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Sunday 27 October: 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Faculty of Music, Recital Room, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

In January 2019, the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiered a new orchestral work by Richard Causton, 'Ik zeg: NU' (I say NOW), to great critical acclaim. As the composer explains: 'I say Now' is named after a book by my Dutch relative, Sal van Son. The piece is partly about the passage of time: the 'now' becomes the past from the moment it has been named. But it is also a homage to my 98-year-old relative, whose book traces the history of his Jewish family through four centuries, including his own years in hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland during the Second World War'.

How does a composer make the leap from such ideas and personal histories into sound? In this talk, Richard Causton, Reader in Composition at the University of Cambridge, sheds light on the compositional process, and introduces the story behind his latest orchestral work, for which he constructed a unique set of specially-tuned microtonal tubular bells. These bells – which audience members will have the rare opportunity to see – along with detuned vibraphones, a prepared piano, and an accordion, together create an extraordinary new sound world that evokes the complex and elusive nature of passing time.

This talk will be followed by the East Anglian Young Composer of the Year concert.

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Age: All ages, Talk, Arrive on time, Free