Melvyn Tan

We went to a small concert performance by Melvyn Tan in Ravenscourt Park, the scene of the first telephone call from Brown’s.   He played Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op 7, followed by a series of short pieces based on Bist du bei mir composed in honour of Judith Serota when she stood down as Director of the Spitalfields Festival, together with several more which Melvyn himself had commissioned, two of which were being played for the first time in the composers’ presence.   It began with a piece by Judith Weir and included work by Peter Maxwell Davies and Richard Rodney Bennett, each a small distillation of the composer’s style, variously allusive and atonal, played with flourish:

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