Winchester Festival: Alan Hacker – A Celebration

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30th Sep 2018 8.00PM - 30th Sep 2018 Event Type: Festival

Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Nicholas Bucknall, Lesley Schatzberger, William Sweeney, David Glenn, Ian Michell
with Sophie Hacker and Katy Hacker Hughes

Little Troika for Marianna                                 TAVENER
Clarinet Quintet movement in Bb K516c        MOZART, completed by Duncan Druce
An Og-Mhadainn (The Young Morning)        SWEENEY
Dido’s Lament (from Dido and Aeneas)         PURCELL
Plainsong - first performance                           BIRTWISTLE
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Clarinet Quintet in B minor op 115                  BRAHMS
Death of Åse (from Peer Gynt)                         GRIEG, arranged by Alan Hacker

The programme includes the first performance of a new piece by Sir Harrison Birtwistle in memory of Alan.

Alan Hacker OBE (1938-2012), was a clarinettist and conductor with unusually wide-ranging enthusiasms. He would have been celebrating his 80th birthday on this day. Musical colleagues have come together to offer this tribute to his life and work, through music that represents some of his significant repertoire.

The clarinettists in this concert all studied with Alan and were enormously influenced by his searching approach to performance. His partnership with The Fitzwilliam Quartet began in 1974 and lasted for over 20 years during which time they performed both the Mozart and Brahms quintets. Katy Hacker Hughes and Sophie Hacker, Alan’s daughters, are participating in this concert as a tribute to their father.

This is a fundraising concert for the charity Jessie’s Fund, whose activities include music therapy in children’s hospitals and hospices across the UK.

Tickets £25 and are available from the Cathedral Box office 01962 857275. For an additional £10, join the musicians for a glass of bubbly in the Retroquire after the concert.

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