Organ Reframed: Six New Works

Event Date: Friday 13 October 2017 - 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Address: Union Chapel, London

The Union Chapel celebrated its famous "Father Willis' Organ in October 2016 with the Organ Reframed Festival, which was created and curated by its festival director Claire Singer. The organ was build by Henry Willis and finished the same year that the new Union Chapel was opened whose architect was James Cubitt. Nosferatu was screened with a live score; played by Organ: James McVinnie Electronics: Irene Buckley Viola: Robert Ames Cello: Laura Moody Spire was the Motto of the second night featuring Performers: Charles Matthews, Fennesz, Philip Jeck,Simon Scott, Claire M Singer, John Beaumont and The Eternal Chord The Third night saw Five new commissions for James McVinnie and the London Contemporary Orchestra played. The composers: Craig Armstrong, Mark Fell, Alex Groves, Chaines and Catherine Lamb

New works by Mira Calix, Emily Hall, Tim Hecker, Gordon Monahan, Phill Niblock and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

The opening night of Organ Reframed features six world premieres from composers at the forefront of new music, performed by James McVinnie, London Contemporary Orchestra plus special guest Gordon Monahan.

Each with their own unique voice, from the legendary avant-garde pioneer Phill Niblock to the classical/electronic composer Emily Hall, these works show just how versatile the organ is.

“I’ve always wanted to compose for a pipe organ and am honored to have been given the opportunity to do so. When I was studying composition in college, I remember reading that Stravinsky would always say that one’s composition isn’t complete until they’ve heard it on a pipe organ. It’s where you can truly hear how the harmonics play with each other. ” – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Hugh Brunt (conductor)

World premiere / commissioned by Organ Reframed In partnership with the LCO

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