Concert Focus – Antipodean Celebration

Posted on: June 24, 2011 in: Concert Focus

On 29 June we’ ll be celebrating the work of two contemporary Australian composers, as part of the City of London Festival in the elegant Plaisterers’ Hall, the largest livery hall in London. Elena Kats-Chernin’s Ornamental Air an evocative piece written especially for our Principal Conductor Michael Collins and the Orchestra, and Brett Dean’s Between the Spaces in the Sky a moving tribute to our founder the late Richard Hickox, will make this concert a particularly personal one for us.

Here we take a brief look at the two extraordinary Antipodean composers and what influences their work and music.

Elena Kats-Chernin was actually born in Uzbekistan in 1957 and rained at the Gnesin Musical College before moving to Australia in 1975. Her highly energetic and dramatic works have been performed world-wide, with a particular focus on music for dance, as well as opera, orchestral work and  music for film and theatre. The rhythmic dynamism of her music displays the influences of cabaret, tango and ragtime, and the extreme contrasts between fun and melancholy are a hugely important element of her compositions and will bring an atmosphere of intense excitement to the beautiful setting and acoustics of Plaisterers’ Hall.



Brett Dean studied in Brisbane, Australia before travelling to Germany in 1985, where he was a permanent viola player in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for fourteen years. In 1988 he began composing, initially as an arranger, and was an improvising performer for film and radio projects in Australia, where he returned in 2000. His compositions are produced mainly from literary, political or visual stimuli, including the paintings of his wife Heather Betts, and often provide intellectual references to the past or present. We’re delighted to be performing the world premiere of his latest work Between the Spaces in the Sky, a City of London Festival commission.

Tickets: £20, £10 (includes a glass of wine)

Mozart Symphony No.1
Elena KatsChernin Ornamental Air
Brett Dean Between the spaces in the sky World Premiere
Mozart Clarinet Concerto


Wednesday 29 June, 7.30pm

 Plaisterers’ Hall