The theme of our 2018 series is ‘looking forward, looking back’ and whilst Late Music York continues to push ever forwards and to present the best of new music, we also glance over our shoulder occasionally and reflect on the significant musical legacy of the 20th century; it’s not just about where we are but also how we arrived here (and of course there’s an array of fantastic music which still sounds fresh and new!).

20th Century Piano Music

So in May, for example, we present a major survey of 20th century piano repertoire comprising three concerts in a single day which include music from more than twenty-five composers from Schoenberg and Ives, working at the start of the century, right through to Michael Finnissy, Ligeti and Howard Skempton at the close; all three concerts will be performed by the indefatigable Ian Pace.

Celebrating Debussy and Musgrave

Thea Musgrave celebrates her 90th birthday in 2018 so we pay tribute to her in several of our concerts; in September we also mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy, one of the architects of modern music, by presenting an evening of new work inspired by Debussy, including a Late Music commission from composer and Debussy scholar Robin Holloway.

Supporting female composers and performers

There are countless new pieces this year, including several Late Music commissions, from established national figures such as Errollyn Wallen and Robin Holloway but also from promising younger composers and those who make a contribution to the musical life of our city. Late Music continues its commitment to support and encourage female composers and performers throughout the 2018 series, not as this year’s novelty but as part of a long-term commitment to achieving equality.

50th anniversary for the Fitzwilliam Quartet

Late Music is delighted to welcome back the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, who provide the finale to our 2018 series, and we are honoured that the Quartet has selected this event to mark the opening of its 50th anniversary season. To celebrate this occasion they will perform Shostakovich’s 13th String Quartet, which they played in the presence of the composer on his visit to York in 1972.

We think this is our most exciting season yet and we look forward to sharing it with you.

David Lancaster
Artistic Director