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67. Inventions

18 October 2021, 17:45 - 18:45

Digital Concert Hall Click to access - watch on demand and view texts & translations

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Adam Swayne is a pianist and composer, acclaimed in particular for his interpretations of contemporary works, both as a soloist and a member of Riot Ensemble. He gives today’s second world premiere of a work by composer Tom Coult, his Gymnopédies, written during the 2020 lockdown. Adam also plays Tom Coult’s dazzling Inventions. To complete the programme he performs a new piece by Manchester-based American composer Kevin Malone; his Sudden Memorials, a commemorative work to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 that will be premiered at Wigmore Hall on 9 September this year.


An exerpt from Adam's performance in this year's Festival

Adam performing at the RNCM during the Pandemic


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The performance duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


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If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.

Artist Portrait

Adam Swayne

Adam Swayne


Adam Swayne is Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. A versatile and eclectic musician, Adam studied at the University of Manchester and the RNCM before completing his doctorate as a Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University in the U.S.A. His principal teachers were Ursula Oppens, John Gough and John Casken. Through regular concert appearances, pioneering research and new compositions, he creates and presents unfamiliar music for all kinds of people. He has been described by The Times as ‘a... Read Full Biography

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