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23 December 2010

Celebrating Grainger 2011

Celebrating Grainger 2011 brochure (detail) Image: Celebrating Grainger 2011 brochure (detail)  

Fifty years after his death, Percy Grainger is emerging as one of the most revolutionary cultural figures of the 20th century. On 17-20 February 2011, Grainger will be celebrated at London's Kings Place concert centre with a festival of as many as 120 works and an impressive line-up of performers. The festival program will also include a seminar with live and recorded music and commentary from international Grainger experts, organised for the exact anniversary of Grainger's death on 20 February.

The festival kicks off with a free concert involving the Trinity Brass Quintet, Kabirat Wind Quintet, Guildhall Recorder Choir and Saxophone Choir. Other performers during the festival include the Addison Singers, Yvonne Kenny, Penelope Thwaites, Stephen Varcoe, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, the Royal Artillery Band, and others. The program also includes a film with Warren Burt talking about reconstructing one of Grainger's experimental machines.

The artistic director of the festival is Penelope Thwaites - pianist, composer and broadcaster - who has performed and researched Grainger's music for more than three decades and has recently completed the editing of The New Percy Grainger Companion (Boydell & Brewer, 2010).

Further links

Celebrating Grainger 2011 brochure (pdf 920KB)
Kings Place website (for all details about the festival concerts, search using the events calendar)
The New Percy Grainger Companion (Boydell & Brewer website)

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The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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