PREVIEW: Planet Tree Music Festival

Running from the 7th to the 26th October, the Planet Tree Music Festival will offer audiences a new way to experience classical music in North London. 

Containing a mixture of popular contemporary music and world premiere pieces, the Planet Tree Music Festival encourages audiences to lie down and experience the sound worlds in a new way.

Founded by Lawrence Ball in 1996, which as well as contemporary music also includes a number of UK and world premieres that show an alternative side to classical music that is intellectual yet still accessible to non-classical audiences.

Artists included in the line up for this year’s festival includes Carlo Grante, Alessandra Celletti, Keith Barnard, Trio D’Angelo, Solem String Quartet and Pataphysical Transmission.

The full programme for the festival is as follows:

Saturday 7th October 2017, 7:30pm ROSSLYN HILL CHAPEL Carlo Grante has acquired an enviable reputation as one of Italy’s foremost concert pianists. Here he opens the 2017 festival to include three world premieres by Keith Barnard and Lawrence Ball. Keith Barnard: In Silence To The Ultimate Creator WP Lawrence Ball: Piano Suite 12 WP, Coffee WP, Piano Suite 10 S

Saturday 14th October 2017, 7.30pm ROSSLYN HILL CHAPEL: Alessandra Celletti & Keith Barnard.  Together with English composer Keith Barnard, performing his own world premiere works, Italian pianist Alessandra Celletti presents a multi-media piece ‘Working on Satie’ inspired by the late composer. Keith Barnard, Piano: Nocturnal prelude No. 3, 4 WP and 5 WP The Mosaic Icons of St Nicholas Alessandra Celletti: Piano and Projections Celletti/Onze: Working On Satie, UKP Lawrence Ball: StarGates WP Sunday 15th October 2017, 3pm ALL HALLOWS CHURCH £13, £10 CONCESSIONS: The Solem Quartet present a varied programme of world premiere pieces, accompanied by mezzosoprano and clarinet. James D’Angelo: The Scherzo of Fools for clarinet quintet WP, Pater Noster, for mezzo soprano and string quartet WP Christine Turellier: Quartet 26 Op. 129 WP Jean Catoire: Quartet 13 Op. 219 WP Alessandra Celletti: A Crescent Moon WP Lawrence Ball: Quartet 6 WP Bela Bartok: Quartet.

Thursday 19th October 2017, 7pm-10pm ROSSLYN HILL CHAPEL  Sharing their passion for multi-piano music, Jeroen and Sandra Van Veen perform a programme of contemporary works for two pianos and four hands. Jeroen Van Veen (all 2 pianos): Incanto No. 2 in C; Minimal Preludes: No. 50 in B, No. 27 in C, No. 37 in A, all UKP Max Richter: Andras, Horizon, Written on the Sky, plus others (piano solo) Jean Catoire: Sonata No. 3 for Four Hands Piano Op. 222 WP Lawrence Ball: Spiral Magnet WP and Fiery Reel WP (piano four hands) Ten Holt: Canto Ostinato (two pianos) (45 mins)

Saturday 21st October 2017, 7.30pm ROSSLYN HILL CHAPEL  DerShin Hwang, Stephen Bennett and James D’Angelo perform together an electrifying programme of new and contemporary classical music inspired by the cosmos and spirituality. James D’Angelo: Solitude: A Song Cycle on poems of Thomas Merton UKP (trio) Jean Catoire: Piano Sonata 11 Op. 206 Arvo Part: Spiegel Im Spiegel (violin & piano) James D’Angelo: Recitative and Scherzo (violin & piano) Alan Hovhaness: Saturn (trio)

Thursday 26th October 2017, 7.30pm ROSSLYN HILL CHAPEL  An Ambisonic Composers’ Collective Surround sound concert relay An experimental sound and music project that explores the boundaries of listening and performance as well as the unique aspects of different acoustic spaces.

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