Apr 17

Drumming and Tehillim at the Royal Festival Hall

The Colin Currie Group returns to the Royal Festival Hall on 5 May as part of the Southbank Centre’s International Chamber Music Series 2016/17.

The concert follows two sold-out performances in Toyko Opera City Concert Hall in March, and following their performance in London they travel to Hamburg to give two sold-out performances as part of the opening season of the new Elbphilharmonie.

In London, the Colin Currie Group presents Steve Reich’s Drumming and Tehillim. When the group performed Drumming at the Southbank Centre in 2011, Reich commented “Another performance that knocked my socks off was Colin Currie and his group doing Drumming at the South Bank [in London] this year. It was miked up high, it was expressionist, it was a brand new take. And I thought, Oh, we never could have done it that way.” (Irish Times).

Tehillim (1981), is the setting of four Hebrew Psalm texts scored for a mixed ensemble comprised of six percussionists, four women’s voices, woodwinds, electric organs and strings. The Colin Currie Group will be joined by Synergy Vocals for what Colin describes is “A Hallelujah chorus like no other.” Steve Reich described the Group’s performance of Tehillim in Tokyo as “the best performance I ever heard”.

Visit the Southbank Centre’s website for a chance to see these two epic works live.