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Kettner Concerts: Four Women of British Music | Hiroaki Takenouchi (piano)

Wednesday March 6, 2024 at 19:00
National Liberal Club, London
£25, £10 students and under 30s
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  1. Four Preludes - Doreen Carwithen
  2. Fantasy Sonata - Madeleine Dring
  3. Boat Song - Dorothy Howell
  4. Toccata - Dorothy Howell
  5. Three Preludes - Dorothy Howell
  6. Tarantella in E minor - Caroline Reinagle
  7. Volunteer Rifle March - Caroline Reinagle
  8. Sonata in A Op 6 - Caroline Reinagle

To celebrate International Women's Week 2024, we are delighted to present a programme of music by four female composers, each of unique significance in the history of British music: 1) Doreen Carwithen (1922 – 2003) was British composer of classical and film music - an alumna of RAM, she wrote scores for over 30 films 2) Madeleine Dring (1923 –1977) was an English composer, pianist, singer and actress - an alumna of RCM, the multi-talented Dring’s theatrical interests complimented her music - many of her compositions are for radio, television or ballet 3) Dorothy Howell (1898 – 1982) was an English composer and pianist - an alumna of RAM, she was known as the "English Strauss" and rose to fame when Sir Henry Wood premiered her symphonic poem 'Lamia' at the proms in 1919 4)Caroline Reinagle (1817 – 1892) was an English composer, pianist, and writer who premiered her own piano concerto in Hanover Square rooms in 1843. In spite of their significance, these composers remain sorely underplayed, and we are very lucky to have found and booked one of the few pianists who actually perform this repertoire, Hiroaki Takenouchi. Dorothy Howell and Doreen Carwithen are two of the composers featured in Quartet: How Four Women changed the Musical World, Dr Leah Broad's acclaimed 2023 group biography. We are thrilled to have Dr Leah herself speaking at this event!

Takenouchi has been heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone. Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity make his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists. His love for the music of classical and early romantic masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.

Guest speaker Dr Leah Broad is a music historian working on music in the twentieth century. Currently, her research is focused on women composers in twentieth century Britain, particularly on four composers including Dorothy Howell and Doreen Carwithen. They are the focus of her first book, Quartet: How Four Women Changed the Musical World.

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