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)
Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor op 115
Grieg Death of Åse (from Peer Gynt)
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