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A Celebration of Howard Skempton

Howard Skempton at 70
Music / Friday, 13 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One
£34.50 – £16.50 | Savers £9.50*

A £3.00 booking fee will be applied to all ticket bookings. An additional fee of £1.50 is applied if you wish to receive your tickets by post. Fees do not apply to bookings or ticket collections made in person at the Box Office.


Selected works for solo piano (including birthday tributes written especially for the occasion by Laurence CraneMorgan HayesGabriel Jackson and Andrew Toovey)
Clarinet Quintet (1997)
Lullaby for clarinet and cello (1983)
He wishes for the cloths of Heaven for choir (1999)
Skipper for solo clarinet
Catch for string quartet (2001)
Expectancy for choir and string quartet (2008; London premiere)

Esther Cavett, Morgan Hayes, Matthew Hough, Thalia Myers and John Tilbury piano
Jack McNeill clarinet
Gildas Quartet
The Addison Chamber Choir
David Wordsworth conductor

Howard Skempton celebrates his 70th birthday at the end of October – composer, teacher, pianist, accordionist and music publisher, Skempton’s quiet influence has spread far and near. Tonight’s concert fittingly begins with a selection of the short piano miniatures that Skempton calls ‘the central nervous system of his work’– played by a group of pianists that have been closely connected with the music for many years.

The Gildas Quartet, Jack McNeill and the Addison Singers all have a long association with Howard Skempton and tonight perform music ranging from his characteristically quirky Clarinet Quintet to the luminous Yeats setting He wishes for the cloths of Heaven.

Howard Skempton talks to conductor David Wordsworth in a Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.
Then stay for a late-night adventure as Club Inégales comes to Kings Place, 10pm.

Howard Skempton and David Wordsworth joined Helen Wallace at Kings Place to discuss the celebrations...

SAVE 10% when you book both 7.30pm and 10pm ‘Skempton at 70’ concerts

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Photos from top: Howard Skempton © Kate Vandyke, Jack McNeill © Elly Lucas, Gildas Quartet, The Addison Chamber Choir