Late Music concerts return to York at the end of the month – with a brand new season for 2022/23.
The new season kicks off on 30 September with a performance by one of the event’s regular favourites – the Delta Saxophone Quartet.
It reflects a diverse programme stretching through to summer 2023.
The concerts include arrangements by Steve Martland of Purcell – as well as the works of Louis Andriessen, Paul McCartney, Michael Nyman and Factory Records’ Joy Division.
Other returning names include pianist Ian Pace (1 April) and the Fitzwilliam Quartet (4 Feb) who will be displaying their virtuosity with a selection ranging from Beethoven to Bartok via Percy Grainger.
Late Music will be marking the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth as well as honouring one of the great modern British composers, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, who died this year.
This season will also celebrate the 75th birthday of Late Music patron Nicola LeFanu, with a (3 Dec) world premiere performance of her piano trio and quartet.
New season highlights include harper Ruth Lee (4 March) with a rare performance of Hindemith’s Sonata for Harp.
Chris Caldwell, Delta baritone saxophonist, returns (4 February) for Music on the Edge in which, together with flautist Susie Hodder-Williams and guitarist James Boyd, he gives us Tippett, Villalobos and Bach as well as new works including Haley Jenkins and David Lancaster.
Guitarist Federico Pendenza’s tribute (6 May) to Reginald Smith-Brindle also provides an opportunity for Late Music to fulfil its brief of championing composers who are now somewhat overlooked.
Finally, in these grim times, we’ll all be hoping that the series finale (3 June) is intended as a bit of fun, rather than a prediction: Late Music Ensemble conductor Nick Williams is presenting The End of the World Jukebox, in which composers and players reimagine the pop music they would like to hear if the worst really does come to the worst.
To see the full concert programme and to book your tickets, visit the Late Music website.