Morley Festival: Planets for Pianos

Our Planets Festival began last week with the exciting premiere performance of Planets for Pianos, a new arrangement of Gustav Holst’s Planets designed for eight pianists playing on four pianos.

Planets for Pianos

Conducted by Conducting, Songwriting and Musicianship tutor Paul Sarcich, who also created the arrangement, the performance featured music tutors Michalis Angelakis, Dimitris Karydis, Eleni Mavromoustaki, Petros Moschos, Wilfrid Murray, Kate Ryder, Haruko Seki, and Nikos Stavlas as the eight pianists. Each movement was also accompanied by bespoke animations created by students from the Access to HE Diploma in Creative Digital Media, under the guidance of animation tutor Lucy Orr.

The performance took place in a packed Emma Cons Hall, and was met with a delighted and enthusiastic round of applause from the audience. Feedback from one attendee was that "the talent and passion of the pianists was evident - such complex music, outstandingly performed. I have heard The Planets on many occasions but this was one of the most memorable performances in my experience. Morley should be proud to have such talented musicians among its staff."

Congratulations to everyone involved in organising and running the performance, as well as the student animators, pianists, and Paul – a triumphant beginning to the Planets Festival indeed!

A video of the performance has been created by the Met Film School and will be made available after the Festival.