Peter and the Wolf

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Hackney Proms is delighted to open the season with an unusual production of Prokofiev’s classic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf and thrilled that it will be performed by London Winds – a stunning combination of virtuoso players who also enjoy active solo careers. London Winds’ performances are renowned for their technical brilliance, interpretative vision and joie de vivre. Founded in 1988 by British clarinettist Michael Collins, the group has rapidly become one of the world’s most prominent chamber ensembles.

Philippa Davies flute
Gareth Hulse oboe
Michael Collins clarinet
Meyrick Alexander bassoon
Richard Watkins horn

Adam Mckenzie, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with whom London Winds frequently work, will join them as narrator. Adam is a presenter of concerts and apart from Peter and the Wolf has narrated many other classic works including, Ogden Nash’s poems for Carnival of the Animals and Poulenc’s The Story of Barbar. Adam has had a varied career working in many orchestras, performing solo works, playing in hip-hop bands, improvisation ensembles and theatre groups and has just completed a tour of India with the world renowned sarod player Amjad Ali Khan. As one of London’s busiest freelance workshop musicians and leaders, Adam works regularly with all the major London orchestral education departments. He is Director of Education for English Sinfonia and Head of Education for Brandenburg Sinfonia.

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The first half of this concert will include music by:

Rimsky Korsakov – Flight of the bumble bee
Francis Poulenc – Duo for clarinet and bassoon
Malcolm Arnold – Divertimento
Jean Françaix – Quartet
and pieces from Luciano Berio – Opus number Zoo.

Peter and the Wolf will be performed as the second half of the programme.

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