Photo: Max McClure

A host of songbirds took up residence in a 13th Century Chapel. Every hour, a concert pianist performed music inspired by their song.

Artist Annika Kahrs invited you to take a seat amidst an audience of songbirds for an enchanting recital of one of composer Franz Liszt’s best-loved piano solos – Preaching to the Birds.

In anticipation of ‘A Concert for the Birds’ – a new temporary public work commissioned especially for Bristol Art Weekender 2014 – Kahrs, along with pianists Jean Hasse and Paul Israel talked about how and why this work was conceived, the history and legend behind the music of Franz Listz, and their thoughts on how both bird and human would respond to the installation.


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