During the Covid-19 crisis, we at The Cusp will be livestreaming innovative performances from some of our most admired artists on our Facebook page. If you enjoy these concerts, please feel free to show your appreciation by making a donation to The Felix Project, which is working throughout the crisis to provide food to the homeless, the elderly, people with mental health issues, domestic abuse survivors, refugees, children, families and NHS staff.
See below for the concert schedule so far, and keep checking in as we continue to update it.
Monday April 20th, 6pm
Slovak cellist Jozef Lupták , director of the Konvergencie festival in Bratislava, performs his blend of classical music, gypsy music, improvisation and singing
Thursday April 23rd, 6pm
Xenia Pestova Bennett, pianist, yoga instructor, performance coach and music lecturer at Nottingham University, gives a concert on the toy piano and the piano. Her programme includes a selection of under-represented miniatures by Jeffrey Lewis, Federico Mompou, Clio Montrey, Henk van der Vliet and Yfat Soul Zisso. The focus will be on ‘music for healing.’
Monday April 27th, 6pm
Pete Stollery, Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aberdeen, gives a talk about his new sound map (featured recently on BBC News), which captures the way that sonic environments have changed during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The project, which features the sounds of urban birdsong, empty streets and ominous public announcements, is currently in the making. Stollery asked members of the public from all over the world to send in recordings that demonstrated how the COVID-19 lockdown had altered their immediate environment. He received more than 100 audio clips from Chile, Turkey, Europe, the US and Canada, all of which have already been posted to an online Google Earth map. And the researcher wants more.
In this talk, Stollery will guide as through the soundmap, explaining why he put it together in the first place, and drawing our attention to some of the most poignant recordings in the collection.
Thursday April 30th, 6pm
John Kenny, trombonist, actor and professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, presents a show-and-tell on ancient Celtic brass instruments.
In 1993, Kenny became the first person for 2000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the carnyx, a huge trumpet that was shaped to resemble a wild boar with the decoration mirroring the folds of skin around the boar’s face. Since then, he has devoted much of his career to reconstructing the many lip reed instruments of antiquity, including the magnificent Tintignac Carnyx, recently discovered in the Dordogne region of France.
In this talk he gives us a tour of his ancient horn collection and tells us what these instruments reveal about the people who originally played them.
Monday May 4th, 6pm
Dr Bruno Bower, Teaching Fellow in Music at the University of Surrey, and Evening Class Lecturer at Imperial College London, presents a lecture: The Fluid Worlds of Victorian Arts and Sciences.
A doctor writes about wind instruments, a lawyer researches wrestlers on behalf of an African explorer, a hostess links everyone up, and music runs in the background throughout. This is the fervid intellectual climate of the Victorian era. Bringing together a diverse range of people we wouldn’t normally think to connect (if we remember them at all), this talk will show how freely ideas could circulate in a less disciplinary age.
Thursday May 7th, 6pm
The leading baritone Roderick Williams – best known as an opera singer and recitalist – sings ‘Ol Man River’, the spiritual from Jerome Kern’s Show Boat.
Monday May 11th, 6pm
Live music from cellist, singer and ‘virtuoso of the arts’ Matthew Sharp, who takes us on a whirlwind tour of musical styles and genres, from Coldplay to Charlie Chaplin, Piazzolla to Erasure, Bach to Jeff Buckley
Thursday May 14th, 6pm
Monday May 18th, 6pm
Thursday May 21st, 6pm
Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu perform a programme including John Cage’s Three Easy Pieces; Freya Waley-Cohen’s Unveil; Yfat Soul Zisso’s Everything is Fine; Séan Clancy’s Four Pieces of Music Lasting Thirty Seconds Each; Liam Mattison’s Mother’s Darning; Freya Waley-Cohen’s Sardine; and John Cage’s Suite for Toy Piano
Monday May 25th, 6pm
Leader of the Britten Sinfonia Thomas Gould, a violinist who ‘refuses to be defined by a single genre’ (The Guardian), performs music by composers including Bach, Michel van der Aa, Telemann, Gabriel Prokofiev, Nico Muhly, and Barrios Mangore.