Fruday 29th June
PERFORMANCE AT 4 PM. TICKETS £5
Two of Britain's leading Stockhausen's exponents, tenor George Chambers and soprano Rebecca Hardwick, perform his ravishingly melodious “In the sky I am walking” (1972). George will take us into the extraordinary universe of Stockhausen in an introductory talk.
STOCKHAUSEN - IN THE SKY I AM WALKING
Who’s afraid of Karlheinz Stockhausen? Probably a fair few regular concert goers, but this should not be the case. Stockhausen is arguably the most imaginative and varied composer of the 20th century writing music ranging from simple and delicate a cappella choral works to calming electronic soundscapes and even a 7-day opera cycle featuring a helicopter quartet and a fire-breathing rhinoceros
GEORGE CHAMBERS is a tenor and conductor specialising in 20th century and contemporary repertoire. In August 2014 he was first tenor for Berio's 'Coro' at the Lucerne Festival, conducted by Simon Rattle and has recently recorded the work with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Norwegian Soloists Choir for the BIS label. George conducted the world premiere of Janice Kerbel's 'DOUG' at Glasgow's Mitchell Library which was nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize. As a choral singer, he regularly performs with the Vocal Constructivists, New London Chamber Choir and the Scratch Orchestra, and was a soloist for a complete performance of Cornelius Cardew's 'The Great Learning' at Union Chapel in 2015.
REBECCA HARDWICK studied at the Royal College of Music as an RCM Scholar supported by a Marjorie Tonks award, and previously at the University of York. Operatic roles include the title role in Rodelinda (Handel), Sœur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), Una Conversa in Suor Angelica (Puccini) and the Raver in False Perspectives (Josephine Stephenson) as part of the Hogarth project at the RCM. In opera scenes she has appeared as Madame Silberklang in Die Schauspieldirektor (Mozart), Semele in L'Egisto (Cavalli) and The Governess in Turn of the Screw (Britten). She is currently playing Victorian in Alice in Wonderland (Will Todd) at Opera Holland Park, having been a Christine Collins Young Artist there in 2013. Rebecca also sings with the Monteverdi Choir
Photography by Minjas Zugik
“Chambers and Hardwick maintained a mesmerising pitch of intensity through the cycle’s 45 minutes...The pitch was unfaltering, the unisons uncanny”
The Arts Desk
“We completely forgot that this is a technically demanding work. Both performers were fully inside the performance and created something that was truly astonishing.”