THE FIRE WILL BLAZE AGAIN
. . . the evening’s high point. The Fire Will Blaze Again sets poems by Vaughan Jones that apply Christian imagery to events in East Timor. The music, taut, lyrical and open-hearted, focuses on prayer rather than horror, and builds to an affecting affirmation in the face of hopelessness. . .Robert Maycock, The Independent
. . . melodically beautiful. The atmosphere is evoked by the mode, smoothly flowing quavers and the use of harmonics. . . Double Bassist
THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER
Rodgers is clearly a fine composer with a sincerity especially welcome these days. Classic CD
The three movements are well contrasted, containing some effective clarinet writing . . . this work will be a good addition to the repertoire . . .
Angela Fussell, CASS Magazine
SURFING / INTERACTIVE
Sarah Rodgers’ work . . . energy and excitement
Gordon Lewin, CASS Magazine
It is full of rhythmic teases, giving it great vitality. This is a very impressive work, substantial and enjoyable.
Gordon Egerton, Music Teacher Magazine
It’s an exciting, fresh and imaginative piece written with a great sense of style and confidence. It’s the most inspiring concert item for the instrument I’ve come across in ages and is highly recommended.
Robin de Smet, Music Business
A moving and impressive piece of writing . . . an unusual sense of movement and improvisation
Georgina Dobree, CASS Magazine
There was a real feeling of celebration about the concert which was greatly appreciated by the audience.
Eastern Orchestral Board Notes and News
Dear Sarah Rodgers,
I have just returned home after your magical concert at Coalville. It was a unique and wonderful concert and I feel I am expressing the majority emotion of the appreciative audience. I have never written a fan letter before . . . .
Dorothy Collier, Ashby-de-la-Zouche
THE ROARING WHIRL
The six sections of the work take us through the colour, heat, light and energy of a day in the life of the Punjab, but, above all, they give a profound and joyful experience of humanity.
Christopher Hughes Smith, Connect 33.
THE ROARING WHIRL
Multi-media pieces need discerning creators if they’re to gel. The Roaring Whirl did so with conspicuous success.
Peter Palmer, Nottingham Evening Post
EDITOR’S CHOICE CD: “This CD represents a triumph. An Indian-inspired soundscape redolent of exotica, meditation and romantic adventure – this makes the listening experience a pleasure.” Chris Walters, Clarinet & Saxophone
“An original and genuinely exquisite piece that deserves widespread exposure.” Jonathan Fryer
“A charming idea and an equally charming album.” Jeremy Condliffe
“The work was commissioned and performed by clarinettist Geraldine Allen, along with Timothy Walker on guitar and Baluji Shrivastav on sitar, table and pakhavaj (two-headed drum). The musicality of all three is superb and the interest level never drops, in large part due to their great skill.”
Maria Lord (Songlines)