From the Pushkin Club
PUSHKIN AND GOGOL IN THE WORKS OF SHOSTAKOVICH
A talk by Gerard McBurney
THE PUSHKIN CLUB, 72 QUEENSBROUGH TERRACE, W2
Nearest undergrounds: Bayswater (District and Circle Lines),
Queensway (Central Line). Queensborough Terrace is off the Bayswater Road, a short walk from either underground though Queensway Underground is just a little nearer.
10 May. 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £4 (£3 conc.) at the door.
Tel: 0207 221 1981. www.pushkinclub.org.uk
Gerard McBurney studied composition privately with Richard Rodney Bennett and Susan Bradshaw. A British Council scholarship took him to Moscow Conservatory to study with Roman Ledenyov and Edison Denisov, with occasional private studies with Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina. He is specialist in Russian and Soviet music and has lectured at the Royal Academy of Music since 1995 and broadcast extensively. He is artistic consultant to Mark Elder at the Hallé Orchestra and also to the South Bank and the Bergen Festival. He has written dramatic works for English National Ballet, and for Complicite (run by his brother, Simon), including The Phantom Violin, The Street of Crocodiles, and Out of a House Walked a Man with the National Theatre. He has reconstructed Shostakovich theatre pieces and written for National Youth Music Theatre. Orchestral scores include music for the BBC Proms and chamber music for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Jane’s Minstrels. More recently, projects have included The Berlioz Event with Complicite and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Mozart’s Laughter with the Salzburg Festival.