Alan Hacker – A Celebration

A concert in the Quire of Winchester Cathedral at 8pm on Sunday 30 September will be celebrating the life of Alan Hacker, and raising money for Jessie’s Fund. Alan was a clarinettist and conductor with unusually wide-ranging enthusiasms. He would have been celebrating his 80th birthday on this day. Family, friends and colleagues have come together to offer this tribute to his life and work, through music that represents some of his significant repertoire.

The clarinettists in this concert all studied with Alan and were enormously influenced by his searching approach to performance. His partnership with The Fitzwilliam Quartet began in 1974 and lasted for over 15 years during which time they performed both the Mozart and Brahms quintets. Katy Hacker Hughes and Sophie Hacker, Alan’s daughters, are participating in this concert as a tribute to their father.


This concert will include  two world premières by extremely eminent composers: ‘Plainsong’ – a new piece composed in memory of Alan Hacker by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and  ‘Troika for Marianna’ by Sir John Tavener



Tavener    Troika for Marianna 
Mozart, completed by Duncan Druce     Clarinet Quintet in Bb K516c
William Sweeney      An Og-Mhadainn (The Young Morning)
Purcell      Dido’s Lament (from Dido and Aeneas)
Birtwistle     Plainsong
Brahms Clarinet    Quintet in B minor op 115
Grieg    Death of Åse (from Peer Gynt)

Played by:
Nicholas Bucknall, David Glenn, Ian Mitchell, Lesley Schatzberger, William Sweeney   clarinets
Fitzwilliam String Quartet
with Sophie Hacker and Katy Hacker Hughes

Alan Hacker knew Jessie, in whose memory Jessie’s Fund was founded, and himself raised money for the Fund. Both Jessie’s parents are playing in this concert.

Tickets: £25, available from the Winchester Cathedral Box Office