If it weren’t for world premieres, we will never hear the likes of great masterpieces who have passed the test of time. Pianist Nicola Meecham will be premiering solo works of six British composers on Thursday 15th June at the Warehouse Waterloo, a new concert venue in London.
The concert features world premieres of piano solo works by living composers. Two are established composers, three are up-and-coming, and one is a composition student.
Pianist Nicola Meecham, who is organizing and performing all pieces, describes the programme as follows:
“The programme grew out of the initial piece written for me by Tom Armstrong which has the title Morning Music, a play on the word “mourning”. It was written in memory of a mutual friend, classical guitarist Richard Hand, who died tragically in 2011. This work has been expanded from its original one movement form and it is by turns dreamy, energetic and witty. I wanted to create a programme using this idea as its cornerstone and so all the pieces, with the exception of one, have connections with aspects of day and night – for example, Night Scurry, Crepuscule, Night Windows and so on. I also wanted to give exposure to composers who are not yet household names in classical music.
The pieces touch on themes of night and day, life and death, musical space as bounded by the extremes of the piano keyboard and the elasticity of time. Voices in Silence, on the other hand, by Sally Beamish depicts life in a post-apocalyptic world through the eyes of nature. Each piece has its own mood, each composer his or her own language, and these aspects are in themselves fascinating to explore from the performer’s point of view, as well, I hope, as being fascinating to listen to as a member of the audience. The programme ends with the barnstorming Relent by Graham Fitkin– a tour de force of non-stop semiquavers.
The Warehouse in Waterloo has a track record of hosting concerts of new music as well as having an excellent Steinway D and recording facilities.”
Young composer finishing first year composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire:
Read my interview with Nicola about giving piano premieres and new music.