Aidan Chan curated by Alex Ho

Wednesday 30 October 2024

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Join us in the intimate setting of the Howard Assembly Room for a programme of work for solo piano and spoken word. Curated by British-Chinese composer Alex Ho for Irish-Chinese pianist Aidan Chan, the evening includes the UK premiere of Ho’s new work, Untitled.

Showcasing music spanning over 250 years from both sides of the Atlantic, join us for an All Hallows’ Eve-themed programme exploring fantasy, myth and storytelling through music, traditions and culture.

£16 (+£1 booking fee)
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Aidan Chan

Described as “fearless and uncompromising”, Aidan Chan is an Irish-Chinese pianist whose work primarily explores identity and post-structuralism through performance. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the US (Carnegie Hall), UK (Wigmore Hall), Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, China and across Ireland.

As a concerto soloist he has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Budweis and the TUD Sinfonia. Aidan has been a frequent prize-winner in competitions in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. He won top prize at the 2016 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, and was the recipient of the 2019 Trench Award and Audience Choice Prize in Ireland.

In 2023, he was awarded both the Feis Ceoil Morris Grant Bursary for-pianists and the RDS Music Bursary.

Alex Ho

Alex Ho is a British-Chinese composer whose music and stage works have been described as “menacing and poetic” (The Guardian), “important and impressive” (Opera Today) and a “fresh, different idea that captured the imagination” (Scottish New Music Awards 2021).

He has had pieces performed/commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, BBC Radio 3 and Royal Opera House.

Alex’s music theatre piece, ‘Untold’, co-created with Olivier-nominated choreographer Julia Cheng, premiered at Concertgebouw Brugge and O. Festival Rotterdam in Spring 2023 and won the FEDORA Opera Prize 2023 for a “bold and moving creation”.

Alex is supported by Glyndebourne Opera’s 3-year Balancing the Score residency programme.


Henry Cowell ‘3 Irish Legends’
‘The Banshee’

Sage Stanescu poetry
Alex Ho New Commission
Linda Buckley ‘Water Witch’
Aidan Chan/Naijuu ‘Wickerman’
Ondine poem
Chopin Raindrop Prelude
Ballade No. 3

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