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Kings Place in association with Erased Tapes present the world premiere of a new work by Emmy Award-winning composer Michael Price, performed by an ensemble of strings, voices, keyboards and tape, alongside much loved works from across Price’s repertoire.
The new work being premiered is Tender Symmetry, Michael Price’s second album with Erased Tapes which was released on 31 August, 2018. The ambitious musical project takes in a series of iconic National Trust locations across England as its inspiration, turning them into unlikely recording spaces. Michael and a host of musicians and collaborators — including soprano Grace Davidson (featured on Max Richter’s Sleep) and Shards (the choir on Nils Frahm’s All Melody) — travelled across the country in pursuit of places far removed from the traditional recording studio to create seven unique and moving pieces, straddling the past and the future.
While each piece of music is named after the location it was created in, William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience courses through them as well. Soprano Grace Davidson sings Blake’s poignant words about nature, religion and the industrial revolution on several of the pieces including the astoundingly beautiful album closer Shade Of Dreams, written after the birth of Michael’s daughter. ‘The final piece, Shade of Dreams, is part of a group of pieces I wrote for the birth of our daughter, Emilie. It, like all the works on the album, takes its text from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, in this case, A Cradle Song. As much as Tender Symmetry is about the past, it is firmly about the future, and all our of shared futures.’ — Michael Price.
Listen to the album in full below or buy from erasedtapes.com
Please note that the performance starts at 8.30pm and will finish at 10pm. There will not be an interval.
Internationally recognised for his extensive work as a composer, producer, arranger and music editor in the world of film and TV music, Michael Price has been nominated for three Emmy awards (winning in 2014 for the BBC’s Sherlock series), a BAFTA and has worked on hugely varied projects ranging from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the Inbetweeners movies. Michael Price’s previous full-length release on Erased Tapes, Entanglement, was described as ‘gorgeous’ by Rolling Stone, ‘a neo-classical treat’ by Uncut, and Clash remarked that ‘the emotional clout of this music is quite staggering’.