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ensemble proton – BRIT POP (Bern)

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This programme is dedicated to British music represented by works from two generations. In 1984, Harrison Birtwistle wrote “Secret Theatre”, a work that was conceptually inspired by Robert Graves’ poem of the same name: it describes the night and all of its incomprehensible processes. A cantus firmus is placed in the foreground, accompanied by the constant, unshakeable continuum of world order. The secrets behind “Secret Theatre” will be illuminated by Thomas Meyer’s sonic analysis, a long-standing collaboration about which we are overjoyed!

The work of British-born and Zurich-based Edward Rushton has a strong connection to music theatre: many new operas of his have been performed at important establishments. A perfect opportunity to commission him for a new work inspired by “Secret Theatre”! To quote Rushton: “To share the concert programme with “Secret Theatre” by Birtwistle is great honour. This piece blew me away when I first heard it 25 years ago at the Aldeburgh Festival. Birtwistle represents for me the pinnacle of British new music composition: he is something of a god, be he although somewhat stern. This doesn’t however make me any less keen on sharing this programme with him, for I would like to compose something that renders any comparison unnecessary.

Design by Kaspar Allenbach

Design by Kaspar Allenbach

ensemble proton bern

  • conductor Matthias Kuhn

  • flute Bettina Berger

  • oboe Martin Bliggenstorfer

  • clarinet Richard Haynes

  • bassoon Elise Jacoberger

  • french horn Deepa Goonetilleke

  • trumpet Friederike Huy

  • trombone Jon Roskilly

  • harp Vera Schnider

  • piano Samuel Fried

  • percussion Brian Archinal

  • violin Daniella Strasfogel

  • violin Alicja Pilarczyk

  • viola Laurent Camatte

  • violoncello Jan-Filip Ťupa

  • double bass TBA

Earlier Event: September 25
La chute d'Icare
Later Event: October 23
ensemble proton – BRIT POP (Basel)