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Members of the Riot Ensemble perform drop after drop by Dutch based Ukrainian composer Maxim Shalygin.
The work was commissioned by the worldwide alliance Festivals for Compassion with the Dutch Wonderfeel festival in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
‘Since the first day of the war in Ukraine, a terrible pain has settled inside me,’ says Shalygin of the piece. ’Every time I close my eyes, I want to wake up from this terrible dream, but alas, it is not a dream. drop after drop is a kind of an ingot of that pain and memories of my childhood, when my relatives were telling me about the war years and sung wartime songs. I hear those songs inside me again and I wish they would stop’
The performers are violinists Marie Schreer and Phillip Grannel, violist Richard Jones and cellist Louise McMonagle.
It was produced by HCMF as part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture supported by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute. Video and video production is by Christoph Trestler of CMT Media Productions. Audio and audio production is by Coviello Music Productions
The Riot Ensemble will perform drop after drop at 1.20pm on Monday 21 November at Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield, as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF). Entry is free. More information can be found here: https://hcmf.co.uk/the-future-reimagined-bringing-ukrainian-voices-to-hcmf-2022/