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Regarded internationally as one of the most striking and individual composers in classical contemporary music, this year’s BBC Proms will be marking the occasion of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s forthcoming 80th birthday on July 15th with a series of concert performances at the end of the month, through August and culminating with a Proms Plus Composer Portrait at the Royal College of Music on September 10th.

Our recent newsletter provides further photographic highlights :

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Bow Down, 1977, Harrison Birtwistle and Tony Harrison, behind-the-scenes rehearsal

Sir Harrison Birtwistle is one of the world’s most prolific and well regarded composers whose music has a dramatic impetus which,
in treating each instrument as a separate character, creates
a formidable energy.

His compositions range from the ultra-violent, controversial operas 'Punch and Judy' (1968), and 'The Minotaur' (2008), to his angular and often challenging orchestral pieces - such as 'Earth Dances' (1986) and 'Panic' (1995).
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The Second Mrs Kong, 1994, Philip Langridge as Kong, Michael Chance as Orpheus
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John Tomlinson as the Minotaur; 2008

To mark this auspicious occasion there will be a series of events
at the Barbican to highlight his music, as well as an international tour of his new piano concerto ‘Responses’, which is to be premiered in Munich, London, Porto and Boston.
We present a selection of his work on stage, including highlights:
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Oresteia, 1981, Chorus of Trojan Women

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Nobby Clark, ArenaPAL contributor, has photographed actor Timothy Spall to promote his upcoming art exhibition - Imperfect Angels Over Extravagantly Framed - which will open at the Gallery Maison Bertaux in Soho, London on 26 June.





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Click on the image to view set of studio portraits by Adrian Flowers, 1973

On the 27th May 1984, at Tewkesbury's Roses Theatre, iconic comedian Eric Morecambe made his last public appearance.
After participating in a Q&A session with Stan Stennett and performing alongside instrumentalist Alan Randall - Eric left the stage and collapsed. He had suffered a massive, and fatal, heart attack.
30 years after his death Eric is still one of Britain's most celebrated comedians. Alongside his comedy partner Ernie Wise
he entertained generations of viewers both on stage and TV - creating along the way memorable sketches such as the 'breakfast scene' - which saw Eric and Ernie dancing around a kitchen to musical number 'The Stripper'.
In celebration of Eric Morecambe we present these selections of rarely seen images:
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Click on the image to view set of studio portraits by Adrian Flowers, 1973
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Click on the image to view Early Morecambe and Wise - including the programme for 'Peek-a-Boo' 1943 - the pair's first West End stage booking

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Click on the image to view behind the scenes of the Morecambe and Wise Show - Dick Turpin sketch, 1975
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...and the rest (all Morecambe and Wise images)
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arp1335061 PREVIEW
Bow Down, 1977, Harrison Birtwistle and Tony Harrison, behind-the-scenes rehearsal

Sir Harrison Birtwistle is one of the world’s most prolific and well regarded composers whose music has a dramatic impetus which, in treating each instrument as a separate character, creates a formidable energy.

His compositions range from the ultra-violent, controversial operas 'Punch and Judy' (1968), and 'The Minotaur' (2008), to his angular and often challenging orchestral pieces - such as 'Earth Dances' (1986) and 'Panic' (1995).
arp1176617 PREVIEW
The Second Mrs Kong, 1994, Philip Langridge as Kong, Michael Chance as Orpheus
arp1144469 PREVIEW
John Tomlinson as the Minotaur; 2008

To mark this auspicious occasion there will be a series of events
at the Barbican to highlight his music, as well as an international tour of his new piano concerto ‘Responses’, which is to be premiered in Munich, London, Porto and Boston.
We present a selection of his work on stage, including highlights:
arp1223549 PREVIEW
Oresteia, 1981, Chorus of Trojan Women
All images for editorial use only. To download directly from www.arenapal.com 
please log in, or contact us at enquiries@arenapal.com to set up your account.

 
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