24 Vesalii Icones

, Start Time: 19:30, End Time: 20:50 St Magnus Cathedral Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX

A new production and choreography of the iconic Peter Maxwell Davies work Vesalii Icones. Written in 1969 this is one of Max’s classic works of concert-hall music theatre. An extraordinarily dramatic, multi-layered fusion of dance and music, its shape superimposes the 14 stations of the Cross on a series of 16th-century anatomical drawings by Vesalius, with a dancer and a solo cellist as the protagonists. Scored for the classic Fires of London Sextet line-up the work is filled with unconventional percussion instruments, a honky tonk piano and much allusion to foxtrots as well as medieval and renaissance music.

In contrast to the vibrant sonorities of Vesalii Icones, the first half features the atmospheric piano works inspired by Persia and written during the First World War by the prolific French composer Charles Koechlin.

Mathew Hawkins Dancer/Choreographer
Soraya Ham Dancer

Red Note Ensemble
Lionel Handy 
Tom Hankey Viola
Ruth Morley Flute
Emma Burgess Clarinet
Tom Hunter Percussion
Simon Smith Piano
Pierre-André Valade Conductor

Koechlin Excerpts from Les Heures Persanes
Maxwell Davies Vesalii Icones *New Production*

This performance will be presented in the round.

Tickets (Unreserved) £17 Concessions £13
Duration 1 hour 20 mins

Red Note Ensemble, superb Scottish specialists in the contemporary, deliver every piece with precision and relish.




Location Map

St Magnus Cathedral

Broad Street KW15 1NX

Tel: 01856 874894

St Magnus International Festival, 13 Albert Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HP

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St Magnus Festival is a charity registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No SC011666. Company Number SC073825.

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