Matthew Kaner is a composer currently living and working in London.
Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes -
Following the sold-out premiere at Cheltenham Festival and praise in the Guardian (4* full review here), this exciting re-imagining of the famous tale has now ended its tour of the country. Created in collaboration with renowned poet Simon Armitage and artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins the work is scored for narrator-singer Adey Grummet and the Goldfield Ensemble, featured alongside live puppets, animation and shadow-puppetry.
"Armitage took his cue from the darkly imaginative illustrations by artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, who has now translated those original visions into a puppet show with new music by Matthew Kaner. In this premiere performance at the Cheltenham festival, staged by Goldfield Productions, what appeared at first to be a slight, small-scale affair in the end resonated altogether more deeply." Rian Evans for the Guardian
"Evocative and haunting story-telling by @GFEnsemble in a dark reimagining of #HanselandGretel; hypnotic words from Simon Armitage clothed in deft, transparent score by @mattkaner that conjures everything from nursery-rhymes to sugar-rush and birdsong" Dan Harding on Twitter
If you missed the tour, you can now stream the video recording here, filmed live at Milton Court in October 2018.