SoundState: Helen Grime playlist

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 09:00

Our SoundState festival takes place in January 2019 and celebrates exciting new classical music from all over the world – including Britain’s own Helen Grime, who was born in York in 1981.

Her work has been performed globally, and we’re very proud that SoundState features the world premiere of her Percussion Concerto, perfomed by Colin Currie. We’re also thrilled that when we asked Helen to share five pieces of music that have influenced her life and work she obliged – and now we’re sharing that music with you.


Helen Grime © Amy Barton


Judith Weir: Natural History

Ailish Tynan – soprano, BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins

Judith’s musical language is so clear, direct and intensely personal. This piece is very compelling.


Manuel De Fall: Seven Spanish Folk Songs

Victoria de los Ángeles – soprano

I’ve loved this piece from the moment I first heard it. At once exciting and touching, intense miniature worlds with so much character.


Elliott Carter: Enchanted Preludes

Robert Aitken – flute, David Hetherington – cello

A mercurial duo for flute and cello, the music is constantly shifting and full of joy. A source of constant inspiration.


Oliver Knussen: Ophelia Dances

London Sinfonietta conducted by Oliver Knussen

This was the first piece of Oliver Knussen I ever heard, I instantly fell in love with it. So much clarity and every note feels like the right one. A piece that influenced me a lot.


Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin

Martha Argerich – piano, London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado

Hard to choose a single piece and it could be almost anything from his oeuvre.


Southbank Centre’s SoundState took place Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 January, 2019.

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