Southside House, Wimbledon, Friday 16th October 2015, 7.30pm
International prizewinners, the London Myriad Ensemble, join forces with breath-taking international pianist Yuki Negishi and the charismatic and lively narration of classically trained actor, Jake Harders, in a programme that shimmers with imagination and storytelling. With a journey that flirts with fairy tales and imagined characters, the ensemble brings to life the amusing Parisian eccentrics in Françaix’s L’heure du berger alongside two more recent marvellous works based on Roald Dahl stories. This is a rare opportunity to hear two highly commissioned and established composers’ work: Martin Butler’s Dirty Beasts and Paul Patterson’s Three Little Pigs are brought humming into life by the ensemble and narrator. Alongside Butler and Patterson is the exuberant and at points poignant Poulenc... Sextet. The engaging and incredibly idiomatic work of the independent Gordon Jacob, who taught so many English composers, adds an exciting intensity with riveting moments from every player. We are thrilled to be performing with pianist Yuki Negishi, who performs both as a soloist and recitalist in the UK and abroad. She has performed on Radio 3 and on Channel 4 and has won over 10 international prizes. As a keen chamber musician she has collaborated both previously with London Myriad and also with numerous musicians from the LPO, Royal Concertgebouw and the Zurich Tonhalle. Narrator, Jake Harders, is a classically trained actor and a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Grotowski Center, Poland. He works regularly in TV, Theatre and Films.