March 2020 brings the world premiere tour of Emma-Ruth Richard’s cello duet Until a Reservoir No Longer Remains with dates in London, Halifax and Manchester. The work takes inspiration from novelist Max Porter’s Grief Is The Thing With Feathers in which the shock of sudden bereavement for a father and his two young children places them in a numbed state, until the intervention of a winged creature, Crow.
“I plucked one jet feather from my hood and left it on his forehead – for a souvenir,
for a warning, for a lick of night in the morning. […] He woke up and didn’t see me
against the blackness of his trauma.”
Emma-Ruth Richards says having read Porter’s book several times
I was gripped by his language in describing the sheer intensity of human grief and how the Crow ‘consumes’ grief: “We can do things other characters can’t, like eat sorrow.” This piece starts with an intense but hushed, contained, ‘scream’ as if it is trapped in the belly of the mind. The tension between the two cellos is paramount in depicting the sense of trauma being compressed into the smallest of places. It is forcibly contained until eventually something breaks, and the blackness is unleashed.
World Premiere Tour Dates
Saturday 7 March, Royal Academy of Music, London
Friday 13 March, Red Brick Auditorium, Halifax Philharmonic Club
Saturday 14 March, Stoller Hall, Manchester
Sunday 15 March, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, International Chamber Music Series