Tom Service presents highlights of a concert from Psappha, with music including the UK Premiere of Sally Beamish's The Sins and Anthony Payne's A Day in the Life of a Mayfly. And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, writer and critic Paul Driver nominates Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs For A Mad King, a piece that inspired him to compose as a schoolboy in Manchester; and composer/chansonnier HK Gruber describes the extreme experience of performing the part of the King.
Anthony Payne - A Day in the Life of a Mayfly
Sally Beamish - The Sins *
Peter Maxwell Davies - Eight Songs for a Mad King **
Jonathan Best, actor*
Kelvin Thomas, baritone**