Red Note Ensemble: Eight Songs for a Mad King

February 6, 2020 in by mwhiteside


Event Details


Enter the compelling world from which Maxwell-Davies drew his remarkable 8 Songs For A Mad King. Founded by King George III in 1817, the Worshipful Company of Aviarists served to source and look after his tuneful birds and now present this flight of fancy from inside a birdcage of absurdity as the worshipful company create the regal mind of the mad monarch. We’ll sing a song of sixpence with four and twenty blackbirds, and have a Lark doing it!

Performing alongside Red Note, in the role of the Mad King, will be MMus Opera student Oskar McCarthy, and the piece will be conducted by one of the Leverhulme conducting Fellows. The performance will also feature works by Mark Simpson, Harrison Birtwistle and two RCS composers, Sean O’Callaghan and Rylan Gleave.

Mark Simpson Straw Dogs
Harrison Birtwistle Carmen Arcadiae
Sean O’Callaghan Shapes
Ryan Gleave I Could
Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King

RCS Music Lab and Red Note Ensemble 

Tickets: Full Price £10.5 / Concession £8.5
Booking: www.rcs.ac.uk