Melissa Bradshaw

York Late Music Series 2019 celebrates Brian Eno and female composers

3:33, 23rd May 2019

The York Late Music Series, which takes place annually from spring to October since 1984, this year presents some of the most celebrated contemporary composers.

The 2019 programme features a focus on the work of Brian Eno with two Aspects of Eno events exploring the English musician, record producer and visual artist’s milestone years in establishing ambient music as a genre. On Saturday 1 June, Bingham String Quartet present a programme of music paying tribute to Obscure Records, the label set up and curated by Eno himself, featuring an arrangement of one of Eno’s best known pieces – Music for Airports 1 – alongside works by composers such as Erik Satie, David Lancaster, Steve Reich and Michael Nyman.

Aspects of Eno continues on Saturday 3 August with the first ever live performance of six pieces from Eno and American pianist Harold Budd’s 1980 album The Plateaux of Mirror, presented by contemporary and experimental music specialist pianist Kate Ledger (pictured).

This year’s programme also features a concert as part of composer Angela Slater’s project Illuminate. The series of concerts promotes the work of emerging women composers and performers and provides a platform for historical repertoire by female composers. On Saturday 7 September, Boston-based Prism Trio perform work by Nicola Lefanu, Judith Weir, Sarah Westwood, Blair Boyd, Angela Elizabeth Slater and Laura Shipsey alongside works by historical women composers.

All performances take place at St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, York. For further information on the full programme and to book tickets visit www.latemusic.org.

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