Composer Connects Hip Hop and Classical

Composer Connects Hip Hop and Classical

John Mayo, left, with son Christopher at  Music in the Afternoon première.
John Mayo, left, with son Christopher at Music in the Afternoon première.

Composer Christopher Mayo, whose WMCT commission Twentieth Century Ikon premièred at Music in the Afternoon last May, has made the leap from Hip Hop to Classical. His classical arrangement of Hip Hop superstar Drake’s Know Yourself was performed by members of the TSO at the 2015 Polaris Music Awards Gala in Toronto September 21.

Christopher Mayo’s WMCT commission was premièred by Ensemble Made in Canada, on May 7, 2015. His father John Mayo has for many years written the notes for Music in the Afternoon programs.

The CBC video of both Drake’s Hip Hop version and the TSO version are on Musical Toronto website here.