The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet gave two performances of Richard Whalley’s Iapetus Suture in the Netherlands during February 2020. The first was in the Theater aan het Vrijhof, Maastricht on Wednesday 12 February, the second in Kasteel Keukenhof on Sunday 16 February. They will give a further performance at the Pimlott Foundation, Colchester on Saturday 29 February.
The programme of mainly British music was built around arrangements of string quartet music by Britten and Walton and arrangements of piano music by Percy Grainger. More information on the Composers Edition website
Richard Whalley recently performed Weinberg’s 4th Sonata with Marc Danel, the 1st violinist of the Quatuor Danel in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester. The programme also included Ite for solo violin by Pascal Dusapin and ‘Adagio Molto’ for string quartet by Guillaume Lekeu. See here for more details.
Performance of ‘Refugees Welcome ♥’ by Ebonit Saxophone Quartet in De Doelen, Rotterdam, January 2020
The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet were the first saxophone quartet to be asked to perform in Rotterdam’s prestigious chamber music series, in a programme of works from throughout music history which included ‘Refugees Welcome ♥‘ named ‘From Wolfgang to Whalley’. The Wolfgang in question is, of course, a bit more famous than the Whalley.
This concert was broadcast on the Netherlands Radio 4, and the recording of this broadcast can be found here: scroll down to ‘Avondconcert’ 20.00-23.00. ‘Refugees Welcome ♥‘ starts at 1:42:38, and the composer introduces the work starting at 1:39:41.
In November 2019, the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet visited the UK to perform the music of Richard Whalley and Kevin Malone, and to record a CD of saxophone quartets by both composers that will be available through Métier recordings. During this trip they gave a concert in the Martin Harris Centre, Manchester on 28 November, in which they premiered Malone’s ‘The Water Protectors’ and performed Whalley’s ‘Iapetus Suture‘, and a concert in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds, during which they performed Whalley’s ‘Refugees Welcome ♥‘ on 29 November. The CD will be coming our later in 2020 – watch this space!
Here are the performances of Malone and Whalley’s music from the Manchester concert.