Michael Pinchbeck presents CONCERTO

featuring Nicholas McCarthy (Piano) and Orchestra of Square Chapel
Orchestra of Square Chapel
Date : 21 / Jul / 2019
Time : 7:00pm
Address : Square Chapel Centre For The Arts 10 Square Rd Halifax HX1 1QG UK
Tel : 01422 349 422

Orchestra of Square Chapel

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Michael Pinchbeck presents

CONCERTO featuring Nicholas McCarthy (Piano) and Square Chapel Orchestra

Sun 21 Jul, 7:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) , approx running time: 80mins without interval

Age: 12+

A unique musical experience inspired by Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, created by award-winning theatre-maker Michael Pinchbeck and featuring world-renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy accompanied by Square Chapel Orchestra.

Infamous pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned Ravel to write him a concerto after he lost his right arm during the First World War. At the same moment in time, the assassin that triggered that conflict, Gavrilo Princip, was kept in shackles in prison in Terezin, his withered arm tied up with piano wire, fading away into the snow.

Unravelling narratives such as these surround this piece of music’s composition – and together they weave a true story that spans 100 years of history. Michael Pinchbeck’s Concerto is a deconstructed and re-orchestrated exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music to overcome personal tragedy.


Musical manuscript will fall from the sky like snow on a battlefield.

Doctors will persuade shell-shocked soldiers to play again.

A conductor will become an assassin.

An audience will become an orchestra.

And a pianist will play.

Tutti, one, two, three, four…


Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatre maker” The Guardian

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Concerto was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England through the National Lottery.

Jan 2014 Concert Poster
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E Minor: iv: Finale // New Sinfonia: Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor
  1. Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E Minor: iv: Finale // New Sinfonia: Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor
  2. Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E Minor: iii. Valse // New Sinfonia: Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor
  3. Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E Minor: ii. Andante Cantabile // New Sinfonia: Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor
  4. Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E Minor: i. Andante // New Sinfonia: Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor
  5. Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor: ii. Adagio, ma non troppo // New Sinfonia: Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor