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Music of the Ether

Tuesday 28 March 2023, 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm, Pavilion Room

Hughes Hall music welcomes Charlie Draper and Paul Jackson, to present an evening of music for theremin, ondes Martenot and piano, accompanied by film.


  • Messiaen: ‘Jardin du sommeil amour’ from Turangalîla-Symphonie
  • Milhaud: Suite for ondes Martenot and piano
  • Rodney Bennett: Serenade No. 2
  • Schillinger: Mouvement
  • Valente: Complaint
  • Velonnes: Fantaisie
  • Rózsa: Spellbound Concerto
  • Fuleihan: Andantino

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About the performers

Charlie Draper
Charlie Draper performs internationally as a classical theremin and ondes Martenot player, ‘turning the instrument into the fully expressive voice it was intended to be when invented in 1920’ (Time Out). A passionate advocate for early electronic music, Charlie has recently performed as soloist at London’s Cadogan and Wigmore Halls, Glastonbury Festival, Oslo’s Opera House, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, New York’s Public Theater, Dortmund’s Konzerthalle, and Mexico’s Auditorio Metropolitano.

In 2019 he co-produced the Radio Science Orchestra’s summer tour Music out of the Moon, an audio-visual odyssey celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, presented at TEDSummit and CDI Mexico, and co-founded Retrophonica, a collective which presents immersive orchestral concerts featuring electronic instruments. Plans for 2023 include a series of recitals with pianist Paul Jackson, and recordings for several film and television productions, including Disney/Marvel’s Loki.

Paul Jackson
After studying music at UEA and City University, London, Paul Jackson undertook doctoral research on the music of the Australian composer Percy Grainger. He is Editor of The Grainger Journal and President of the Percy Grainger Society, based in New York. He has held academic posts at the Royal College of Music, the University of Hertfordshire, and ARU, where he was Head of Music and Performing Arts, and Director of Music and Performance, for 20 years.

An enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, he has commissioned and performed many new works by leading British composers. As a pianist, he has performed as a soloist, and in a number of collaborations, most recently with thereminist and ondes Martenot player Charlie Draper, and with the Mifune Tsuji Trio. As a conductor, he has a wide range of experience in orchestral, choral and operatic works, directing City University Symphony Orchestra, Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus, and the contemporary music group Anglia Sinfonia. He has also directed the opera companies Welwyn Opera and Anglia Opera, and has conducted for Opera East. He is currently Musical Director for Haslingfield Choir and Orchestra.