Africa premiered

A song recital by Claire Booth (soprano) and Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano) for the BMIC Cutting Edge Tour on 30 January saw the world premiere of Robert’s song Africa, which sets a text by French-African poet David Diop. Hosted by Bromsgrove Concerts, the recital took place in the excellent acoustic of Bromsgrove’s Artrix arts venue. The Birmingham Post described the piece as

a fascinating depiction of post-war liberation struggles...This began with the charm of a mesmerising rocking rhythm leading to angst and passion.

The Cutting Edge Tour includes two more concerts by this duo - on 3 March at Cardiff University, and on 11 March at Cheltenham Town Hall for the Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts series.

Please see the diary pages for more details of these concerts.

More information about The Cutting Edge Tour can be found at