Andrzej Panufnik: A Centenary Concert
On 22 November Pianist Clare Hammond will curate an evening of solo piano works and song to mark the centenary of Anglo-Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik’s birth at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. Works by Andrzej Panufnik will be programmed alongside pieces by his composer daughter, Roxanna, and Polish compatriots Chopin and Szymanowski. Clare will be joined by mezzo soprano Mae Heydorn in what promises to be an illuminating and inspiring evening!
Forged in the fires of the two World Wars, Andrzej Panufnik's compositional output is inextricably linked with the major social and political events of the 20th century. Born in Warsaw at the onset of the First World War, he lived through the German occupation of the city in the Second World War and participated in musical resistance activities with the composer Lutosławski. Over the course of the conflict, Panufnik lost many of his closest relatives and saw his compositions consumed by the fires of the Warsaw Uprising. Initially fêted by the socialist government, he became unable to compose suitably 'positive' music and, accused of bourgeois decadence, made a dramatic escape to Britain in 1954. Panufnik spent the next 40 years in the UK and was knighted for his services to British music in 1991.
Clare will give a pre-concert talk on Andrzej Panufnik’s life and works before the concert in Oxford and will also be signing copies of her disc of Andzrej and Roxanna’s complete piano works, Reflections, during the evening. The centenary as a whole has brought wider attention to Panufnik’s music, which Clare describes as “by turns vigorously energetic and lyrically expressive – he has an authentic and deeply engaging voice”. Pre-concert talk at 7pm, and concert at 8pm, both to be held at the Jacqueline du Pré Building. Tickets £20 Gallery / £15 stalls / £5 students available from the Oxford Playhouse. Entry to the pre-concert talk is free. Book your ticket here.