Back to (and beyond) the Electric Palace - Psappha conducted by Nicholas Kok


29 October, 2009


Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster


The programme included: Philip Glass’s String Quartet No.3, ‘Mishima’; Anna Clyne’s Fits and Starts and Rapture; and a selection of five, rarely screened American ‘shorts’ with live musical accompaniment.

This intriguing evening exploring music and film opened with the string quartet which the ‘father of minimalism’ Philip Glass drew from his evocative score for the mosaic biopic about the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. The programme continued with the lyrical instrumental writing and swirling electronic soundscapes of one of today’s most exciting emerging composers, Anna Clyne. Inventive and innovative, five films which shaped American cinema were accompanied by new scores commissioned by Opera North and premiered by Psappha. The five original soundtracks – curated by Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei Prokofiev – exploited the potential of sound and silents.

This event was supported by the Friends of Lancaster Concerts Presented in association with Psappha.