Mr McFall’s Chamber with Peter Whelan (bassoon)

  • Performance
Edward McGuireToccata (for bassoon and viola)
Takemitsu Autumn, from Rocking Mirror Daybreak (for two violins)
Denisov3 solo études for solo bassoon
Errollyn WallenIntense from Five Postcards (for violin and viola)
Jeremy ThurlowBlithe Wine (for bassoon and string quartet) – Friendliness Unquelled; A Living Orrery; Romanza; A Little Concert Among Friends; Lunes; A Vast Idea Before Me
John HearneEulogy and Lament for bassoon and string quartet

Mr McFall's Chamber has built up a reputation for excellent music-making and offer concert-goers a genuinely different and exciting live experience. 

The programme includes music for bassoon and strings. The English poet, John Keats, used to entertain his friends at parties with his imitation of the bassoon. Jeremy Thurlow’sBlithe Wine takes this association further, painting various aspects of Keats’ character – ebullience, melancholy, romance, drunken fun – in six movements for bassoon quintet. Keats’ favourite instrument is further explored in three solo etudes, as well as in a recently-composed duo for bassoon and viola by the Scottish composer, Edward McGuire. Toru Takemitsu’sAutumn from his work for violin duo, Rocking Mirror Daybreak pursues a theme which corresponds to one of Keats’ most famous odes, while Errollyn Wallen’s Intense, from her work for violin and viola, Five Postcards, reflects, once more, Keats’ ebullience and vivacity.

Photo: Jen Owens

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