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Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

Sideshows Suite 2017

wind quintet

Text by Leo Geyer

Awarded Lord Mayor's Composition Prize 2017 

Written for the Magnard Ensemble and first performed on the 30th June 2017 at St. Stephen's Walbrook Church by the ensemble. 



Programme Note

Sideshows Suite is a reimagining of various acts from Geyer’s opera-ballet Sideshows with text by the poet Martin Kratz. Sideshows takes the format of an unhinged circus show with the Ringmaster conductor and his ensemble of clowns presenting weird and wonderful acts which are sung and danced and spiral out of control to hilarious effect. Sideshows has been awarded The Philip Bates Prize and has been performed over 30 times across the UK and US including two broadcasts live on BBC Radio 3. In this reimagining, the quintet takes a journey through the fringes of the circus, encountering The Clowns, The Palm Reader, The Dancing Bear, The Bearded Lady and finally end up caught in the Merry-Go-Round.


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Perusal Score

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Performance History 

30th June 2017 - Magnard Ensemble, Stephen's Walbrook Church

13th October 2017 - Magnard Ensemble, City Music Society (London) 

28th June 2018 - Magnard Ensemble, Beaminster Festival 

9th October 2018 - Magnard Ensemble, Campden Music 

29th October 2018 - Magnard Ensemble, Wigmore Hall 

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