Tuesday 13 April 2021 1:00PM

Elaine Mitchener vocalist; Gordon Mackay violin; Mira Benjamin violin; Bridget Carey viola; Anton Lukoszevieze cello; Neil Charles double bass

Archie Shepp, Benjamin Patterson, Bourgeois and more


This concert was live-streamed as part of the Wigmore Hall Spring Series. The video is no longer online but other concerts are available to watch in full here: Wigmore Hall Concert Video Library


  • Elaine Mitchener vocalist
  • Gordon Mackay violin
  • Mira Benjamin violin
  • Bridget Carey viola
  • Anton Lukoszevieze cello
  • Neil Charles double bass

Elaine Mitchener is an experimental vocalist, movement artist and composer whose work encompasses improvisation, contemporary music theatre and performance art. Today’s eclectic programme includes Charles Mingus’ String Quartet No. 1, which was commissioned in 1972 by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Christan Wolff’s powerful setting of text by Susan Griffin about Harriet Tubman, a former slave in the USA who risked her life and freedom to bring others out of slavery via the ‘Underground Railway’.

  • Charles Mingus (1922-1979)
      • String Quartet No. 1 (with voice)
  • Benjamin Patterson (1934-2016)
      • Duet for voice and string instrument(s)
  • Jeanne Lee (1939-2000)
      • Mingus Meditations
  • Bourgeois (1911-2010)
      • Insomnia drawings
  • Archie Shepp (b.1937)
      • Blasé
  • Elaine Mitchener (b.1970)
      • Thought Word (words by NH Pritchard)
  • Katalin Ladik (b.1942)
      • Genesis - 04
  • Christian Wolff (b.1934)
      • I like to think of Harriet Tubman

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