The Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary closing Concert Odyssey by Lydia Kakabadse, performed by the RHUL Choir
Venue: Chapel, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Date: 27 October 2018 at 7pm
The Hellenic Institute will be closing its 25th Anniversary celebrations with the premiere of Odyssey, a specially commissioned choral work, representative of an epic journey through centuries of Greek history and culture. Accompanied by the harp, Odyssey will be performed by the RHUL Choir under the directorship of Rupert Gough. The lyrics are a synthesis of selected Greek poetry from Homer and the Classical period, through Hellenistic and Roman times to Byzantium, post-Byzantium and Modern Hellenism. All welcome. For reservations please contact: royalholloway.ac.uk/events
Lydia Kakabadse is a leading composer of mainly chamber and choral music. Her works include string quartets, string duet, songs, musical dramas, cantata, a concert Requiem Mass and choral works for mixed/male/children’s choirs. “A very gifted and accessible composer” with “a mastery of counterpoint and a richness of ideas” (Music Web International), Lydia started piano lessons at the age of five and composing at thirteen. She studied the double bass under the late Ida Carroll OBE and read Music at RHUL (1977). Lydia has been included as a Greek heritage classical composer in the “Archive of Classical Greek Composers”. Her works, which have been released under the Naxos and Divine Art labels, are played on BBC Radio 3 and have been included on International Women’s Day.