Hear and Now: Composer Focus: Richard Ayres
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 28 April 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
Richard Ayres No.9 MacGOWAN (1991) for Celtic Harp, Violin and Bagpipes (c.8') (Catriona McKay; Greg Lawson; Fraser Fifield - not with BBC SSO)*
Richard Ayres No.36 (2002) NONcerto for horn (c.25')**
Interval (please note that the interval will be longer than usual, at c.25 minutes)
Marko Nikodijevic GHB/tanzaggregat (c.6') (UK Premiere)
Laurence Crane West Sussex Folk Material (c.10') (UK Premiere)
Richard Ayres No.46 (2010/11) (c.20') (UK Premiere)
Greg Lawson violin*
Fraser Fifield pipes*
Catriona Mckay harp*
Saar Berger horn**
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Welcome to the world of Richard Ayres. Described as "zany and anarchic", his is an energetic, layered, and often wildly humorous musical universe. This concert features one of his infamous NONcertos where the soloist is an "outcast" often called upon to perform impossible musical feats. Saar Berger, horn player with the Ensemble Modern, should rise (or fall) to the challenge beautifully.
The other composers in the concert are no less interesting. Serbian-German composer Marko Nikodijevic draws upon on the diverse worlds of the drug-fuelled techno music scene and Serbian folk songs for GHB /tanzaggregat, while English minimalist Laurence Crane has been dubbed "irresistibly droll" by Gramophone magazine.
Presented on stage by BBC Radio 3 presenter Robert Worby, in conversation with Laurence Crane and Richard Ayres.
This concert is also the closing event of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's PLUG festival
Tickets: Free (unreserved seating) limited to 4 tickets per application (children under age of 12 not admitted) (booking fee may apply).
This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3's regular late-night Saturday programme Hear and Now
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.