Matthew Kaner
COMPOSER

Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes

The words of Simon Armitage retell the famous story in an extended lyrical poem entwined with chamber music by composer Matthew Kaner, one of the most original voices of his generation. With shadowplay and puppetry by renowned artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Hansel & Gretel presents an evocative collection of art-forms, drawing audiences into a uneasy yet curiously familiar landscape.

Through narration, song and chamber music, audiences can expect foreboding musical landscapes where string sonorities tug at the earth and glittering sugar-highs and poignant lyricism express the heartbreak of abandonment.

Kaner’s ensemble features an unusual dark-hued collective of viola, cello, cor anglais, clarinet and horn, supplemented by the eerie childhood sounds of toy pianos, music box and toy glockenspiel led by the remarkable story-teller and soprano Adey Grummet. Suitable for ages 12+.

The tour has now finished, but you can view the video recorded live at the Barbican Centre here.