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Watch: The Percussion Collective prepare for European tour

4:44, 25th February 2020

The Percussion Collective, founded by performer and pedagogue Robert van Sice, is set to make its European debut at the Purcell Room in London on 28 March.

The programme includes the world premiere of a new version of John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction, together with the European premieres of a work for percussion quartet and electronics by London-based composer Alejandro Viñao, and Seaborne, a multimedia work created by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter and videographer Kjell van Sice.

Artistic director Robert van Sice said: ‘We’ve come a long way since I gave the first solo marimba recital at the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal 30 years ago. Thanks to the evolution of percussion over that time, we’ve found ourselves in places I would not have predicted back then. The success of percussion has been gratifying … The next step will be to see a concert promoter book one of the legendary string quartets one week and bring The Percussion Collective in the following week, not for their novelty value but because they’re brilliant chamber music players.’

Watch The Percussion Collective perform Seaborne, a meditation on the state of the world’s oceans and the damage done to marine ecosystems:

The Percussion Collective perform on 28 March at 7:45pm at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. To book visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/percussion-collective


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