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Wall of Water- 21 April, 2017, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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Friday, 21 April, 2017
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
7:30 PM


Wall of Water [#WoW]


1. A series of oil  paintings, by legendary artist Maggi Hambling

2. A new concerto for violin and orchestra by composer Deborah Pritchard written for and performed by violinist Harriet Mackenzie.

3. A concert presented by the English Symphony Orchestra featuring works by Thea Musgrave, Deborah Prtichard, Emily Doolittle and Kaija Saariaho which explores universal themes of nature, colour and life.

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On October 18th, 2014,during the Frieze London Art Fair the English Symphony Orchestra will give the world premiere of a new violin concerto by composer Deborah Pritchard, written in response to a recent series of oil paintings: Wall of Water by artist Maggi Hambling. The new work will be performed by violin soloist Harriet Mackenzie and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods with Hambling’s images projected as the concerto is performed.

Deborah Pritchard has responded musically to the intense power, movement and depth of Hambling’s work in her new concerto. Images of the sea, historic and contemporary, are universal – waves have been what many of our myths and legends are built on and the sound and the rhythm of the sea crashing against the shoreline has been an endless source of artistic inspiration throughout time. The Wall of Water series has not yet been on public display so this performance will also act as a special preview, where the audience will experience the powerful interaction between image and music.

These pages offer interested music and art lovers a chance to follow the creation of this new work through video diaries,essays and sneak peaks, and to learn about all the music and musicians involved in the project.

“Wall of Water” was commissioned by the English Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Woods, with support from the Britten-Pears Foundation and Arts Council England