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Joby Talbot

Publisher: Chester Music

Hovercraft (2004)
Commissioned by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra in memory of David Graves and with assistance from the Making Music/Arts Council England Special Activities Fund.
Work Notes
included as part of the ballet "Chroma"
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
5 Minutes
Programme Note
Joby Talbot Hovercraft (2004)
Hydrofoils are nothing compared to hovercrafts. They might be cheaper and more reliable
but where’s the romance in a hydrofoil? I well remember my family’s annual pilgrimage to
Pegwell Bay in the 70s to watch the hovercrafts come in from France; terrifying machines
pounding across the ocean then remorselessly surging up the beach spouting great fountains
of surf and with the noise of a thousand Lancaster bombers. Where did they all go?

Joby Talbot

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  • 09 AUG 2018
    Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Australia
    Queensland Symphony Orchestra
    Alondra De La Parra, conductor
  • 06 MAR 2018
    The Hexagon, Reading, UK
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Patrick Bailey, conductor
  • 23 DEC 2017
    Big School, Haileybury College, Hertford Heath, UK
    Hertfordshire School's Symphony Orchestra
    Rufus Frowde, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 March 2018 - Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
  • 28 FEB 2017
    Northampton, UK
    Sunderland Philharmonia Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    28,9 March - Doncaster, UK
  • 31 DEC 2010
    Laiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany
    Philharmonisches Staatsorchester
    Simone Young, conductor
  • 23 JUN 2009
    John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
    Royal Ballet

    Other Dates:
    24 June - John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
  • 12 JAN 2008
    Hovercraft Country Premiere
    Canberra Girls Grammar, Canberra, Australia
    Australian Youth Orchestra / Canberra School of Music
  • 15 OCT 2007
    Kensington Symphony Orchestra
  • 20 JAN 2007
    Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
    Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
    Kevin Field, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2006
    Covent Garden, London
    Royal Opera House Orchestra
    Richard Bernas, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18,22,27,29 November - Covent Garden, London

"The highlight was the pictographic orchestral work “Hovercraft” by Joby Talbot, who will turn forty next year. Similar to Arthur Honnegger’s “Pacific 231”, dedicated to a locomotive, Joby Talbot musically portrays the moving energy, but also the floating poise of the famous boat.”
Helmut Peters, Die Welt,03/01/2011
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