When I wrote Music for strings and hammers for a six-piano extravaganza as part of the FUSELeeds festival last year, I realised that its completely impractical (and expensive!) instrumentation would mean that it wouldn’t get too many performances, except maybe in piano shops… So it was a real pleasure to hear it given in an excellent performance on Friday (March 9th) in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, together with music by Eliott Schwartz and Yumi Hara Calkwell. The players were Joseph Fort, Clare Hammond, Tim Harper, James Long, Alex Soares and Cordelia Williams, conducted by Dan Hill. This included the premiere of a new first movement, a calm exploration of music woven from different tempos and spaces, before the high energy of the main piece.
Music by Jeremy Thurlow