A unique musical experience inspired by Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and featuring world-renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy. Paul Wittgenstein commissioned Ravel to write him a piano concerto after he lost his right arm during the First World War. Assassin, Gavrilo Princip, is in prison, his withered arm tied up with piano wire. Unravelling narratives surround this music’s composition – and together they weave a true story that spans 100 years. Concerto is a deconstructed and re-orchestrated exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music to overcome tragedy.
Musical manuscript will fall from the sky. Doctors will persuade shell-shocked soldiers to play again. An apple crate will become a piano keyboard. A conductor will become an assassin. An audience will become an orchestra. And a pianist will play.
Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester), Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Supported using public funding from Arts Council England.