The Man Hurdy-Gurdy & Me
Skempton: Concerto for Hurdy-gurdy and Percussion; Concerto for Accordion and Oboe
An innovative concert for lovers of folk, early and modern music by the uniquely inventive composer Howard Skempton and other experimentalists.
Sirinu celebrates Howard Skempton’s 70th birthday year with a programme offering a quirky and unique melding of early and folk musical instruments with modern composition. Featuring new arrangements of his Concerto for Hurdy-gurdy and Percussion and Concerto for Accordion and Oboe, it will also include The Man Hurdy-gurdy and Me, Feste’s Song, Pinter Poems, Random Girl, Half Moon, Lamentations, Beauty of the Morning, The Flight of Song, graphic scores, and pieces by Cornelius Cardew, Michael Parsons, Chris Hobbs & Maya Verlaak … and a chance for the audience to join in.
Sirinu performs early, world and new music and has commissioned new pieces for early and unusual instruments. It has toured internationally for the British Council and recorded for Chandos and Hyperion. In November 2017 Sirinu will present Sounding Space, a promenade concert with projections in Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science, including a new music-theatre commission by Martyn Harry.
Sirinu’s Skempton celebrations will include performances in Oxford of his Five Rings Triples (commissioned for the 2012 London Olympics by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and Third Ear) and of his sung Short Service.
Sirinu: Sara Stowe (voice & keyboard), Matthew Spring (hurdy-gurdy & lute), Jon Banks (accordion & medieval harp), Chris Brannick (percussion), Christopher Redgate (oboe), Isabelle Carré (flutes & recorder)