Brudenell Presents...

Simeon Walker

Live: In The Round + Liz Hanks

Prolific UK-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene, regularly performing and touring across the UK and Europe. He has supported a variety of artists including Neil Cowley, LYR, Submotion Orchestra, S. Carey, Loscil, Erland Cooper & Niklas Paschburg, and performed notable live sets at Latitude & Timber Festivals. 

His music is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC 6Music, Classic FM, Scala Radio, KEXP & Soho Radio, with his music receiving listening figures in excess of 30 million streams across platforms, and a recent release, ‘Reverie’, featuring on the first official Piano Day compilation by the LEITER label, alongside Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and Chilly Gonzales. He also founded and continues to curate Brudenell Piano Sessions: an intimate and varied live music series highlighting the diverse music being composed and performed on the piano, hosted at Leeds’ iconic Brudenell Social Club. 

Simeon’s recent work represents a return to the introspective piano-based instrumentals that first thrust him into the limelight. His new EP series ‘Imprints’ features a set of piano miniatures representing everyday fleeting moments; brief snapshots in time, centred on conveying the emotions and feelings experienced during the lockdowns of recent years, whilst highlighting the desire to be outside and out in the open. 

His music and live performances reflect the extremes of human experience - gentle, calm and still at times; powerful, boisterous and flowing at others, with the aim of breaking down the barrier between performer and audience, creating the opportunity for real, genuine connection through music, not just through idle, passive listening, but in meaningful, engaged participation. Listeners are invited to find stillness, beauty and meaning as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves, as musical stories are woven with each passionate, intimate performance. 

Liz Hanks is a cellist, composer and collaborator based in Sheffield. She has worked with an impressive and varied array of high-profile artists  including performing and recording with Richard Hawley, Liam Gallagher, Pulp, Thea Gilmore, Martin Simpson and Leeds' own Jasdeep Singh Degun.  She is also in demand as a session musician and has recorded on many soundtracks for Disney+, Netflix, Channel 4 and the BBC. 
Her debut solo album 'Land' (released on Hudson Records) draws on her influences throughout her career; minimalism, folk, Indian classical music and improvisation whilst remaining heavily rooted in her local landscape.  Using cello and field recordings Liz has created a sound worlds exploring the local and natural history of her local area in Sheffield.  The music focuses on the loss of nature in the urban environment and forgotten natural worlds, whilst celebrating the green spaces that remain.  Having received plays on the Unclassified, Late Junction and Breakfast shows on BBC Radio 3 and The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2, the album has been described as ‘stunning’ by Elizabeth Alker, ‘really intriguing’ by Mark Radcliffe and as ‘an immersive album of depth and subtlety’ by Folk Radio UK.

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Sunday 10th December 2023

Price: £10 adv

Doors 19:30

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