Sunday 6 Nov 2022, 4pm

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

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This November, join us for Illusions.

Hear 80’s inspired live electronics attached to compositions surrounding myths, dreams, desire, and the reality that isn’t always as positive as we want it to be. With new work by Edmund Hunt and pieces by Richard Baker, including the culturally significant The Tyranny of Fun.

The Tyranny of Fun encapsulates the perception of something dangerous and menacing within a hedonistic environment, for composer Richard Baker, this idea is realised within the sound of the New York gay disco scene, in its decadent heyday in the late 70s and early 80s, just before the first wave of the AIDS epidemic hit.

In keeping with the bittersweet, Richard Baker’s Hwyl fawr Ffrindiau, meaning goodbye friends in Welsh, injects this incredibly touching afternoon of music with sentimentality, and once again, loss.

Read more about the past commissions Hwyl fawr Ffrindiau and The Tyranny of Fun.


William Purefoy Counter Tenor

Oli Janes Basset Clarinet

Finnegan Downie Dear Conductor


Edmund Hunt, b. 1982.

Augmented Vocality, (2022, 15’) for 15-piece ensemble and live electronics by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

New work, (2022, 5’) with live electronics.

Richard Baker, b. 1972

The Tyranny of Fun (2012, 23’)

Hwyl fawr Ffrindiau (2016, 8’)

Learning to Fly (1999, 17’)



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