13 March 2007

"Crossing Continents": concert in Firth Hall 20 March

Crossing Continents: a cutting edge composition and performance exchange between British and Australian musicians. The concert given in Firth Hall on March 20 features new work by each of the Music Department's three staff composers, together with music by Roger Smalley and Jim Ledger of the University of Western Australia, Perth. Peter Cropper (violin), George Nicholson (piano) and Adrian Moore (sound diffusion) are joined by Darryl Poulsen (horn) for the first performances of Dorothy Ker's diffracted terrains: duo ii for violin, horn and piano resonance, George Nicholson's Caesura for horn trio, Adrian Moore's electroacoustic 3 Pieces: Horn/Piano/Violin and a new work by Jim Ledger for solo horn. The concert also features Roger Smalley's Horn Trio, with the composer at the piano, and Adrian Moore's Piano piece (for Peter).

The concert is to be repeated at the Universities of Surrey and Bristol on March 21 and 22 with accompanying composition workshops, and in April the Sheffield composers will be visiting the University of Western Australia for a short residency, during which they will perform the same programme and take part in a series of workshops and seminars.