Steve Bingham, a renowned local violinist and conductor is celebrating his 50th birthday by staging one of the most unusual charity concerts ever witnessed in Cambridge, for Cam Sight.
Steve Bingham’s Fire and Ice concert will combine full orchestra with electric and traditional violins in a programme featuring mythical glowing birds, icy wastes, JS Bach and a looping masterpiece, all in aid of Cam Sight.
West Road Concert Hall
Sunday 16 June 2013, 7.30pm
Steve, has played with some of the UK’s top orchestras as well as leading the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and conducting the Ely Sinfonia, is a champion of the idea that a training in classical music is just the start in making music of all types an adventure for everyone. His concert, Fire and Ice, will feature modern classical, world music and film scores, as well as a full concerto for recorded birdsong and orchestra.
The concert will take place in West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, and the programme will include Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus concerto for birdsong and orchestra, the suite from Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Bach’s Chaconne in D minor for solo violin, Keeling’s You Cut The String for electric violin and live looping, and Michael Nyman’s Suite of Film Music Pieces, including two brand new arrangements by Phil Toms.
The Firebird is one of the world’s best-loved orchestral scores, with its infernal dance and a blazing conclusion which sweeps all before it. It is based on Russian folk tales and the stories provoked in the composer, Stravinsky, some of his most ardent and luscious writing.
Steve Bingham’s concert will feature other birds too, but this time they will be real – and recorded: birds from the Arctic Circle in Einojuhani Rautavaara’s extraordinary Cantus Articus, a concerto for birdsong and orchestra. The haunting calls of recorded shore larks and whooper swans ring through the swirl of flutes and the shimmer of strings in a work that is mysterious, deeply moving and life enhancing.
Michael Nyman’s Suite of Film Music Pieces includes items from two of his most memorable films scores: Drowning by numbers and A Zed and Two Noughts. Michael Nyman is one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary composers and Phil Toms’ arrangements of his music will demonstrate the talents of an orchestra especially assembled for this concert.
To complete the evening, Steve Bingham will play the Chaconne in D Minor for solo violin by JS Bach and a work specially written for him by composer Andrew Keeling. You Cut the String combines live electric violin and recorded loops in a work of bright, transparent beauty and artistry.
Tickets for the concert are available from the ADC Theatre box office – 01223 300085, or online at http://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/concert/fire-and-ice.aspx