Each pianist was invited to choose two or three EU countries, listen to the traditional and classical music, identify the main composers and musical organisations in each country, and find a young composer to write a short piano piece for them. The pianists, between them, secured pieces from each of the 28 countries, which is an impressive achievement. They have also made some new international friends and contacts.
There were a few surprises in the programme, including three eggs being smashed onstage as part of one composition, and unexpected sounds from a piano that had been prepared! We were delighted to have the following composers present – Felix Altenberg from Belgium, Frederico Paixaio from Portugal, Pol van den Berg from the Netherlands, William Gough from the UK, Vilhelm Patriks Skabardis from Latvia and Ana Meunier from France.
The event will be repeated at the Royal Over Seas League’s Princess Alexandra Hall in June 2016.