the central nervous system of his work'- played by a group of pianists that have been closely connected with the music for many years.

The Gildas Quartet, Jack McNeill and the Addison Singers all have a long association with Howard Skempton and tonight perform music ranging from his characteristically quirky Clarinet Quintet to the luminous Yeats setting He wishes for the cloths of Heaven.

Howard Skempton talks to conductor David Wordsworth in a Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.

Then stay for a late-night adventure as Club Inegales comes to Kings Place, 10pm.

Howard Skempton and David Wordsworth joined Helen Wallace at Kings Place to discuss the celebrations...

Venue Details & Map

Kings Place

90 York Way
King's Cross
N1 9AG
+44 (0)20 7520 1460
Public transport:
Kings Cross St Pancras International Euston

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