Cadman Requiem


February 12, 2013


Warwick Arts Centre

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Hilliard Ensemble and Fretwork

The Hilliard Ensemble and Fretwork will perform Cadman Requiem (written in memory of Bill Cadman, my sound engineer, who was killed in the Lockerbie air crash December 21 1988) at Warwick Arts Centre. The piece was written for the Hilliard Ensemble in 1989, originally accompanied by two violas, cello and optional double bass. After working with Fretwork on a commission related to Purcell – a 6-part In Nomine after Purcell (also to be performed here) – a new version was made for the combined ensembles and recorded by them for Point in 1997, though this recording is longer available. Their performance, along with other works, at the ten-year Lockerbie Memorial Concert in Westminster Cathedral, was recorded and is still avaiable on GB Records (see Discography on this site).

When Fretwork’s Richard Campbell died two years ago, the group decided not to replace him but to work with just five players. Richard Boothby has made a revised version for this line-up and it was first performed in Frankfurt last year. This is the first UK performance of the revised piece.

There will be a pre-concert conversation between Richard Boothby and Gavin at 6.45PM. The concert is at 8PM.

Gavin Bryars