Tuesday, October 28, 2003


Brian Lee writes with information about a UK concert of music by Jean Catoire in celebration of his 80th birthday. This takes place on 29 November 2003 at Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London W14 (nearest underground station - Barons Court).

Explains Lee: “Catoire, a one time pupil of Messiaen, worked in isolation in France. He pre-dates the minimalists of the 1960s. His music, in its geometric, repetitive simplicity and stillness, draws the listener into a state of meditation where higher mind and emotion become one with the music's archetypal nature. The programme comprises four sonatas for piano, voice, clarinet, flute and keyboard."

The Virgin CD 'A Requiem Sequence' brings together the work of Catoire and the twelfth-century German abbess, Hildegard Von Bingen.

The performers at the London concert will be: Stephen Bennett (clarinet), James D'Angelo(piano), James Gregory (flute) and DerShin Hwang (voice).

Admission at the door is £5 (£3 concessions). For further information ring: 01594 517333.

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