On 21st February, Richard Causton's Nocturne for 21 Pianos, a work commissioned in celebration of Chopin' bicentenary, was performed in a Chapel Lates concert at King's College, Cambridge. The performance was given by University students alongside young pianists from the Peterborough and Saffron Walden branches of the Centre for Young Musicians, and St. Bede's School in Cambridge.
This event was generously sponsored by Miller's Music in Cambridge, which donated all 21 pianos to local schools and other organisations after the concert.
A cd containing five works by Causton (Threnody, Rituals of Hunting and Blooding, 'Non mi comporto male', Sleep and Night Piece) was recently released on the Prima Facie record label (PFCD051) by the Continuum Ensemble, conducted by Philip Headlam. The soloists are Mary Bevan (soprano), Lisa Nelsen (flute) and Douglas Finch (piano). The cd also contains work by Kenneth Hesketh. Writing in The Observer, Fiona Maddocks commented: "Soprano Mary Bevan is the soloist in Causton’s powerfully sombre Threnody. His Sleep and Mozart-inspired Night Piece have taut beauty, while Non mi comporto male slides wittily and ain’t misbehavingly into Fats Waller."