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Joseph Houston  

This rising star pianist is joined by Harpenden born guest flautist Katherine Birtles in a most unusual programme. The first half is devoted to the Préludes of Claude Debussy, including four new commissions inspired by such favourites as …La cathédrale engloutie and …La fille aux cheveux de lin. In the second half the players will be joined by much loved actress Patricia Hodge for 40 immersive minutes of nocturnal repertoire performed in near total darkness.

Claude Debussy –

…La cathédrale engloutie

…Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

…Les collines d'Anacapri


…La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

…Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest

…La fille aux cheveux de lin

World premières by:

Stef Conner, Paul Cott, Barnaby Martin & Neil Smith

Béla Bartók –The Night's Music

Claude Debussy – Syrinx

Olivier Messiaen – Le merle noir

Morton Feldman – Intermission 6

Edwin Roxburgh – Stardrift

Franz Liszt – Les cloches de Genève

Joseph Houston

Katherine Birtles

Patricia Hodge



Kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme.

In 2002, the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust secured the future of AYCA with the largest single donation Making Music has ever received.

Making Music is the UK’s leading organisation for voluntary music, with over 3,000 music groups in membership. Its Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists (AYCA) has helped to launch the careers of dozens of young musicians since its creation in 1961, including Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Watts and Ian Bostridge.