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Anthony McGill and Britten Sinfonia

Wednesday November 29, 2023 at 19:30
Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
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  1. Starburst (chamber orchestra version) - Jessie Montgomery
  2. You have the right to remain silent - Anthony Davis
  3. Lyric for Strings - George Walker

Celebrated clarinettist Anthony McGill embarks on his residency at Milton Court, in an evening of conversation and performance with Britten Sinfonia.

From becoming the first African American musician to hold a principal role in the New York Philharmonic to performing at Obama’s inauguration, Anthony McGill has blazed a trail as one of classical music’s most brilliantly multifaceted figures. In conversation with composer Anthony Davis, McGill explores the piece at the heart of this programme: Davis’s clarinet concerto, You Have the Right to Remain Silent. This work stems from the moment Davis was pulled over at gunpoint by a police officer during the 1970s, over 40 years before he won the Pulitzer Prize. In his powerful musical response, ‘the orchestra is interrogating the clarinet’.

The programme curated by McGill and Davis also features Jessie Montgomery’s music – infused with improvisation, energy and gleaming colours – and closes with a deeply poignant elegy by George Walker.

Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
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