London Ear Festival recommends


a special concert to celebrate the work of
London Ear’s founder and Artistic Director

performed by


November 3rd, 7.30 pm
The Warehouse, 13 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST

Tickets: £10 (concessions £7) at the door
To reserve a seat: mail@uroborosensemble.com

Gwyn Pritchard’s striking and evocative compositions are regularly performed and broadcast around the world, and have been represented at numerous major international festivals. He is also widely recognised as founder and Artistic Director of London Ear Festival.

This event offers a UK audience the opportunity to experience his music in a special concert to celebrate his seventieth birthday year, given by Uroboros Ensemble which he founded in 1982. The ensemble includes some of Britain’s leading instrumentalists in the field of contemporary music, and has performed throughout the UK and abroad, often receiving critical acclaim.

The programme includes nine pieces, for mixed ensembles, and for soloists. The earliest of the pieces was composed when Pritchard was in his twenties, the most recent, a UK premiere, completed in August 2018. In character they range from an uneasy, taut lyricism to the overtly confrontational or complex.

Rowland Sutherland flute   Christopher Redgate oboe   Peter Furniss clarinet
Darragh Morgan & David Alberman violins   Bridget Carey viola  
Deidre Cooper ‘cello  Mary Dullea piano 

Many years ago pianist Nicolas Hodges wrote of Gwyn Pritchard “… the music strikes the listener with a sense that its progress and indeed very existence is somehow inevitable…where he goes next will be of great interest to all those concerned with the music of today.”  Here is a chance to find out!

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A brief summary

Gwyn and AndreaArtistic Directors Andrea Cavallari and Gwyn Pritchard

LONDON EAR is a five-day festival of Contemporary Music, held every two years.  The next edition is provisionally scheduled for 2020.  The festival was founded in 2013 by its current Artistic Directors, Gwyn Pritchard and Andrea Cavallari, and is promoted by Uroboros Ensemble, in association with Accademia San Felice.

VENUES have included The Warehouse, Theed Street, the adjacent gallery The Cello Factory in Cornwall Road, St John’s Church on Waterloo Road and Rambert’s Mercury Studio.

CONCERTS have included evening, lunchtime and brunch concerts, and late-evening ‘cabaret style’ concerts of a more experimental nature in the Festival Club.

PERFORMERS of international repute have come from Britain and around the World.

RECENT MUSIC (mostly post 1980) from many countries constitutes the main focus of the programmes.  Internationally clebrated compsoers share the programmes with emerging or undiscovered composers. There are always several world and UK premieres. Styles embrace mainstream ‘contemporary-classical’ to ‘experimental’, with some pieces involving live-electronics.

PRE-CONCERT EVENTS, talks and interviews are designed to enhance the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the music, and allow them to meet some of the composers and performers.

OPEN REHEARSALS  – some performers open their pre-concert rehearsal, for the audience to get a foretaste of the concert.

THE FEATURED YOUNG PERFORMERS, young professional players identified by audition, gain invaluable experience as soloist and as ensemble participant.

MASTERCLASSES & WORKSHOPS, for advanced students, are designed to encourage commitment and skill in the performance of new music, and also aid composers in understanding the associated instrumental techniques.  They are open to observers.

AN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT involves children in the preparation of a piece to be performed by the children as a preface to a festival concert.

A FESTIVAL BOOK will gives comprehensive information about the music, the composers and the performers.

A FESTIVAL CLUB enables audiences to meet and talk with composers and performers in an informal atmosphere, with scores, CDs etc. on display, listen or to buy. To add to the conviviality food and refreshments are available.

FESTIVAL TICKET PRICES are affordable and include substantial concessionary discounts for children, students, unemployed, the disabled, and people living close to the venues.

Between events the audience enjoys refreshments and browses scores.

To read a detailed description of London Ear’s musical objectives download the file LEF Objectives