The first of these was ‘Chopin’s Waterloo’ by British composer Benjamin Wallfisch, a 25 minute work for piano, violin, cello, double bass, horn and percussion, inspired by works by the French/American painter and sculptor, ARMAN.
It received its world premiere at the Sitka Summer Festival in September 2012, receiving a standing ovation, and reviews suggesting it was the most exciting music event in Alaska for 15 years.
It received its European premiere in Wimbledon on November 24th 2012 performed by Piers Lane, Jack Liebeck, Zuill Bailey, Rinat Ibragimov, Richard Watkins, and Timothy Constable.
It has had subsequent performances at the El Paso Pro Music Festival in Texas, USA, and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Australia.
In 2011 the Festival commissioned a work 'THWOK' based on a poem by Championship Poet in Residence, Matt Harvey, set to music by composer Robert Fokkens. In association with AELTC.
A game in the life
bounce bounce bounce bounce
thwackety wackety zingety ping
hittety backety pingety zang
wack, thwok, thwack, pok, ,
thwikety, thwekity, thwokity, thwakity
cover the court with alarming alacrity
smackety dink, smackety dink
boshety bashity crotchety crashety
up loops a lob with a teasing temerity
leaps in the air in defiance of gravity
puts it away with a savage severity
coupled with suavity
Patrons: Lord Birkett, Alfred Brendel, Rivka Golani, Ian Partridge, Raphael Wallfisch
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