Fretwork in Madrid


We’re in Madrid with the wonderful Michael Chance doing a programme we call Old Wine in New Bottles, or New Wine in Old Bottles, or something alluding to the fact that we’re playing new music on old instruments (although in some cases the actual instruments are newer than the music, which complicates things). It includes Orlando Gough’s Birds on Fire and Tan Dun’s fabulous A Sinking Love, in which Michael sings in impeccable Chinese and we play all in harmonics. Also these gorgeous settings of Pessoa poems by John Woolrich and songs by Stephen Wilkinson and Duncan Druce and even a bit of Vaughan Williams. It’s really gorgeous, but I’m desperate for a green vegetable.