As part of the UK-Russia Year of Music, Paraorchestra presents The Anatomy of the Orchestra: Refractions and Abstractions at Garage, Moscow.

Taking The Anatomy of the Orchestra – which was first presented by Bristol Music Trust at Colston Hall in 2018 – as a starting point, Refractions and Abstractions explored the centuries-old yet wild panache of Baroque composer JS Bach, and an abstracted, modern, and jaw-dropping reimagining of ancient musical form by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, coupled with other modern reflections—or refractions—on these long-past musical worlds by contemporary composers Nico Muhly and Peter Maxwell Davies.

Part concert-part installation, audiences were invited to wander the ensemble, creating their own sonic mix, getting up close and personal with musicians as they played.

Led by conductor Charles Hazlewood and performed by musicians from Paraorchestra playing a mix of traditional and electronic instruments, this world premiere was a 360-degree feast for the eyes and ears.

Anatomy of the Orchestra: Refractions and Abstractions was performed in the Museum Atrium, Garage, Moscow on 7th and 8th February.


Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major – J. S. Bach BMV 1048
This is the Record of John – Orlando Gibbons/Nico Muhly
Two Preludes and Fugues (in C sharp minor and C sharp major) – J.S. Bach/Peter Maxwell Davies
Hoketus – Louis Andriessen

The event is part of the UK-Russia Year of Music programme conducted by the British Embassy in Moscow with the support of the British Council.