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Mr McFall's Chamber

Background and context
October programme

Mr McFall's Chamber present an international programme of works at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh in October 2006.

Background and context

Mr McFall's Chamber began in 1996 as a string quartet of players from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which took to playing nightclubs in an attempt to woo a younger audience. McFall's and Taylor Wilson; Photo: Rapid Eye Productions; Courtesy: Robert McFall

Over the past 10 years the group has grown to include a pianist and bass player, as well as a succession of drummers, percussionists, singers and guest instrumentalists.

October programme

Mr McFall's Chamber will play the Queen's Hall on Thursday 26 October at 8.00 pm.  The programme is wide-ranging and includes four pieces by Scottish composer Martyn Bennett, music from South American composers, and arrangements of cabaret songs.

Four works by Martyn Bennett will be performed at the Queen's Hall concert.  Mr McFall's Chamber had at one time planned a collaboration with Bennett, which never happened due to the composer's deteriorating health.  One of these, Piece for String Quartet, Percussion and Scottish Smallpipes in C, was originally composed in 1995 for the Edinburgh String Quartet. 

It was performed during the Quartet's tour of the Highlands, but went missing shortly afterwards.  Ten year's later, a photocopy of the original hand-written score was found at the offices of the Scottish Arts Council, which had funded the original commission.  A recording of the work was scheduled, but Bennett died the day before the session.  The recording went ahead, but was not issued, as the members of the group felt the piece needed to be performed live a number of times before they could do justice to it in the studio.  The first performance of the work in 10 years took place at Celtic Connections in 2006 at an event to mark the anniversary of Bennett's death.  The performance at the Queen's Hall will be its second.

Javier Alvarez's Metro Chabacano, written to accompany an art installation in a Mexico City metro station, will open the concert, and is one of a number of works in the programme by Latin American composers.  Works by Fabio Landa, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Ignacio Cervantes and Astor Piazzolla will also be featured.  Arrangements of songs by Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and Goldfrapp complete the programme.

Vocalist Taylor Wilson, piper Fraser Fifield and percussionists James Mackintosh and Tom Bancroft will appear as guests at this performance.

To find out more about this performance, visit the Queen's Hall website.

Related links
* Mr McFall's Chamber
* Taylor Wilson
* Scottish Chamber Orchestra
* Queen's Hall
* Martyn Bennett
* Tom Bancroft
* Music home
* Music projects archive
 
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