Thursday 24 Oct 2019, 6pmPurcell Room, London

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Jonathan Berman conductor

Gérard Pesson Branle du PoitouUK Premiere

Gérard Pesson 6 Transformations du menuet K.355 de MozartUK premiere

Gérard Pesson Carmagnole pour ensembleUK premiere

Feel the groove: catchy, witty, and filled with infectious rhythms, the musical world of Gérard Pesson delights and intrigues in equal measure.

His 6 Transformations du menuet K.355 de Mozart are a perfect showcase of his enigmatic style that reframes musical ‘found objects’ – here, he builds on Mozart’s original Minuet, painting six scenes that pay affectionate homage to the music that inspired him, filled with laugh-out-loud humour, genuine charm, and delicate moments that sparkle across the entire ensemble.

Even more subversive, Carmagnole takes the popular song from the French Revolution – which sarcastically mocks the monarchy, accompanied by a raucous dance – and creates a driving, rhythmic world of percussive effects and energetic syncopations, led in particular by the versatile sounds of the guitar.

But to open the programme, enjoy Pesson’s colourful reimagining of the Renaissance-era Branle du Poitou dance, arranged for piano and small ensemble.



  • Tickets: This concert is FREE but ticketed
  • Running time: 45 minutes, no interval
  • Concert programme: Free programmes are available upon entry
  • Drinks: You can take drinks from the bar into this evening's performance
  • After the concert: Elim Chan conducts Britten, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
  • Please note: Jonathan Berman replaces Kwamé Ryan, who was originally advertised to conduct this performance​

This concert is part of the Music of Today series