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Join us for the first concert in our New Music 2021/22 series. Bastard Assignments and Kathryn Williams will be performing in the House.
An intoxicating frenzy of virtuosity opens this concert with Unity Capsule by Brian Ferneyhough. His works push performers to the very edge of their limits, and when played by flautist Kathryn Williams, Ferneyhough’s music is transformed into jaw-dropping physical theatre. For this one-off collaboration, Kathryn’s fearless style will perfectly complement Bastard Assignments – a quartet of composer/performers whose appearances in recent years have left audiences shocked, amused and ultimately amazed. Their performances blend experimental music with outrageous spoken word and brilliantly choreographed use of space, to produce events which are simply impossible to define!
£12 (£5 students), booking recommended
Bastard Assignments are Timothy Cape, Edward Henderson, Caitlin Rowley and Josh Spear, four composer-performers making work that explores experimental music, performativity and movement. They work collaboratively and have developed a shared creative practice. Bastard Assignments organise performances in London and show work across the UK and internationally.
In 2020-21 they performed at the Royal Academy of Music in Oslo and then embarked on an exploratory body of work they called Lockdown Jams. These were pieces made remotely over the internet both by the group, and a wide range of practitioners who they commissioned.
In 2019 they performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, Spor Festival, and Konsertserien Periferien in Oslo, alongside two showcase performances of their work in London and multiple appearances on BBC Radio 3. 2018’s highlights included touring to the USA to work with Mocrep in Chicago.
Previous years have seen Bastard Assignments perform at hcmf//, Royal Academy of Arts, LCMF, Weisslich, in Copenhagen and Århus with AUT, Frontiers Festival in Birmingham, Virtually Reality in Manchester and Nonclassical. The performances at Southbank Centre and Wellcome Collection were broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme.
Kathryn Williams is a “strangely fascinating” (BBC Music Magazine) and “ingeniously inventive” (TEMPO) flautist and researcher. She specialises in classical performance practice, experimental solo and chamber music performance, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent projects include: a Help Musicians UK-funded series of films made with Andy Ingamells responding to George Brecht’s text score Motor Vehicle Sundown; solo multitrack recordings of Aldo Clementi’s Ouverture (All That Dust) and Mary Jane Leach’s Dowland’s Tears (self-release); and Coming Up for Air, which consists of over 100 commissioned pieces limited to a single breath (one inhale and exhale) responding to asthma and other respiratory conditions. Coming Up for Air has been performed in concerts around the world, been featured in Pan Journal, TEMPO, Breathe Magazine, BBC Radio 3’s Listening Service and New Music Show, and forty pieces of the collection have been released through Huddersfield Contemporary Records (HCR).
As a soloist, Kathryn has performed at Deep Minimalism 2.0 (Southbank Centre), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (Australia), Constellation (Chicago), Chester Music Festival and at Cafe Oto. She has performed with chamber groups including Apartment House and Distractfold and is a core member of The House of Bedlam. As well as HCR, she has contributed to recordings for Another Timbre, NMC, RVNG International, and All That Dust and had performances broadcast internationally. Kathryn has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, The Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is currently on trial for Principal Piccolo with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kathryn has also taught and run education projects in numerous settings including schools, prisons, hospitals and for specialist organisations.
This event will take place in the extension of the House which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area of the House is accessible for wheelchair users, and if you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you.
Please note that we will be following the latest recommended government and university guidance for Covid-19.
We are not able to provide socially distanced seating. We advise ticket holders to wear a face covering. We will keep a close eye on the latest guidance and will update ticket holders if there are changes. If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19 you will be offered a refund. We recommend you take a Lateral Flow Test before attending a concert.
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If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19, a full refund will be issued.
Image: Bastard Assignments, photo: Max Colson