American classical composer visits Birley

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Critically-acclaimed American classical composer, Richard Einhorn, heads for Eastbourne next month to talk about his career and play some of his work.

The New York-based musician will hosting ‘An Audience with Richard Einhorn’ at the Birley Centre on Sunday, October 6.

Richard, who suddenly lost some of his hearing three years ago, will feature in the town at the same time as an international hearing loop conference at the Winter Gardens, organised by the charity Hearing Link.

Looking forward to visiting Eastbourne, Richard said, “I am a loop advocate in the United States who has been featured in major media such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

“I’m very excited to meet with others around the world to exchange ideas and catch up on any new technology and will give a public talk while I am there.”

It was in the summer of 2010 when the musician’s life changed dramatically and transformed his outlook on his career.

“I unexpectedly lost the use of my right ear entirely due to Sudden Sensorineural Hearing loss,” he recalled.

“My left ear is down about 70 per cent and I use a hearing aid. Since aids are not very effective in concert halls or noisy environments like restaurants, I have learned about various techniques to be able to hear reasonably well.

“One of the most important technologies, of course, are hearing loops. I have also developed ways to use a smartphone as a very effective hearing device, which I use in theatres whenever loops are unavailable.”

At the Eastbourne evening, Richard will talk about his life, his world in music, and his own personal journey of how he continued to compose after experiencing sudden hearing loss. He will also entertain with a selection from his musical catalogue. He is best known for his composition, ‘Voices of Light’ - performed last year by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.

It has been acclaimed as ‘a great masterpiece of contemporary music’ which is an oratorio set to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’.

It has been performed more than 200 times by orchestras all over the world.

Richard, who has composed many film scores and concert works, is currently working on a number of exciting projects including settings of Robert Burns and Shakespeare songs, an opera based on a Bernard Malamud short story, and a major work for a symphony orchestra. He has just been commissioned by the National Cathedral in Washington, DC for a new piece for their Christmas services this year.

An ‘Audience with Richard Einhorn’ at the Birley Centre starts 7.30pm. Tickets, £15, avaiable from www.hearinglink.org/richard-einhorn, on 0300 111 1113 or from the Birley Centre box office.