We explore partnerships old and new in Duets in a Frame on Wednesday 1 June at St John’s Smith Square, with our 22nd commission from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and 1st from young composer Tom Coult. Our partnership with Tansy Davies also goes from strength to strength, as we perform the London premiere of her piece Falling Angel.

(C) Rikard ÖsterlundTansy Davies

Ahead of the concert, Tansy took some time to answer our quickfire questions:

What do you regard as your greatest artistic achievement?
My opera Between Worlds.

What do you fear?
A lack of love for all living things.

Which piece of music has had the biggest effect on you?
Iannis Xenakis’ Jonchaies.

What’s the most unusual performance you’ve been a part of?
A recent performance of my song The Second Key comes to mind, with vocalist Elaine Mitchener, conductor Michael Finnissy, members of BCMG, CoMA players and myself on blues guitar.

What’s currently on your coffee table at home?
Georges Bataille’s Lascaux Or The Birth Of Art, and Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction by Hatje Antz.

What was the first recording you ever bought?
It might have been Now That’s What I Call Music II.

Describe yourself in three words.
Mercurial, stoical, giggly.

If you could have any other profession, what would it be?

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

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