Present Tense
Music for Piano and Electronics @The Forge in Camden, 8pm, 17 December 2013

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Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

Benjamin Gaunt: Component I - Automatic Jaunt (world premiere)

Piers Tattersall: Rene's Empire of Light

Ruaidhri Mannion: Concealing Isis

Pascal Dusapin: Sept Etudes pour piano: no.1

Piers Tattersall: Contrapunctus Republic (world premiere)

Michael Finnissy: O, Schöner Mai

Messiaen: 'Regard l'Eglise d'amour


Christopher Guild will play pieces by up and coming composers Ben Gaunt, Ruaidhri Mannion and Piers Tattersall alongside works by Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey and Olivier Messiaen.

Sought after as a collaborative artist, Christopher Guild has given acclaimed duo and chamber music performances that have taken him to the Queen Elizabeth Hall's Purcell Room, St James’s Piccadilly, St John’s, Smith Square and live on BBC Radio 3. This concert bears the fruit of a number of such collaborations with composer Piers Tattersall as well as presenting new works by Ben Gaunt and Ruaidhri Mannion along side four of Pascal Dusapin’s Etudes pour piano, Jonathan Harvey’s Tombeau de Messiaen and the finale from Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jesu.

Born in Elgin in 1986 and brought up on Speyside, Christopher Guild studied piano and violin locally before entering St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh aged 13.  He returned to Morayshire one year later to take top honours in the Moray Piano Competition - a victory which sees him as the youngest ever winner to this day.  Christopher entered the Royal College of Music in 2005 as a Foundation Scholar, and remained there under the tutelage of Andrew Ball until 2011, successfully gaining a First Class BMus (Hons), and the MMus and Artist Diploma’s with Distinction.  He now combines a busy schedule as a performer with extensive work as a teacher, and has recently completed his one-year tenure of  the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he coached the students and curated performances.

Christopher Guild acknowledges the following organisations for their invaluable support to his studies at the RCM: Dewar Arts Awards, the Robertson Scholarship Trust, the Alistair Maclachlan Memorial Trust, the Cross Trust, The Royal Caledonian Schools Trust, the Hope Scott Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, the RCM Foundation, a Michael Whittaker Scholarship, and an Ian Fleming Award Award administered by the Musician's Benevolent Fund.  

Piers Tattersall was born in Salisbury and studied composition with Malcolm Singer, Gary Carpenter, and Joseph Horovitz.

His works have been commissioned and performed by various professional ensembles including The Orpheus Sinfonia, The Warehouse Ensemble, and the Composers Ensemble. After completing his studies at the Royal College of Music (generously supported by scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Royal College of Music) he took up a residency at La Ville Matte in Sardinia working with violinist Valentino Corvino, and pianist Peter Waters. In 2011 his ballet Rumpelstiltskin was performed at the Peacock Theatre (Sadler’s Wells), and his violin concerto Kreisler, l’entre deux guerres composed for the violinist Henning Kraggerud and the Britten Sinfonia was toured and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

‘impressively dark...superbly conceived’ – Ivan Hewett


The Forge
3-7 Delancey Street
London NW1 7NL
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