Commencez! Paris Beckett


March 22, 2016


Chapelle de la Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

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Beckett Concert

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble will perform the complete Beckett Songbook as part of a Parisian Beckett festival organised by Sean Doran, who directs the Happy Days Festival in Enniskilen, where we performed parts of the work in 2012 and 2014. This time we will give a full evening programme in the small chapel of the irish Cultural Centre, culminating in the Beckett Songbook. The version of Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet that we play here is a special twenty minute one, in which the two singers for the Beckett Songbook play cellos within the ensemble – as they did once in Enniskillen…

Part One

It Never Rains

The Flower of Friendship

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Part Two

Dancing with Pannonica (premiere)

Beckett Songbook


Orlanda Bryars (soprano, cello); James Cave (counter tenor, cello); Morgan Goff (viola); James Woodrow (electric guitar); Nick Cooper (cello); Gavin Bryars (double bass)





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J's Blood - Sean Doran introduction
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Gavin Bryars