ADAMS AND WRIGHT
PIERS ADAMS – RECORDERS
DAVID WRIGHT – HARPSICHORD
Adams and Wright form one half of Red Priest, and bring all of the energy and freedom of the super-group into their duo recitals. Here is chamber music for all: no other musicians today bring such an astonishing, larger-than-life range of virtuoso techniques and expressive colours to music of the baroque, and as natural raconteurs, they lead the audience through the unchartered landscape of the era with fascinating insights into the music and instruments – and some spicy anecdotes about the lives of the composers.
Feature programme for 2014-15
WILD MEN OF THE SEICENTO
A journey through the surreal musical world of the Seicento (17th century), a fascinating, forgotten era when fantasy and invention ruled over form and formality. From the earliest sonatas of the Italian school to the bizarre meanderings of Heinrich Biber this music never ceases to amaze the innocent bystander. Although the violin was the favoured instrument at this time, Adams has followed historical precedents by adapting the music for his arsenal of recorders, creating fabulous new showpieces. Composers include Castello, Fontana, Salaverde, Mealli, Biber, Bull, Van Eyck and Corelli. A must-hear programme for cognoscenti as much as those new to early music.
WILD MEN OF THE BAROQUE
A thrilling programme of music for recorder and harpsichord spanning the entire baroque era from the madness of the Seicento to the grandeur of the High Baroque masters – Bach, Handel and Telemann.
TRILLS AND THRILLS
A truly eclectic mix of music for recorder and harpsichord, combining 17th century fantasy with high baroque masterworks, Viennese romanticism, English pastoral music, French impressionism, Argentinian Tango, minimalism and avant garde experimentation.
ADAMS AND MOODY
PIERS ADAMS – RECORDERS
HOWARD MOODY – PIANO, KEYBOARDS, PERCUSSION
Piers Adams has teamed up with one of the UK’s most distinguished and multi-faceted musicians to create a duo which defies description, and which takes the recorder into thrilling, unchartered territories. Howard Moody is not only a virtuoso pianist but also a highly regarded composer, conductor, educator, harpsichordist, organist and improviser, and he brings an extraordinary range of skills to this project.
FLIGHT OF THE EAGLE
This brand new programme showcases the Eagle Recorder, the latest development in recorder design, alongside other modern and baroque models, in a range of music of astonishing eclecticism… Classic works by Bach and Poulenc rub shoulders with the tangos of Piazzolla, folk music from Scotland, a Fandango by Godowsky, Albeniz’s celebrated ‘Asturias’, David Heath’s jazz classic ‘Out of the Cool’, the wildly funky ‘Groovy or What’ by David Pugsley and Howard Moody’s own, soaring ‘Eagle Music’.