Credit: Eric Richmond
Credit: Eric Richmond

On Monday 17th June, the Brodsky Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg, appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme to publicise their new song-cycle, Trees, Walls, Cities, which is a joint initiative between the City of London Festival and the Walled City Festival, Derry Londonderry. The Brodsky Quartet and Loré Lixenberg performed excerpts from both the Derry and London songs which can be heard (along with an interview with Jocelyn Pook) at the following link for the next six days: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02x94cy (51 minutes in).

Trees, Walls, Cities, is a newly commissioned song cycle, written especially for the Brodsky Quartet and Loré Lixenberg, linking Derry Londonderry, the City of London, Utrecht, Berlin, Vienna, Dubrovnik, Nicosia and Jerusalem in creative reconciliation. The songs, written by local composers and poets, are brought together in an interlocking suite of musical material, composed by the multi-linguist and international humanitarian, Nigel Osborne, which creates a coherent journey between the styles and characters of the songs and cities. The cycle features composers and poets such as Jocelyn Pook and Richard Thomas (London), Christopher Norby and Matt Jennings (Derry Londonderry), Theo Verbey and Peter Huchel (Utrecht) and Søren Nils Eichberg (Berlin). The song-cycle, at around 40 minutes in length, represents half a standard concert’s running time, and can therefore be coupled imaginatively with a wide choice of major works for quartet, or quartet and voice. Associated educational projects can be planned and be delivered in tandem with the project, for example it is proposed that a tree be planted in each featured city at the time of the works performance.

The song-cycle receives its world premiere (to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm) at the City of London Festival, on Monday 24th June, followed by its second performance at the Walled City Festival, Derry Londonderry, on the 26th July. The cycle will receive a further London performance, by the Brodsky Quartet and Loré Lixenberg, on the 7th November 2013, at Kings Place where the Brodsky Quartet are Artists in Residence. Future performances are planned in Serbia, Israel and Cyprus.

Tickets for the Kings Place performance go on sale here from the 1st July.