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Concrete Music

Concrete Music, Poplar union, opera, music, east London architecture, Tower Hamlets, live music
Concrete Music, Poplar union, opera, music, east London architecture, Tower Hamlets, live music

New opera by East London-born composer Jonathan Pease about the life and death of an architect, who sets out to rebuild the East End after the Second World War. This dark satire on the modernist movement asks questions about control, coercion and the relationship between government and the governed.

Performances

Thursday 23 January  – 7.30pm

Saturday 25 January – 2.30pm (matinee)

About the composer

Jonathan Pease graduated with an MA in Music from Cambridge University in 2010, where he studied composition with Giles Swayne.

His first large-scale opera, These Things Happen, premiered at the Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, in 2012. His second large-scale opera, Concrete Music, was a finalist in the Opera Up Close Flourish competition; while a children’s opera, St. Paul’s Shipwreck, written for St. Luke’s School on the Isle of Dogs, received its first performance in 2016 in front of the Bishop of Stepney and Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Jonathan was also a finalist in the 2012 ENO Mini Opera competition.

As a pianist, Jonathan has worked with groups including the Royal Opera House, Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Spitalfields Music and Chelsea Opera Group. Jonathan has musically directed opera from the piano for Devon Opera and Opera Anywhere, is resident MD at the Ivory Vaults, Tower Bridge, and conducts the East London Evensong Choir, East London Children’s Choir and Aldersbrook Community Choir.

Jonathan is grateful for the support of Making Music and the Concordia Foundation.