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Premiere ‘Elternszenen’: Clare Hammond (Piano)
October 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Elternszenen is a work for solo piano composed of several movements, lasting around 15 minutes in total . It will resemble Schumann’s Kinderszenen both in its form, as a series of short character pieces, and its title, which suggests how the piece should be played rather than imposing a narrative. The new work will reflect on Hywel’s experience of parenthood, as Schumann reflected on his experience of childhood.
Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, op 67
Schumann: Humoreske, op 20
Hywel Davies: Elternszenen
Rachmaninov: Sonata in B flat minor, op 36 (1931 version)
Hywel Davies (Composer)
Hywel Davies is a UK-based composer, sound artist and installation artist. His wide-ranging output includes concert works, dance scores, electronic and electroacoustic works, ringtones, sound installations and installations that don’t involve any sound at all.
Hywel has recently completed a four-year composer residency with Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) who performed his work at the Festival of the Sea, Cheltenham International Festival and King’s Place (London). He has enduring collaborations with musicians in Trondheim – including the Alpaca Ensemble and the Trondheim Sinfonietta – and the Japanese percussionist Kuniko Kato, who has performed his work widely .
Future works include The Argo, a dramatic oratorio for 400 untrained voices, treble choir, symphony orchestra and soloists commissioned by Tonbridge School, and a new sound installation for Mottisfont Abbey (National) Trust to be shown from autumn 2019. He was awarded an Arts Council England International Fellowship in 2003, and a Muttart Foundation Scholarship in 2005.
Clare Hammond (Piano)
Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’ in recognition of outstanding achievement while in 2020 she gives her debut recital for the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre.
In recent seasons, Clare has performed Panufnik with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Jacek Kaspszyk), Roxburgh with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Michael Seal), and Chopin with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall (George Fenton). In 2019, she gave the premiere of Uncoiling The River by Kenneth Hesketh with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Martyn Brabbins) and will release the Complete Keyboard Works of Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan for BIS Records. Clare has forthcoming engagements with the Philharmonia (Jamie Phillips), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Christoph Altstaedt).
Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.