BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Saturday Classics

Sage Gateshead Concourse

The composer and pianist Richard Sisson brings his infectious enthusiasm to an idiosyncratic journey through music articulated by the boundless, cyclic, relentless unfolding of time; from the clock’s ominous striking of midnight in Prokofiev’s Cinderella to vivid evocations of heady times past in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, with works by Satie, Mozart and Beethoven along the way.

For many years the piano-playing half of cabaret act Kit and the Widow, Richard has composed extensively, particularly for the theatre. He was musical director on the film of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys and wrote music for the stage version.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2017

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2017

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Gateshead International Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and Folkworks Pass It On Festival take place on the south bank of the Tyne this Spring alongside Sage Gateshead’s usual programme of eclectic and high quality artists.

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