Soul of a Woman: Joanna MacGregor

Venue Great Hall

Running time 50

Artists: Joanna MacGregor, piano


Tickets £10 | Students and U16 £5

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Next date 19th August 5:15 pm

About this event

Blues, fairy tales, salsa, and Eleanor Alberga’s epic and moving It’s Time, based on the great Pushkin poem It’s time, my friend, it’s time: a recital devoted to the power of female imagination.

Sofia Gubaidulina Musical Toys
Errollyn Wallen I wouldn’t normally say
Gabriela Ortiz Suy-muy-key
Stevie Wishart Proem, Prelude and Fugue
Freya Waley-Cohen Southern Leaves
Nina Simone trans. MacGregor Little Girl Blue; Good Bait
Eleanor Alberga It’s Time

Joanna MacGregor’s programme draws on music’s biggest female talents, from Mexico, Belize, Russia, the Deep South and the UK. Stylistically, the music ranges from Gubaidulina’s delicate, folk-inspired pointillism and rip-roaring salsa from Errolyn Wallen and Gabriela Ortiz, to breathtaking, Nancarrow-inspired prelude-writing from Stevie Wishart. Freya Waly-Cohen’s spacious homage to Nina Simone is followed by MacGregor’s own jazz transcriptions. Eleanor Alberga is our resident composer this week, mentoring the Advanced Composers course.

MacGregor’s verve, energy and astounding technique are always at the service of the music and never vice versa. Her ability to inhabit so many sound worlds with the same intensity and commitment is profoundly impressive. – BBC Classical Review

Made For Dartington

Don’t miss:
Joanna MacGregor playing Brahms, Ginastera and Beethoven on 7 August
Heath Quartet playing Britten, Beethven and Eleanor Alberga’s Quartet no.2 on 19 August
Trio Tritium playing Eleanor Alberga’s Dancing with the Shadow on 20 August

Joanna MacGregor, the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival, is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, she has performed in more than eighty countries.
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