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).
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: