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By Michael Pinchbeck, featuring Nicholas McCarthy (piano)
A unique musical experience inspired by Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, created by award-winning theatre-maker Michael Pinchbeck, devised with Ryan O’Shea and Katt Perry, and featuring world-renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy.
Infamous pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned Ravel to write him a concerto after he lost his right arm during the First World War. At the same moment in time, the assassin that triggered that conflict, Gavrilo Princip, was kept in shackles in prison in Terezin, his withered arm tied up with piano wire, fading away into the snow.
Unravelling narratives such as these surround this piece of music’s composition – and together they weave a true story that spans 100 years of history. Michael Pinchbeck’s Concerto is a deconstructed and re-orchestrated exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music to overcome personal tragedy.