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World Premiere of Gerald Barry's Organ Concerto

Feb. 27, 2018

World Premiere of Gerald Barry's <em>Organ Concerto</em>

On March 7, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, led by noted composer and conductor Thomas Adès, will perform the world premiere of Gerald Barry's Organ Concerto featuring organist Thomas Trotter. Gerald Barry notes:

“The concerto is a tribute to the harmonium I played as a teenager, an atonal New York cat who fights tonality, and congregations worldwide who struggle weekly with the hymn, Humiliated and Insulted. I occasionally use musics which are like surreal familiar objects – like seeing the music from my ‘village harmonium greatest hits compendium’ days in another life – like when I die and go to Heaven and hear them there.”

Following the world premiere, the Organ Concerto will be performed again by the London Philharmonic Orchestra on April 11 (with Adès conducting), and will receive its Irish premiere on May 4 by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, led by Stefan Asbury.

Listen to Gerald Barry’s Triorchic Blues (1990) in the version for solo cello here:

(Triorchic Blues/Gerald Barry/Ulrich Heinen, cello)

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Gerald Barry
Organ Concerto (2017)
for organ and orchestra, cym, tub bells)-pno-str. Plus 21 metronomes shared between soloist and orchestral players.
Commissioned by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Centre, London, and Raidió Teilifís Éireann