Octandre Ensemble presents Way Out East | Composer Portraits

Octandre Ensemble presents

Way Out East | Composer Portraits

30 September 5pm

Tickets £15

Journey Eastward through a series of Sunday evening concerts in Composer Portraits. The Octandre Ensemble present three composers who will introduce their work in pre-concert interviews on Sunday nights throughout the Spring. Listen to some extraordinary talent – and join the musicians for a drink in the bar afterwards.


Frank Denyer


Denyer’s ‘extensive study of non-Western music… shows in the semi-theatrical, almost ritualistic atmosphere his music creates’ The Strad

In Screens performers are concealed behind extraordinary dressing screens with soprano Juliet Fraser at the helm while After the Rain, inspired by the breath-taking regeneration after an extended Kenyan drought, provides another work of unique beauty.

Running time 90 minutes + interval


Unison 1 (1972) – for female voice, 2 flutes, violin, viola – 7’
After the Rain (1983) – for shakuhachi, 3 ocarina players, percussion, violin – 16’
Hanged Fiddler (1973) – for violin, sustaining instrument (viola), percussion – 5’
Two Voices and Axe (2010) – for female voice, male voice, violin, viola, flute, double bass, 2 percussion – 13’


Quick, Quick the Tamberan is Coming (1973) – for 4 bass flutes – 8’
Screens (2017) – for violin, viola, female voice, 2 percussion [also requires 4 dressing screens and lighting] – 25’
Total duration: first half 41’ + interval 20’ + second half 33’ = 94 minutes




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