Bryars and Nyman with Jess Gillam

Venue: 
The Assembly Rooms, Bath
Time:  
19.30
Date: 
Thu
19
April
2018
Ticket Price:
Tickets £25/£30/£15/£5 (under 18s)

Vaughan Williams, Tallis Fantasia

Gavin Bryars, The Green Ray 

Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Greensleeves 

Michael Nyman, Where the Bee Dances

Vaughan Williams, Linden Lea

Saxophone: Jess Gillam 
Conductor: Jason Thornton

Vaughan Williams’ music is highly evocative of the English countryside, particularly Gloucestershire, where he spent his formative years. His Tallis Fantasia, Fantasia on Greensleeves and the enchanting Linden Lea transport the listener to a Tudor idyll complete with folk-song, church music and the rolling English countryside.

The music of Bryars and Nyman, whilst still infused with the sense of the pastoral is over-laid with sumptuous modern textures and crazy cross-rhythms. The Green Ray is the title of a romantic novel by Jules Verne, set in the West of Scotland, in which a peculiar atmospheric phenomenon plays the key part; a "green ray" is seen at sunset just as the sun touches the horizon. Where the Bee Dances has a double reference in its title: firstly to the circular dances which a foraging bee performs to communicate a food source and secondly to Nyman’s setting of ‘Where the bee sucks’, composed for Peter Greenaway’s film Prospero’s Books and quoted sporadically during this concerto.

After her success in BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, Jess Gilham’s career to date can only be described as stratospheric including her 2017 BBC Proms debut.

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