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Red Note Ensemble – Oceans Tour

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Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm at The Ceilidh House, Arnisdale, IV40 8JH
Thursday 26 March, 7.30pm at Poolewe Village Hall, Poolewe, IV22 2LD
Friday 27 March, 7.30pm at SEALL, Ostaig House, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ

Red Note Oceans Tour

Music and Verse from the Atlantic and beyond

Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, Red Note string players Jackie Shave (violin) and Robert Irvine (cello) blend their styles with Eliza Marshall on flutes and whistles and iconic Indian tabla player/composer Kuljit Bhamra to explore the theme of ‘Oceans and Journeys’.
The musicians are joined by actor Crawford Logan in a concert integrating poetry and music of great power and beauty, performing specially written works by members of the ensemble and others.
The ensemble will tour the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, interleaving poetry from local and international poets celebrating and exploring the passions of the Oceans.

The programme will include:

Jackie Shave ‘Sea Fever’
Kuljit Bhamra ‘Indigo Sunrise’
Eliza Marshall ‘Fear A’Bhàta
Robert Irvine ‘The Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks’ (Neruda)
Jackie Shave ‘Machair to Myrrh’
Irvine/Bhamra ‘Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’
Marshall ‘Lord Franklin’s Lament’
Bhamra/Marshall ‘Billy Bhangra’s voyage’ (drowning and reincarnation)
Poems and text from Mackay-Brown, Elliot, Neruda and Scottish writers

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Red Priest: Truly Madly Baroque

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Tuesday 25 February, 8.00pm at The Stables, Wavendon

After their recent foray into the world of gypsy music with their classical-chart-topping Baroque Bohemians project, Red Priest return to theirorigins with a stunning concert of baroque classics, arranged and performed with their trademark energy, virtuosity and (in the best baroque sense) madness!

The programme includes works by Bach, Vivaldi and Albinoni.

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ReNew: Extinction Events with the Riot Ensemble

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Friday 14 February 2020 at 8.00pm, Kings Place, London, N1 9AG

Aaron Holloway-Nahum

The inaugural concert of Riot Ensemble’s ReNEW series at Kings Place, bringing the cream of international contemporary music on to the Hall One stage.

‘Every aesthetic trace, every footprint of an object, sparkles with absence. Sensual things are elegies to the disappearance of objects.’ Realist Magic, Timothy Morton

Liza Lim’s Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus aspire to ‘make a music out of relics of the past’, which here range from Janacek to the last-ever heard mating call of the now-extinct Kauai O’o bird. Aaron Holloway-Nahum’s Like a Memory of Birds (ii) is also about degradation and loss, filtering a familiar melodic line through an alien soundscape until it disintegrates and disappears. Meanwhile, Ctrl by Laurence Osborn, which features Sarah Dacey’s soprano filtered through an auto-tune pedal, examines themes of masculinity and violence.

Aaron Holloway-Nahum Like a memory of birds (ii)
Liza Lim Extinction events and dawn chorus
Laurence Osborn CTRL

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Psappha – Songs of the World

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Thursday 28 November, 7.30pm at Halle St Peter’s, Manchester
Songs of the World - Psappha

Programme

Webern String Quartet, Op.28
Cheryl Frances-Hoad The Whole Earth Dances
Athanasia Kontou After Psappha
Alissa Firsova Songs of the World world premiere
Lutyens The Valley of Hatsu-Se
Schoenberg, arr. Webern Chamber Symphony No.1

Overview

The first concert at the newly renovated Hallé St Peter’s features a Psappha commission inspired by the Vienna of a century ago. Alissa Firsova’s Songs of the World sets three poems by Hugo van Hofmannsthal – a contemporary of Anton Webern, whose abstract but gripping String Quartet and masterful arrangement of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony both feature tonight. Poetry also provides the inspiration for Elizabeth Lutyens’ rarely-heard The Valley of Hatsu-Se, which draws on Japanese texts, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s more recent The Whole Earth Dances, inspired in part by Ted Hughes.

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Daisy Brown Soprano

Into the Music at 6.40pm (Free to ticket-holders)
Alissa Firsova and Athanasia Kontou join Tim Williams and the RNCM’s Douglas Jarman to introduce tonight’s concert.

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Noisy Nights with Red Note Ensemble

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Wednesday 20 November, 8.00pm at The Drake, 1 Lynedoch St., Glasgow – G3 6EF, United Kingdom
Noisy-Nights-2019-Announcement

Noisy Nights returns to Glasgow!

They’re a place to meet music-lovers, curious minds, musicians, composers and artists in an informal space and hear some of the best examples of brand new music while having a beer. They’re fun, free and your chance to listen to the musicians of Red Note.

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Red Note Ensemble premier new works

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Saturday 26 October 2019, 12.00pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, 28 King Street, AB24 5AX
Red Note Ensemble at Sound Festival
Sergio Vega Dominguez (oboe) and Martin Storey (cello) from Red Note premiere five new works for oboe and cello developed by Scotland based composers Andrew Blair, Kevin Leomo, Gillian Walker, Ewan Mackay and Harry Gorski-Brown during a residential composers’ development weekend in Aberdeenshire.
 
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Hebrides Ensemble at Edinburgh Book Festival

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Monday 26th August at 8.30pm, New York Times Main Theatre, Book Festival Village, Edinburgh
hebrides ensemble book festival

We may remember the first line of a novel, but what about the last? In this celebration of great endings to close the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hebrides Ensemble have challenged composers Linda Buckley, Matthew Grouse, James MacMillan, Pàdruig Morrison and Gareth Williams to respond musically to favourite last lines from novels, submitted by members of the public. Hear an exclusive live performance from the Ensemble as you learn which nine lines have been chosen.

Catherine Backhouse Mezzo-soprano
Yann Ghiro Clarinet
Zoë Beyers Violin
William Conway Cello

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Hebrides Ensemble at Pianodrome

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Saturday 17th August at 3.00pm and 7.00pm, Pianodrome, Pitt Street Market, Edinburgh
Hebrides Ensemble Edinburgh Fringe

Hebrides Ensemble are delighted to be performing two concerts at this amazing venue during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Pianodrome is the world’s first 100-seater amphitheatre constructed entirely from up-cycled pianos!

The performances take place at 3pm and at 7pm.
 
 

Zoë Beyers Violin
William Conway Cello
Huw Watkins Piano

Janáček Dumka
Osborne The Piano Tuner
Dvořák Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)

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Psappha perform Panopticon

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Sunday July 14th 2019, 4:00pm, Mortimer Suite, Hull City Hall
psappha panopticon
Programme

David Fennessy – Panopticon

Event information
The 17-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

Overview
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha. Every attack on the string of the instrument has a consequence on the rest of the players. Each beat triggers a ripple, much like a stone dropped into a still lake, which eventually reaches the strings: they reflect and magnify its effects. The cimbalom also governs pulse and dynamic and, through its careful exploration of the natural harmonics available on its lowest string, plots the entire course of the piece. The word ‘panopticon’ is usually associated with an 18th-century design concept for a circular prison. Cells were arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could be observed at all times.

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Exaudi: City Summer Sounds Festival

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Wednesday 22 May at 7.00pm, College Building, UCL, London
Exaudi

City University ensemble-in-residence, EXAUDI, return for their annual concert of premieres by City Postgraduate and Undergraduate composers.

The students respond to EXAUDI’s Madrigal Project, in which the group brings together classics from the Italian Renaissance through to the present. The results exploit the full range of EXAUDI’s virtuoso vocality to ask the question: what does it mean to write a Madrigal today?
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Chroma – Awakening

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Tuesday 23 April, 7.30pm St John, Maddermarket, Norwich

Liam Byrne
A feast of Renaissance and contemporary music performed by Stuart King (clarinet), Clare O’Connell (cello) and superstar viola da gamba player Liam Byrne, with visuals from Claire Shovelton.

More than just a concert, Awakening seamlessly weaves together music from experimental composers both ancient and modern; the gamba, cello and clarinet creating a uniquely rich sonic experience, linked by electronic episodes and enhanced by Claire Shovelton’s imagery, to immerse you in a transcendental, transformative world.

Music will include works from Nico Muhly, Pierre de la Rue, Christopher Tye and Alexander Agricola with three new CHROMA commissions from outstanding composers Freya Waley Cohen, Rubens Askenar and David Bruce.

The concert lasts approx one hour with no interval.

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£15/£12 concessions (CHROMA Friends £13/£10)
under 18s free, subject to availability.

Chroma – a hum about mine ears

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Saturday 16 February, 7.30pm at Town Hall, Berkhamsted
Clara Sanabras

Presenting international chanteuse Clara Sanabras singing her evocative and deeply moving Songs of Exile, and her version of Shakespeare’s Tempest with CHROMA and Vox Holloway Chamber Choir directed by Harvey Brough. Performed at the Barbican to great acclaim, this promises to be an evening of sublime magic.

TICKETS: £20/£18 Concs
CHROMA Going Steady/ Confetti Friends £19/£17 under 18s FREE subject to availability

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Seventh London Festival of American Music

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24th February to 2nd March all at 7.30pm, The Warehouse, Theed Street, London SE1
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Lontano’s Biennial Festival – created in 2006 – explores and celebrates the work of major American composers and reflects the variety of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music today. The festival programme was put together by Lontano’s Music Director Odaline de la Martinez, one of Britain’s most dynamic and gifted musicians and the first woman to conduct a complete BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. This year’s festival celebrates American Diversity featuring not only American Women Composers, but also American Composers of Colour. The Festival also celebrates Odaline de la Martinez’s 70th birthday with the World Premiere her opera Imoinda – A Story of Love and Slavery.

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Space Time Sounds

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Monday 12 November 2018 at 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, Clifton, Bristol

Space Time Sounds
performed by Gemini:
Sarah Leonard – soprano
Ian Mitchell – clarinet and bass clarinet
Joby Burgess – percussion

Music by the Severnside Composers Alliance
Caradon, D’Angelo, Greenhorne, Harvey, Hasse, Laycock, Metzger, Nickol, Palmer, Poole

Tickets £10 (£8) students & under-16s free.

21st London New Wind Festival

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Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7.00pm, Burgh House, Hampstead, London

Jennifer Fowler

The 21st London New Wind Festival features music by Jennifer Fowler, Hugh Shrapnel and Paul Patterson.

Simon Desorgher – flutes
Catherine Plugyers – oboe
Phil Edwards – clarinet
Henryk Sienkiewicz – horn
Glynn Williams – bassoon
Alan Tomlinson – trombone
Robert Coleridge – piano
David Sutton-Anderson – conductor

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A Future for British Music – Bristol Ensemble

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23rd September 2018, 6:30 pm, St George’s Bristol, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
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Bristol Ensemble
John Pickard Conductor

Hannah Kendall Processional [pictured]
Sadie Harrison Coretta
Andy Keenan For Boola
Graham Fitkin Ardent

New pieces by composers from the Young Composers’ Academy and shortlisted pieces from the NMSW Young Composers’ Prize 2018

The Young Composers’ Academy (YCA) and New Music in the South West help to invigorate the region’s new music scene whilst creating inspiring opportunities for its most talented young composers. Hear Bristol Ensemble performing great new music by the region’s best young composers, alongside recent repertoire classics and music specially commissioned to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Tickets £12, £8 concessions

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NMSW Season Finale & the St George’s Young Composers’ Academy Showcase

The Emperor of Atlantis

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 – Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7:30pm, Peckham (London) Multi-Storey Car Park

Atlantis-Skyline

Bold Tendencies with Polly Graham, and her recently formed company, Loud Crowd,

are bringing a new opera programme to Peckham, beginning in 2018 with Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, an opera about the need for humans to respect death. The megalomaniac Emperor has declared a war that will only end when there are no survivors left. Death, an old tramp, is outraged that a mortal should try to steal his job and goes on strike. The war begins but panic sets in as no one can die. The Living Dead walk the earth. The Emperor’s power weakens. He submits to the greater power of Death, and dies. Originally written in the concentration camp at Terezin in 1943 as a satire of the Nazi regime, this project proposes to re-read the piece as a prophecy for our time, presenting it within the context of current political debates about nuclear warfare, the migration crisis, climate change and the value of life in relation to power, always with a flavour of satire and clowning. The sound world of the opera is cartoonish and accessible, its collage style mixes jazz with chamber music and cabaret.

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August Premieres – Emma-Ruth Richards

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Monday 20th August 2018 at 10.00pm, Stoller Hall, Manchester
Emma-Ruth Richards

Zelkova Quartet: Caroline Pether, Alex Mitchell, Ed Pether, Jonathan Pether
Dominic Degavino – piano
Alex Roberts – clarinet
Stella Tahtinen – soprano
Dominic Ciccotti – piano
Meera Maharaj – flute
Lucy Nolan – harp

 
 
Emma-Ruth RICHARDS
Ikon for solo clarinet (2013)
Piranesi’s Fantasies for solo piano (2010)
Perpetual Becomings, After Gormley for solo flute and ensemble (2016, world première)
In Aer, 6 Little Songs for soprano and piano (2010)

This is the second recital of music by composer in residence Emma-Ruth Richards. The performance includes a world première of Perpetual Becomings, After Gormley for solo flute and ensemble.

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John Adams: The Wound-Dresser

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Saturday 28 April 2018, Barbican, London at 7.30pm

The BBC Singers perform Ravel, Adams, Vaughan Williams and Harris (UK premiere)

Programme

Maurice Ravel
Le tombeau de Couperin
John Adams
The Wound-Dresser
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ross Harris
Face

 

Allison Bell – soprano
James Way – tenor
Marcus Farnsworth – baritone
BBC Singers
Gergely Madaras – conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra

The role of those who care for the injured provides the theme: Ralph Vaughan Williams, like Maurice Ravel, was too old to serve in the First World War but he volunteered as a stretcher bearer while the Frenchman drove munitions lorries behind the lines, putting himself in extreme danger. His Le tombeau de Couperin remembers friends killed in the First World War.

John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, for baritone and orchestra, sets words by Walt Whitman who tended the wounded in battle, while Ross Harris’s celebrates the work of fellow New Zealander, the plastic surgeon Harold Gillies who pioneered facial reconstruction and contributed to the rehabilitation of thousands of servicemen.

Face, receiving its UK premiere is a work for soloists, chorus and orchestra with projections.

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A Wonderful Day

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Friday 20 April 2018, Stoller Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 7.30pm

Psappha in Performance

Programme
Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day
Fausto Romitelli Amok Koma
Mike Walker Autonomy (World première)*
Steven Mackey Deal

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Mike Walker Electric guitar
Iain Dixon Reeds
Mike Smith Drums
Psappha Ensemble
Overview

Psappha explores the connections between jazz, rock and classical. The centerpiece is a new work by the renowned jazz guitarist and composer Mike Walker. Psappha is joined by Mike and reeds player Iain Dixon in a piece that combines classical music with the improvisation and rhythmic drive of jazz. Mike also joins us as the soloist in Steven Mackey’s Deal, which intertwines rock and classical.

Romitelli’s palindromic work draws inspiration from German punk rock while Clyne’s A Wonderful Day features a recording of a Chicago street musician whose natrural, slow voice conveys a sense of both joy and struggle.

*Mike Walker’s new work is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

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