Celebrating the North West
Today Simon and I played an afternoon recital at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, entitled “Celebrating the North-West”.
This programme of music with local connections included the Fantasy-Sonata by Ireland (born in Bowdon in 1879), John McCabe’s Three Pieces (John was born in Huyton, Liverpool and died in 2015) and three of the Tributes by Edward Gregson (former Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music). We also played new works by two local composers, Martin Bussey (former Head of Music, Chetham’s School of Music) and Stephen Pratt (Emeritus Professor, Liverpool Hope University).
It was a great pleasure to welcome composers Martin and Stephen in our audience, who both introduced their compositions, as well as John McCabe’s wife Monica, who came all the way from Kent on the early train! And it was lovely to play to such a supportive and friendly audience including Phil regulars, my student Emma, colleagues from the RLPO and lecturers from Liverpool Universities.