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Friday 10 February 2023, 8pm

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James McVinnie Ensemble: Glassworks

James McVinnie Ensemble: Glassworks

Presented by Saffron Hall

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Acclaimed keyboardist James McVinnie and his ensemble explore Philip Glass' mesmeric masterpiece Glassworks.

Phillip Glass is a composer of epic operas and film scores as well as works for the concert hall and so transcends the world of contemporary classical music. His mesmeric 40-minute work for mixed ensemble Glassworks was, in the composer’s own words, “intended to introduce my music to a more general audience than had been familiar with it up to then” and it has become a cult classic. With its trademark repeated riffs, overlapping patterns and glittering sonorities it has an inexorable momentum and a pulsating energy.

James McVinnie Ensemble is a collective of virtuoso keyboardists dedicated to exploring work preoccupied with political themes by contemporary and emerging composers. The ensemble’s roots go back to 2017 with a performance at London’s Barbican Centre of Music in Twelve Parts by Philip Glass– the only performance in the piece’s history given by anyone other than the Philip Glass Ensemble.

The group launched in its current incarnation in 2021 with composer portraits of John Adams, Philip Glass & Gabriella Smith at Bold Tendencies. In November they gave the world premiere of Chris P Thompson’s True Stories & Rational Numbers and a new arrangement of Philip Glass’s seminal Glassworks to a capacity crowd at London’s Barbican Centre.



Performance information

Running time

1 hour 40 minutes

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is not part of our Ten for £10 scheme.

Programme and performers


  • Philip Glass Glassworks
  • Meredith Monk Ellis Island
  • Meredith Monk Obsolete Objects
  • Meredith Monk urban march
  • Chris P Thompson Anna
  • Chris P Thompson Fractionally-Souled Beasts
  • Chris P Thompson Five 'Til
  • Chris P Thompson Splitting

Information for your visit

Friday 10 February 2023, 8pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Additional information


For this event, drinks are not allowed in the auditorium.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Booster seats not available

Buggy parking not available

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