CCCT

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust

Music in Step with the Times
Fifth annual concert in memory of James Allen
7th October 2016

Cornelius Cardew's great legacy is of keeping in step with the requirements of the times in a manner that accepts no dogmatic rendering of reality or limitations on the human spirit and striving to contribute to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity . That was the significance of the title of the concert, suggesting music that, like the music of Cornelius, is dedicated to the New, a living music that embodies lyricism, passion and drive.

The programme included works by Michael Chant, Louise Drewett, Seah Cheng Tat, Elif Karlidag, Patricia Livingstone, Meilina Tsui, Chris Scobie, Alessandra Canepa and Hugh Shrapnel. The works were performed by the Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble - the highly successful husband-and-wife duo, Panayotis Archontides & Natalie Tsaldarakis.
Concert of New Music to Mark the Centenary of the Easter Uprising 1916
8th April 2016

The event featured performances from Quartet De Madrugada: Tim Wright (violin), Lesley Larkum (violin), Josie Stein (viola), Peter Rayner (cello), with Jo Cooper (folk fiddle)

The programme included Jonathan Case: The Topography of War; Michael Chant: Beware of the Risen People; Jo Cooper: Lament for the Lost; Vincent Ott: Stomp; Peter Rayner: Awakenings; Chris Scobie: Banna Strand; Hugh Shrapnel: Easter Rising 1916

The concert was jointly presented by the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust and Morley College.
Concert of New Music for Two Pianists - Music In Step With The Times
2nd October 2015

Music In Step With The Times was a concert of new music for two pianists. This concert first and foremost celebrates the life and work of renowned composer, musician and political activist Cornelius Cardew.

The music performed was dedicated to the New, a living music that might have a beautiful, militant, human-centred character, that accepts no limitations on the human spirit.

The programme included works by Jonathan Case, Brian Inglis, Lesley Larkum, Alex Lau, Vincent Ott, Paul Sarcich, Christopher Scobie and Hugh Shrapnel. Including Boolavogue by Cornelius Cardew.

The works were performed by the Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble - the highly successful husband-and-wife duo, Panayotis Archontides & Natalie Tsaldarakis.
Cornelius Cardew's Boolavogue (1981)
Great Momentum, Profound Changes
16th May 2015
Great Momentum, Profound Changes - New works by Michael Chant, Jo Cooper, Lesley Larkum, Christian Sancto, Hugh Shrapnel performed by Ensemble De Madrugada

The title, "Great Momentum, Profound Changes", is inspired by the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism in Europe. The compositions celebrate this victory, taking up the theme from a contemporary perspective, with a morality in step with our times.

The World As It Should Be - Memorial Concert for James Allen
5th May 2012

Music commissioned and inspired by James and the music he loved, performed by his friends, together with poems and a film dedicated to James, with thanks for all his contributions.
Cornelius Cardew 75th Anniversary Concert
17th December 2011
Cornelius Cardew Glasgow Recital
1st September 2011

A symposium on the Life and Works of Cornelius Cardew was held in the Caledonian University, Glasgow, on September 1st. A recital of his later works was held in Glasgow City Hall that evening.

The event featured performances from Natalie Tsaldarakis: "Thaelmann Variations" (piano) , Michael Chant: "Croppy Boy" and "Father Murphy" (piano), Lesley Larkum: "The Workers' Song" (violin) and Kerry Yong: "We Sing for the Future" (piano)
Retrospect and Prospect - Music of michael chant
1st May 2010
Retrospect and Prospect Concert at Bridewell Hall, London

This concert took up the theme of giving birth to the new as part of celebrating May Day.

The time is here, the time is now,
the time has come for you and for I.
Seize the time in the here and the now,
for the sake of that which yearns for the sky.
Lay the claims, transform the world,
for you and for I with a million songs.


The event featured performances from The DBQ String Quartet, The May First Brass Quintet, Miguel Calvo (cello), Grace Chilton (spoken voice), Rhodri Davies (harp), Haydn Dickenson (piano), Lesley Larkum (violin), Catherine Pluygers (oboe), Carolyn Rogers (movement), Giada Zerbo (vocalist), Carole Chant (banjo and vocals), Michael Chant (piano), Tania Chant (narrator), Decentred (Tom Chant: soprano and tenor saxophones/bass clarinet; Angharad Davies: violin; Benedict Drew: electronics; John Edwards: doublebass)

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SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
7th May 2009
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS - Music by Michael Chant at Bridewell Hall, London

If the music evokes emotions connected with the heart's response to flowers, then it has succeeded. But the question remains, what is this heart's response? Like the flowers themselves, the music has to be appreciated by the senses. In the case of the music, the sense is that of hearing. But the intellect too plays its part. It is not just music to be enjoyed by the ear. The beauty of the music of flowers revealing themselves is not meant to evoke the idea that all is well with the world. It is a beauty which is meant to refresh so that the spirit is spurred on to achieve a different world.

The event featured performances from Tamara Diakow (clarinet), Haydn Dickenson (piano), Lesley Larkum (violin), Catherine Pluygers (oboe) and Carole and Tania Chant (narrators).

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Notes for May Day
1st May 2008
Notes for May Day Concert at Bridewell Hall, London

This concert took up the theme of giving birth to the new as part of celebrating May Day.

The programme included new works for piano by Michael Chant, Robert Coleridge, Lesley Larkum, Michael Parsons and John White and a film by Stuart Monro.

The event featured performances from Haydn Dickenson (piano), Velvet Fist (socialist women's choir), conductor Lesley Larkum; Hildegard Maier (soprano).