Ever played Birtwistle? Now’s your chancemain
From Birmingham Contemporary Music Group:
Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Roddy’s Reel was composed and premiered on the north-westerly Scottish Isle of Raasay where Birtwistle lived for many years. Scored for bass clarinet with audience participation, the work calls for the audience to create wild Scottish waves and weather by clapping and ‘shh’ing. Since BCMG can’t organise this in person at the moment, they’re calling for audience members of all ages from across the world to join a recording session over Zoom with BCMG musician Mark O’Brien in what might be the first online performance of the work. Members of the public can sign up to take part here.