Friday 12 April 2019 7:30PM

Nash Ensemble; Stefan Asbury conductor; Claire Booth soprano; Simone Leona Hueber reciter; Lawrence Power viola; Adrian Brendel cello; Ursula Leveaux bassoon; Lucy Wakeford harp

Focus on Sir Harrison Birtwistle


  • Nash Ensemble
  • Stefan Asbury conductor
  • Claire Booth soprano
  • Simone Leona Hueber reciter
  • Lawrence Power viola
  • Adrian Brendel cello
  • Ursula Leveaux bassoon
  • Lucy Wakeford harp

The Nash Ensemble’s annual contemporary music showcase features six works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, with whom the group has enjoyed a long and close association. In addition to two earlier Nash commissions, Fantasia upon all the notes and The Woman and the Hare, they include a new Duo specifically written for the Nash’s violist Lawrence Power and cellist Adrian Brendel. The programme also takes in Elliott Carter’s Mosaic, inspired by memories of the pioneering harpist Carlos Salzedo, and a newly revised piece for solo bassoon by the late Oliver Knussen, originally written as a study for a large-scale project based on the writings of Kafka. Stefan Asbury conducts the ensemble works and the solo soprano is the Nash’s frequent and welcome guest, Claire Booth.

This concert is dedicated to the eminent composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, who died in July 2018.

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934)
        • Fantasia upon all the notes [1]
  • Elliott Carter (1908-2012)
        • Mosaic [2]
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle
        • 3 songs from The Holy Forest
        • Songs by Myself
  • Interval
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle
        • Duet for 8 Strings for viola and cello (world première) [3]
  • Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)
        • Study for 'Metamorphosis' for solo bassoon (UK première)
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle
        • The Woman and the Hare [4]
  1. Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble
  2. Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble
  3. Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble
  4. Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble

Related Series