With the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland this year, we're working with Octandre to create a programme inspired by Alice. 3 emerging composers: Kim Ashton, Darren Bloom and Lisa Illean will be curating the evening which will include new works as well as existing repertoire - all designed to evoke and respond to themes and ideas in Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy.
Lisa Illean will contextualise Lewis Carroll as a figure embraced by the French and English Surrealist movements. She has written a new piece after Mallarmé as well as arranging works by Ravel and Scelsi.
Kim Ashton starts from the 'The garden of live flowers' in Alice Through the Looking Glass and has written a new setting of a poem by Elisabeth Bletsoe. His set also includes a world premiere by Benjamin Graves, commissioned specially for this programme, as well as works by Peter Wiegold and Kaija Saariaho
Darren Bloom has curated a set of exquisite minatures, reflecting Alice's series of curious encounters. He's written 2 new dream pieces and combined them with works by Birtwistle, Christopher Fox, Kurtag and Jonathan Harvey
Expect surprises, tangents and curious encounters…
We're very grateful to Fenton Arts Trust for their support of this project