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    This event has unfortunately been postponed until further notice, due to Covid-19.

    new date tbc


    48 Hours is our biggest project yet, and celebrates our 5th Birthday. We will learn, rehearse, perform and record the piano quintet by Thomas Adès. It takes forty-eight hours to rehearse this piece and we wanted to mine that rich and fascinating process of all its creative opportunities. We have invited composer, Tullis Rennie, to attend those rehearsals, record them, and then make a new piece of music which gives an artistic impression of that forty-eight-hour trajectory and an honest representation of the ensemble’s journey as they grapple with this complex and remarkable piece.

    Rennie’s new piece will incorporate live performance, recorded sounds from the rehearsals and in conversation with ensemble members around them. We hope that presenting these two works side-by-side will go some way towards connecting new audiences with new music and the people who make it, in a unique, positive and enriching way.

    Running order:
    48 Hours – Tullis Rennie (2020) (c.20 mins) for piano quintet, trumpet and recorded sound
    Piano Quintet – Thomas Adès (2000) (c. 20 mins)
    Post-performance discussion and Q&A  (c. 10 mins)

    Violin 1 – Caroline Pether
    Violin 2 – Gemma Bass
    Viola – Kay Stephen
    Cello – Paul Grennan
    Piano – Ben Powell
    Trumpet – Gary Farr
    Composition and electronics – Tullis Rennie

    With huge thanks to everyone who supported our Crowdfunder campaign, Arts Council England, City University, Salford University and PRS Foundation.

    The pandemic means there will be some additional costs in getting this project back on track asap. If you would like to contribute to our ongoing fundraising, please go to our Support Us page. Anything that we raise this year will go to 48 Hours – Adès/Rennie.

    We will be launching our first album with these works on Moving Furniture Records, and bringing it to you in 2021.




    This project is generously funded by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation.