Leamington Spa: Pump Room

Sunday 25 Sep 2022, 5pm

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We are celebrating much loved Composer Howard Skempton’s 75th Birthday! We will be performing his music (of course), including a brand-new commission, along with pieces the birthday boy himself has selected.

Join in the birthday celebrations at this grand historic venue in Leamington Spa, the hometown of Howard Skempton. Expect some surprises. 

Read our Birthday Blog and find out what to get Howard Skempton for this Birthday!



Thomas Kemp Conductor

Howard Skempton b. 1947

Gemini Dances, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano (1994, 12’) 

Hinterland (2022) World premiere Sound Investment Commission

Anton Webern, 1883 – 1945, Concerto Op.24, (1934, 8’)

Nigel Osborne b. 1948 Fantasia for chamber ensemble (1983, 12’) 

Rebecca Saunders b.1967, murmurs (2009, 27')



Howard Skempton is renowned for the distinctive clarity of his musical language and has composed over 300 pieces. Since the late 1960s, when he helped to organise the Scratch Orchestra, he has been associated with experimental music. Skempton's work is characterised by stripped-down, essentials-only choice of materials, an absence of formal development, and a strong emphasis on melody.  

"Skempton composes essences, and they go straight to the heart".



Listen to Howard talk about Hinterland and the upcoming concerts



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