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Work of the Week – Gerald Barry: Day

On Wednesday 28 January, a new version of Gerald Barry’s Day for orchestra will receive its world premiere at the BBC Philharmonic Studio in Salford. The portrait concert is part of “Before the Road: The Music of Gerald Barry”, a two-day festival organised by the Royal Northern College of Music and BBC Philharmonic celebrating the work of the Irish composer. The BBC Philharmonic, who will premiere this new version under Clark Rundell, also performed the premiere of the original version of Day for string orchestra in 2006 with John Storgårds.

Day is music in the landscape. Watching, listening, standing still, all ears for every silence and sound. The winds have the same animal function as the orchestra in Kitty Lie Over Across From The Wall: an enormous creature suddenly appearing. – Gerald Barry

One of Barry’s earliest works, Kitty Lie Over Across From The Wall (1977) for piano and orchestra and written whilst studying under Mauricio Kagel, will also feature in the concert with pianist Nicolas Hodges. Barry’s Wiener Blut (2000), La Jalousie Taciturne (1996) and From The Intelligence Park (1986) complete the programme.

“Before the Road: The Music of Gerald Barry” takes place on 27 and 28 January. In addition to the BBC Philharmonic concert on 28 January, three chamber concerts and a ‘Conversation with Barry’ will be held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.