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Events Category: British Composers

Psappha! – First and Final Frontiers

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Categories: British Composers, Concerts, New Work
Tags: adam gorb, jamie phillips, psappha ensemble

Friday October 8th 2021, 7:00pm at Hallé St Peter’s

Thrilling new works by young British composers introduce Psappha’s 30th-birthday season – Tim Williams’ last as Artistic Director. Psappha launches its 30th-anniversary season with a typically adventurous programme celebrating the possibilities of new music – and the fearless brilliance of young British composers.

 
 
Programme

Adam Gorb Kol Simcha Suite
Philip Rousiamanis The Sun, the Moon and their lobster children World premiere
Nina Whiteman The Galaxy Rotation Problem
Bofan Ma vibrato/scratch lottery/vegetable soup World premiere
Tom Coult Two Games and a Nocturne
Michael Betteridge Grind World premiere
Tom Harrold Dark Dance

Jamie Phillips Conductor
With Psappha Conrad Marshall, Dov Goldberg, Benjamin Powell, Tim Williams, Michael Harper, Delia Stephens, Benedict Holland, Heather Wallington and Jennifer Langridge

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Red Note at Huddersfield

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Categories: British Composers, Experimental, Festivals, New Work
Tags: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, James Dillon, Red Note Ensemble

Friday 19 November, 13.00 at Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation Street, Huddersfield
red note at huddersfield
Red Note returns to hcmf// in November 2021 for the world premiere of James Dillon’s Emblemata:Carnival alongside works by Luke Styles and Aileen Sweeney.

Red Note has been a prominent purveyor of James Dillon’s work for the last decade, bringing premieres of his large-scale works to the festival in 2013, and then again in 2017. Their continuous relationship with the composer is palpable: performing his seemingly insurmountable music with poise, carrying it carefully while also conveying its fragile breaking point. In this concert, they deliver the world premiere of his immense new work Emblemata: Carnival.

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Red Note delivers Dillon’s new composition alongside music from Luke Styles, who describes his new piece Five Phase Sphere as ‘abstract, with no programme whatsoever’. Written more for the instrumentation it uses than for any narrative reason, it comes from a place of unbridled intuition, focusing on resonances and combinations. Its title is a candid explanation of the material: five phases, musically connected, orbiting in a sphere. Red Note completes the programme with a new work from emerging Scottish composer Aileen Sweeney, an accordionist who uses her folk roots as a vessel for protesting the growing social inequalities in our environment.

James Dillon EMBLEMATA: Carnival (World Premiere)
Luke Styles Five Phase Sphere (UK Premiere)*
Aileen Sweeney The Land Under the Wave (World Premiere)

Red Note Ensemble
Ruth Morley, flute
Will White, clarinet
Tom Hunter, percussion
Simon Smith, piano
David Alberman, violin
Tom Hankey, viola
Robert Irvine, cello
Iain Crawford, double bass

Geoffrey Paterson Conductor

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Music for Body, Mind and Soul

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Categories: British Composers, Broadcasts, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Brenda Blewett, Geraldine Allen, Home-Stage, Music for Body Mind and Soul, sarah rodgers

Friday 4 February, 7.00pm, YouTube premiere broadcast
Music for body, mind and soul

Follow this four part series on deeper listening, commissioned and promoted by Norfolk-based arts and well-being organisation, Home Stage. Geraldine Allen and Sarah Rodgers guide you through a process to enhance your listening experience with music by British composers. The first programme features Spanish Sonata composed by Sarah Rodgers for Geraldine Allen (clarinet) and performed here with Brenda Blewett (piano).

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Music for Body, Mind and Soul – Telling the story

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Categories: British Composers, Broadcasts, Concerts, Women musicians
Tags: Brenda Blewett, Geraldine Allen, Music for Body Mind and Soul, sarah rodgers

Friday 11 February, 7.00pm, YouTube premiere broadcast
Music for body, mind and soul

Part two of this four part series on deeper listening, commissioned and promoted by Norfolk-based arts and well-being organisation, Home Stage. Geraldine Allen and Sarah Rodgers guide you through a process to enhance your listening experience with music by British composers. The second programme features works by William Lloyd-Webber, Edward German and Arthur Bliss each with their own story to tell. The performances are by Geraldine Allen (clarinet) and Brenda Blewett (piano).

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Romantic Rhapsody with the Bristol Ensemble

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Categories: British Composers, Choral, Concerts, Festivals, Song
Tags: bristol ensemble, film music, st george's bristol

Monday 14 February 2022, 7.30pm at St George’s, Bristol
bristol ensemble

The Bristol Ensemble
Roger Huckle conductor/ violin
Kat Kleve soprano
Howie Michaels singer

Morricone Cinema Paradiso Love Theme
Nigel Hess Ladies in Lavender Main Theme
Einaudi Love is a mystery
Dvorak Humoresque
Shostakovich Waltz No.2
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Fauré Après un rêve
Beethoven Für Elise
Elgar Salut d’amour
Shostakovich Romance
Jarre / Webster Doctor Zhivago – Somewhere My Love
Rota Love theme from Romeo and Juliet
Leonard Cohen Dance Me to the End of Love
Weiss /Creatore /Peretti Can’t help falling in love
Kern / Hammerstein Can’t help lovin’ dat man
Mancini / Mercer Moon River
Piazzolla Libertango
Monti Czárdás

For one night only, allow yourself to be swept off your feet for an evening of passion and drama from the world of classical and film music. Promising to be a Valentine’s Day to remember, this concert brings you outstanding romantic melodies, poignant songs and exquisite music from some of the world’s favourite romantic composers, all beautifully performed within the intimate surroundings of St George’s Bristol.

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Celebrating 30 years of Psappha

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Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Experimental, Women musicians

Friday, 11 March, 7.30pm at Square Chapel, Halifax

Kate Whitley Three Pieces for Violin & Piano
Berg Piano Sonata op. 1
Mark-Anthony Turnage Slide Stride
Shostakovitch Piano Quintet

With Psappha
Benjamin Powell, Benedict Holland, Sophie Rosa, Heather Wallington and Jennifer Langridge

The Piano Quintet by Dmitri Shostakovich is one of his most loved chamber works. Music that looks back to the famous chamber-music masterpieces of the romantic age and often glances towards Bach, while at the same time speaking a language of its own, of unusual purity and plainness. Berg’s compelling piano sonata was completed in the year he finished his formal studies with Arnold Schoenberg, and first performed in Vienna in 1911. Psappha’s Patron Mark-Anthony Turnage pays electrifying tribute to American stride piano pioneer James P Johnson and to begin, a piece by one of Britain’s most exciting young composers: a trio of short duets by Kate Whitley, founder of London’s fabulous Multi-Story Orchestra.

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Psappha – The Last Island

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Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Experimental, New Work
Tags: Maxwell Davies, psappha

Thursday 31 March 2022, 7:00pm at Hallé St Peter’s

Ben Gaunt All the Castles I Have Ever Loved World premiere, Psappha commission
Derri Joseph Lewis …BREATHE… World premiere
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Sola
Lisa Robertson New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Nina Danon New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Electra Perivolaris New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Athanasia Kontou New work World premiere, Psappha commission
Peter Maxwell Davies The Last Island

Mark Heron Conductor
Tom McKinney Guitar
With Psappha
Benedict Holland, Zoë Beyers, Alex Mitchell, Alistair Vennart, Jennifer Langridge and Petr Prause

Tim Williams’ final Manchester concert as Psappha’s Artistic Director pays emotional homage to the late Peter Maxwell Davies, the British composer whose music was the group’s original inspiration, and to the wild, untamed land that Max came to call his home.

The Last Island paints a haunting picture of Orkney in all its mysterious isolation. It’s performed tonight alongside four new works inspired by it, written especially for tonight’s concert by four brilliant young composers and accompanied by new films shot by Tim Williams across Orkney in summer 2021.

The concert begins with world premieres from Ben Gaunt, written for Psappha, and Derri Joseph Lewis, composed for guitarist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom McKinney – and continues with Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Sola, a mesmerising and atmospheric new concerto-of-sorts for viola and electronics.

Tonight’s concert will last around 75 minutes with no interval, ending around 8.15pm.

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Bristol Ensemble – Voices for Life: Stardust Oratorio

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Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Educational, Family, Festivals, New Work

Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June, 7.30pm at Bath Abbey

Stardust

Jools Scott and Sue Curtis Stardust Oratorio
Directed by Francis Faux
Jon Monie presenter

Following the hugely successful 2021 premiere of Stardust, Voices for Life returns to take you on this musical journey through space written by Jools Scott and Sue Curtis.

200 local primary school children will perform accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble, narrated by Jon Monie and directed by Francis Faux.

The concert will include the premiere of We Are Every Child, a new Voices for Life commission written by Francis Faux and Jamila Gavin in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.

“The musical arrangement was excellent – first class. We were delighted to be able to support this event. To see the children take part in such a wonderful concert in such a great venue must have been a real treat for all. Well done on a great job!” The Roper Family Trust, 2021

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Psappha – Composing for Cello and Percussion

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Categories: British Composers, Experimental, Free, Live stream, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: psappha ensemble

Tuesday 12 July, 8.30pm – YouTube premiere.

Stephen Balfour My Head is Spinning
Xia-Leon Sloane carved by birds and blizzards…
Litha Efthymiou Synchrony
Robert Crehan TOGETHER, NOT TOGETHER
Isa Gibbs HORA AUREA
Niahm O’Donnell Hear Me, See Me

Six brand new works for cello and percussion performed by Jennifer Langridge and Tim Williams and created through Psappha’s 2021-22 Composing for Cello and Percussion scheme.

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Psappha – Look Both Ways

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Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Experimental, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: cheltenham festival, psappha ensemble

Saturday 16 July, 5.00pm at Pitville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE.

Jeffrey Mumford undiluted days UK Premiere
Claire Victoria Roberts Like ships adrift World Premiere
Conor Mitchell Look Both Ways World Premiere
Odetta arr. by Bobbie-Jane Gardner Hit or Miss World Premiere

Tenor Ed Lyon
Baritone Richard Burkhard
With Psappha Benedict Holland, Jennifer Langridge, and Benjamin Powell

Four genre-defying composers dive into the intricacies of love and identity. Characterising a life resonant with wonderful possibilities, Jeffrey Mumford’s piano trio receives its UK premiere. Belfast’s busiest composer Conor Mitchell has turned Britten and Pears’s love letters into astonishing songs that swing from tender to silly, in which high art collides with the pizazz of Broadway. Composer-performer Claire Victoria Roberts’s miniatures are inspired by the intimate letters between Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya; and “one of the most exciting figures on the dynamic Birmingham new music scene,” Bobbie-Jane Gardner delivers a stomping arrangement of Odetta’s iconic 1970s song: Hit or Miss.

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