Fundraising Concert with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
The concert featured the jazz-inspired music produced by composers in 1920s Berlin, when composers like Kurt Weill and Erwin Schulhoff were incorporating the new ‘Hot Music’ from America into their musical language, creating a style of music that seemed to embody the modernity of Weimar Germany.
This fundraiser was also a tribute to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in his 75th birthday year.
The progtramme included the UK premiere of JAZZ CONCERTO, Sir Richard’s orchestration of Schulhoff’s ‘Hot Sonata’ of 1928. (This wonderful performance is still viewable on Youtube in four parts). And Sir Richard himself took to the piano in Weill’s suite from the Threepenny Opera.
Other performers included the saxophonist John Harle, baritone Richard Suart, and Robert Ziegler conducting the Matrix Ensemble.