The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust


"Today, in the battle, who we are"

Friday, November 26, 2021

7.00pm pre-concert drinks; 7.30 pm concert

Holst Room, Morley College
61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Tickets are £8 available through Eventbrite or on the door.

Performed by the Ligeti Quartet

New works for string quartet by composers of the CCCT as tributes to Cornelius in this his 85th anniversary year, which is also 40 years since his untimely death. Cardew was well-known as being at the forefront of expanding the boundaries of music-making in Britain and internationally, and then taking this quality into music which was inspired by the modern enlightenment movement.

The concert, organised by the CCCT in association with Morley College and the Ligeti Quartet, celebrates how Cornelius Cardew linked his music with the struggle to open the door to progress, music of the New. The composers have written this new music inspired by his example.

Jonathan Case: Protest Song for String Quartet · Michael Chant: A Backward Glance · Rob Cooper: Navigators: a journey · Alison Doubleday: Personality · Elif Nur Karlidag: Naat · Jane Serter: Frames Within Frames · Hugh Shrapnel: Breathing Life · Patrice Tournier: Resisting Stop Resisting

We also remember James Allen, secretary of the CCCT until his death in January 2012.

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Cornelius Cardew was a renowned composer, musician and modern communist.

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust celebrates the path that he was instrumental in opening up in the world of new music. We encourage composers to respond to a call for music that, like the music of Cornelius, is dedicated to the New, a living music that might have a beautiful, militant, human-centred character.

Cornelius Cardew was always a pathfinder, and it is well known that Cornelius, as well as being an outstanding musician and composer, became a leading political figure and communist. He was a champion of enlightenment and progress in the political, social and cultural fields, his life, ideas and music forming an integral whole.

Cornelius' greatest legacy, one might say, 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.

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