Hilda Paredes
Image credit: © Graciela Iturbide

Archived Event

Wigmore Hall Voices of Today: Hilda Paredes
Riot Ensemble
Sat 24 Feb 2024, 1.00pm
Archived Event

This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval



  • Riot Ensemble
    • Aaron Holloway-Nahumconductor
    • Nicholas Iresonhorn
    • Richard Craigflute
    • Philip Haworthoboe
    • Ausiàs Garrigósclarinet
    • Laura Vincentbassoon
    • George Bartonpercussion
    • Marie Schreerviolin I
    • Julian Azkoulviolin II
    • Stephen Upshawviola
    • Louise McMonaglecello
    • Marianne Schofielddouble bass


  1. Co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall (with the generous support of the Marchus Trust and the Wigmore Hall Endowment Fund) & Riot Ensemble


Mexican composer Hilda Paredes’s new work The Hearing Trumpet is a tribute to the British/Mexican surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. Born in Lancashire in 1917 and eventually moving to Mexico, she was revered for her refined and imaginative work, and the width and depth of her writing. Sadly, this same recognition was lacking in her home country, and she died in Mexico City in 2011.

In the score, Hilda explores several recurring ideas: 'I took the idea from her book The Hearing Trumpet, "a book about how we hear and how we don’t". The hearing trumpet being the "instrument" that can help us hear what cannot be heard. With this concept in mind the score establishes a dramatic interaction between the off-stage horn and the rest of the ensemble exploring the acoustic space at the Wigmore Hall.'

Today we will hear Hilda’s work twice: once as the opening of the concert, and once again to conclude after we journey together across the expanse that is Brian Ferneyhough’s Liber Scintellarum. Brian, too, is an artist who journeyed far from his homeland. Born in Coventry (1943), he first emigrated to Germany (1973-86) and then onward to the United States (where he still lives today).

This concert is supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund at the London Community Foundation

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