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Michael Parsons at 80: Music for One and Two Pianos




Michael Parsons. Photo by Anton Lukoszevieze.A tribute concert to composer Michael Parsons, featuring selections from his extensive catalogue of works for solo piano and two pianos. A key figure in English experimental music during the 1960s, Parsons was a co-founder of the legendary Scratch Orchestra, with Cornelius Cardew and Howard Skempton.

Since then, he has been active as a teacher, writer and concert programmer, alongside his career as a composer of distinctive vocal and instrumental music, often concerned with systems and formal clarity.

Parsons will be performing his own music, alongside fellow pianist-composers Makiko Nishikaze and Tim Parkinson, whose works share a similar spirit of fresh and clear investigation.


  • Michael Parsons, Rhythm Studies I for 2 pianos (1971)
  • Michael Parsons, Two Canons for piano duet (1979-80)
  • Michael Parsons, Oblique Pieces 11, 12, 13, 15, 17
  • Makiko Nishikaze, December for two pianos, three performers (2018, world premiere)
  • Tim Parkinson, untitled two pianos (1999)

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7.00pm - 8.00pmTuesday 11th December 2018

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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