Shakespeare sonnet settings
27 October 2017 | Strings of Autumn festival, Anežský klášter, Prague
Note : Nothing like the Sun

Nothing like the Sun

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakepeare Company (RSC) in 2006, this is a rare performance of Gavin's Shakespeare sonnet settings as part of the prestigious Prague Strings of Autumn Festival. They will be performed by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble featuring soprano Sarah Dacey, tenor John Potter, and Gavin Friday as the speaker. Gavin Friday will also perform his own setting of Sonnet 40, which formed part of the original programme.

Full programme:

It Never Rains (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

The North Shore (solo viola plus ensemble)

Gavin Friday: Sonnet 40 (Gavin Friday, plus ensemble)

The Flower of Friendship (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

interval

Nothing like the Son (Eight sonnet settings)

Performers: Sarah Dacey, soprano; John Potter, tenor; Gavin Friday, speaker;

Morgan Goff viola; Kate Wilkinson, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass

Roger Heaton, clarinet and bass clarinet; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars;

Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, piano; Chris Bradley, percussion (including cimbalom)

 



GB Ensemble perform Shakespeare sonnet settings
25 October 2017 | Howard Assembly Room, Opera North, 46 New Briggate, Leeds
Note : Nothing like the Sun

Nothing like the Sun

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakepeare Company (RSC) in 2006, this is a rare chance to hear a performance of Gavin's Shakespeare sonnet settings in the UK. It precedes a performance in Prague two days later by the same performers where it will be performed as part of the prestigious Prague Strings of Autumn Festival. The settings will be performed by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble featuring soprano Sarah Dacey, tenor John Potter, and Gavin Friday as the speaker. Gavin Friday will also perform his own setting of Sonnet 40, which formed part of the original programme.

Full programme:

It Never Rains (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

The North Shore (solo viola plus ensemble)

Gavin Friday: Sonnet 40 (Gavin Friday, plus ensemble)

The Flower of Friendship (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

interval

Nothing like the Son (Eight sonnet settings)

Performers: Sarah Dacey, soprano; John Potter, tenor; Gavin Friday, speaker;

Morgan Goff viola; Kate Wilkinson, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass

Roger Heaton, clarinet and bass clarinet; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars;

Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, piano; Chris Bradley, percussion (including cimbalom)

 

 

 



Ballet by Gregor Zöllig
20 October 2017 | Staatstheater Braunschweig, Germany
Note : Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt

A revival of the very successful narrative ballet made by the Swiss choreographer Gregor Zollig for the Staatstheater Bielfeld in 2014 - Gregor hs no moved to Brausnscheig as the resdent choregrapher. The ballet tells the whole of Ibsen's story and uses a mixture of music by Grieg,  composed for the original Norwegian production of the play in 1876, and music by Gavin Bryars based on Grieg's music The result is highly ambiguous where at times one cannot be sure which is which...

The production is in the repertoire of the theatre throughout the season.

http://staatstheater-braunschweig.de

 



New ballet with Edouard Lock for Ballet Vlaanderen
7 October 2017 | Opera Gent, Schouwburgstraat 3, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Note : The Heart of August

The Heart of August

A new ballet by Edouard Lock, based on the Orfeo myth, with music by Gavin Bryars opens on October 7 2017 in Gent as part of a three part evening. It will then be performed in Antwerp a week later. A second part will be added so that the two works make a full evening performance and the two together will premiere in Antwerp, March 31, 2018.

As with other projects with Edouard, the music takes its source in earlier existing works, in this case the waltzes of Johann Strauss and Gluck's opera Orfeo e Euridice. The music is played live by a small on-stage ensemble (Edouard's normal practice) this time with 2 cellos, double bass, accordion and piano. This is performed by the Hermes Ensemble: Romek Maniewski and Jerémie Ninove, cellos; Elias Bartholomeus, double bass; Stijn Bettens, accordion; Geert Callaert, piano and music director.

Gavin Bryars and Edouard Lock, with Russian dancer Diano Vishneva, Amsterdam 2013

 

 



London Concert
22 September 2017 | Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1DN
Note : Heath Street Baptist Church

Heath Street Baptist Church

A great deal of Gavin Bryars' performance work is outside the UK. As part of an ongoing policy of trying to create performance possibilities for the GB Ensemble, in its various forms, within UK (see Café Oto, London; Junction, Goole; Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham), there will an ensemble performance at Hampstead Baptist Church in London on September 22 2017. The programme will feature each of the four regular players in solo roles, as well as a new version for ensemble of the solo piano piece Ramble on Cortona, and the chamber version of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet.

Lauda Dolçe I - solo cello (Nick Cooper), electric guitar, bass)

Ramble on Cortona - solo piano (Gavin Bryars), viola, cello, electric guitar) - new version

The North Shore - solo viola (Morgan Goff), piano, electric guitar, cello, + second cello or bass

Flower of Friendship - viola, cello, electric guitar, double bass

- interval -

Lauda con sordino - solo cello (Audrey Riley), electric guitar, piano

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet - ensemble

Epilogue from Wonderlawn - solo viola (Morgan Goff), cellos, guitar, basses)

Performers: Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Audrey Riley, cello; Ziella Bryars, cello; James Woodrow, electric guitar, Gavin Bryars, piano, double bass; Yuri Bryars, bass.

Ticket information: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/gavinbryarsheathstreet

 



Interview and performance by Gavin Bryars and Nick Cooper
19 September 2017 | BBC Radio Three Studio London
Note : In Tune

In Tune

In advance of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble performance at Heath Street Church on September 22nd, Gavin and cellist Nick Cooper will appear live on Radio Three's late afternoon programme "In Tune." Nick will play Lauda Dolçe 1 from the Tre Laude Dolçe and Gavin will play parts of the solo Piano Piece Ramble on Cortona. This latter piece will be gven its premiere in a new ensemble version at the Heath Street concert and extracts from the original solo piece will serve to give a taste. Gavin will also be interviewed by presenter Sean Rafferty.



Ensemble piece for Opera North
8 July 2017 | 3 PM Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Note : Winestead

Winestead

A performance of just this one piece, premiered earlier in the church of St Germain, Winestead, East Yorkshire. See entry for June 22 for details.

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, harmonium

 

 

 

 



Special small ensemble versions
1 July 2017 | 7:30 PM Goldmark Gallery, 14 Orange Street, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9SQ
Note : Small Ensemble Titanic/Jesus' Blood

Small Ensemble Titanic/Jesus' Blood

For a performance at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham, Gavin is making special versions of The Sinking of the Titanic (lasting 30') and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (25'). They will be performed one after the other without a break. The Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with tenor John Potter, performed in Mike Goldmark's very beautiful and intimate gallery a few years ago and Gavin has now created chamber versions of his two earliest, and perhaps best-known, pieces specially for this occasion.

Performers:

Morgan Goff, viola; James Woodrow, elctric guitar; Nick Cooper, cello; Audrey Rily, cello; Ziella Bryas, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass

 



Ensemble performance
30 June 2017 | Albermarle Music Centre, Hull
Note : Winestead

Winestead

A performance of just this one piece, premiered earlier in the church of St Germain, Winestead, East Yorkshire. See entry for June 22 for details.

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, harmonium

 



Ensemble piece for Opera North
22 June 2017 | 7 PM Church of St Germain, Winestead, Holderness, East Yorkshire (by invitation only)
Note : Winestead

Winestead

Winestead is a tiny village in East Yorkshire, in the area East of Hull called Holderness. It's a part of the world that I have known and loved for most of my life. People often think that East Yorkshire ends at Hull, but there are almost 30 more miles to the sea, culminating in the extraordinary Spurn Point at the mouth of the Humber. The poet Andrew Marvell was born in Winestead - his father was vicar of St Germain and Marvell saw his father drown when crossing the Humber. The works of Andrew Marvell form the work's libretto. For the piece, which will be premiered in the church itself - I use its small but quite beautiful organ within the instrumentation.

It was commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017 by Opera North Projects, which gave me the chance to work again with my friend Dominic Gray with whom I have had many productive collaborations - Nothing like the Sun, Mercy and Grand, Overworlds and Underworlds (with the Quay Brothers), the bells of Leeds Parish Church as well as various concerts and other events.

In Winestead church, we will give a short programme in which the work is played twice, with other pieces in between. Later it will be played alongside other Hull City of Culture Commissions: on June 30 at the Albemarle Centre, Hull ahd July 8 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. For these two later performances the Winestead organ will be replaced by a harmonium from my good friends, the greatest harmonium specialists, Phil and Pam Fluke.

Church of St German Winestead June 22 2017 7 PM

Winestead (2017) (tenor, organ, viola, electric guitar, cello) c. 20'
It Never Rains (2014) - (viola, electric guitar, cello, bass) c. 5'
Lauda 4 Oi me lasso (2002) - (tenor, viola, electric guitar, cello, bass) 4'
The Flower of Friendship (2009) - (viola, electric guitar, cello, bass) c.12'
Winestead (2017) (tenor, organ, viola, electric guitar, cello) c. 20'

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, organ and double bass