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Friday 15th June 7.30pm SOLD OUT


“A Little Cabaret” including Weill, Satie, Iain Farrington's popular A Little Cabaret, Gershwin, Bernstein, Sondheim

A Touch of Cabaret - Come to the Cabaret with Counterpoise and mezzosoprano Catherine Hopper.
Showtime songs by George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
Counterpoise is a highly acclaimed ensemble consisting of some of the most sought after instrumentalists in the UK. It was formed in 2008.

Counterpoise is a highly acclaimed ensemble consisting of some of the most sought-after instrumentalists in the UK. It was formed in 2008 to give the first performances of a new work, On the Edge, commissioned from the outstanding young English composer Edward Rushton. Its programmes cross musical genres and explore the relationship between music, poetry and visual elements, seeking also to develop aspects of narrative and other extra-musical influences.

The unconventional line-up of violin, trumpet, saxophone and piano enables composers to create new sound worlds and to experiment with challenging fusions of music, text and visuals. Since Counterpoise was inaugurated, the ensemble has worked with distinguished artists such as Sir John Tomlinson, Sir Willard White and Eleanor Bron, and with leading composers in addition to Rushton, notably John Casken, David Matthews, Charlotte Bray and Jean Hasse.


Counterpoise has appeared at the City of London, Cheltenham, Buxton and Newbury Festivals, as well as other significant venues up and down the country including Kings Place, London, and St George’s Brandon Hill. The ensemble’s debut recording, Deadly Pleasures, made in 2013, was highly acclaimed. This year it will record its latest two commissions: Kokoschka’s Doll by John Casken with Sir John Tomlinson and Medea’s Cell by David Blake with Susan Bullock.

‘delivered by Counterpoise with aplomb’, The Times
‘weird and wonderful’, The Independent
‘crisply narrated … and deftly played’, The Independent on Sunday
'Counterpoise’s performance is strikingly ensemble at the top of their game.' Gramophone [review of CD Deadly Pleasures]

Fenella Humphreys  violin
Deborah Calland  trumpet
Kyle Horch  saxophone
Iain Farrington  piano
Mezzosoprano Catherine Hopper

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