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22 Sep 2012

Crawford-Phillips and Moore Piano Duo
Percussion: Marney O’Sullivan and Chris Bradley

The scandal of the 1913 Ballets Russes’ premiere of The Rite of Spring has become part of the folklore of modernism. With a rhythmic innovation rarely matched since, in Stravinsky’s words this was ‘the violent Russian spring that seemed to begin in an hour and was like the whole Earth cracking.’

The Rite of Spring is performed in Stravinsky’s own show-stopping arrangement for two pianos by the acclaimed British duo of Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore. It is paired with Debussy’s lush Prélude à I’après-midi d’un faune and the programme is completed by Bartók’s sonata for two pianos and percussion.

Find out more about the piano duo Simon Crawford-Philips and Philip Moore: http://www.pianoduet.com/index.htm

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune for two pianos - Debussy
Sonata for two pianos and percussion - Bartok


Rite of Spring for two pianos - Stravinsky

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


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