Concerts in the West mixes the media

CONCERTS in the West continues the 2020 season with a second mini tour in February, featuring a unique trio of tenor, pianist and mixed media artist. The three-date series starts with a coffee concert at Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 21st February.

The three artists, John Reid, piano, Nicholas Mulroy, tenor, and mixed media artist William Lindley are all well known for their wide-ranging artistic and creative activities. They will be bringing together an exciting multi-sensory fusion of solo piano, vocals and moving images in one recital.

John Reid is an inventive, charismatic pianist of notable versatility and range, with wide experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Tenor Nicholas Mulroy is in constant demand both in the UK and further afield in a wide range of concert, recital and opera engagements. He has sung at many of the world’s great concert halls: the Sydney Opera House, Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and the Salzburg Festival.

Catherine Maddocks, the founder and director of Concerts in the West, says all three are well-known for their wide-ranging artistic and creative activities. This is their first time working together: “Last year William and John started a collaboration to explore the potential for creating site-specific audio-visual experiences, through the combination of solo piano music and projected moving images. Nicholas and John, who have played for us before, will be joined by William, whose projected moving images will give a fascinating backdrop to the music.”

The programme for the evening concerts at Ilminster Arts Centre on Friday 21st and the Dance House at Crewkerne on Saturday 22nd, will include Purcell’s An Evening Hymn, In the Black Dismal Dungeon of Despair, WD Browne’s Arabia, Tippett’s Compassion (from The Heart’s Assurance), Britten’s Canticle 1 (My Beloved is Mine) and Elgar’s Symphony No 1 (transcribed for piano by Iain Farrington).

The Bridport programme will be Schubert’s Der Musensohn, Abendstern, Der Winterabend and Alinde, Fauré’s Poème d’un Jour and Ballade, Op 19 (for piano) and WD Browne’s Arabia.

Pictured: Pianist John Reid, tenor Nicholas Mulroy, and Fallout, a still from a mixed media work by William Lindley.