Music is for Everyone: Music & Disability

global_212048962As part of this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival, Music of Our Time (MOOT) presents a unique series of concerts focusing on Music and Disability with an imaginative and exciting range of artists and programmes.

One of the highlights of the series will be a concert by left-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy, who more than amply demonstrates through his virtuosity and pianistic sensitivity that having only one hand need not be a hindrance to extraordinary piano playing. His programme features works by Bach, Scriabin, Schubert, Richard Strauss and Liszt.

Meanwhile, ‘The Bionic Ear Show’ is an award-winning fun, interactive show about hearing and how to protect your ears for the future. ‘Lost and Sound’ is a moving documentary film by partially deaf filmmaker Lindsey Dryden, with stories of sound and silence including a young pianist who lost her hearing as a baby, and a music critic facing sudden hearing loss.

An afternoon workshop on Saturday 18th May with Dr Paul Whittaker OBE and singers from the British Voice Association explores how deaf people can enjoy singing and vocalising.

Other concerts in the series include a performance of Stravinsky’s ground-breaking The Rite of Spring one hundred years to the day since its controversial 1913 premiere in Paris. The programme also includes Debussy’s Épigraphes antiques and a short film about The Rite and the infamous riot at its premiere.

The brilliant young Ligetti Quartet perform works by Adams, Górecki’s Arioso, Huang Hai-Huai, Webern, and Laura J. Bowler’s Hay Fever (includes a teapot and four copies of The Sunday Times). Plus György Ligeti’s Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes (don’t forget to bring yours!).

Paul Silverthorne (Principal Viola, London Symphony Orchestra) & pianist Aglaia Tarantino perform Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, followed by a tribute in memoriam to Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze and Richard Rodney Bennett with imaginative works by each composer, ending with Paul’s own transcription of Stravinsky’s elegant Suite Italienne.

Full details of all the concerts in the series, and tickets, here

MOOT also present a special free Spectrum Music Day with Thalia Myers. Pianists are invited to play any piece from the eight Spectrum books published by ABRSM. There will be a workshop with Thalia Myers followed by a concert.

Further details here

My Meet the Artist interview with Nicholas McCarthy

MOOT is a non-profit group for the public benefit promoting contemporary music arts education. Artistic director: Norman Jacobs. To keep up to date with MOOT events, join the MOOT Meetup group.