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Helen Burford Jazz Portraits

December 2015

Helen Burford performs Four Jazz Portraits in Brighton

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Helen premiered Four Jazz Portraits at the Brighton Fringe Festival last year and will be performing them again in Brighton on 9 December (12.30) at St. Nicholas’ Church (Church Street) in a programme including works by Takemitsu and Terry Riley.

The four pieces are titled:

I Pavillion Ferris Stride (Fats Waller)
II Just air and water (Bill Evans)
III Erroneous Monkish (Thelonius Monk)
IV Boogie Woogie Barcarolle (Albert Ammons)

Broken Wing Broken Wing music

December 2015

Premiere of Broken Wing (after Leonardo) at Wiltons, London

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Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Mihailo Trandilovski will give the world premiere of Broken Wing (after Leonardo) for 2 solo violins on 7 December 2015 at the gorgeous Wiltons Music Hall in London. The work is a virtuoso tour-de-force written especially for Peter and Mihailo, who have recently recorded ‘...under the circle of the moon...’ for Toccata Classics. The piece was originally inspired by a sculpture made by Peter and his son Marius (picture below) which is in turn was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of bird’s wings and their transformation into mechanical apparatus. Searching through Leonardo’s writings on flight I found the following line scribbled alongside a diagram of a flying machine

'ognuno si potra gettare da qualsiasi altezza senza alcun rischio'
(anyone can jump from no matter what height without any risk whatsoever)
Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Atlanticus, folio 1058

This line directs the drama of the piece with sections entitled:
The Vision
The Construction
Cranking up the machine
Falling to earth
Thinking about the reVision...and the solution
The reConstruction
Flight of the Visionary

Along with the sculpture and the text, a third element provides inspiration - a fragment of 2 part music which was reputedly written by Leonardo himself. It is quirky and unresolved, for the purposes of this project, a little broken. The phrase is heard at the outset representing Leonardo’s vision of his machine, again as he reVisions the machine after a failed attempt, and at the end where it becomes the Flight of the Visionary inventor...stratospherically high and not without risk for the performers....

Trittico

November 2015

Trittico perform Multiple Dances at St. Mary’s Church, Walthamstow Village

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The fabulous trio Trittico - Nancy Ruffer (flute), Sophia Rahman (piano) and John Anderson (oboe) - will be performing Multiple Dances on 26 November 2015 (7.30pm) at St. Mary’s Church, Walthamstow, as part of the Music in the Village Series. This will be their third performance of the piece - wonderful to work with an ensemble that takes new works into their repertoire! Multiple Dances is a three movement work that pays unabashed homage to Faure, Stravinsky and Mussorgsky. It’s title comes from its flexible instrumentation - 2 melody instruments and piano. There are other versions for flute, clarinet and piano; oboe, viola and piano and also for 2 double basses and piano.

Chroma

November 2015

CHROMA performs The Bride’s Journey at The Forge, Camden

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Fantastic that CHROMA are giving the piano trio, The Bride’s Journey in Three Songs and a Memory another outing on 11 November at The Forge, Camden (7.30). The performance is part of composer Martin Scheuregger’s Sound and Music Embedded residency at the British Music Collection archive - a celebration of some of the works he found there.There are two world premieres - CHROMA’s aural-visual commission from David Gorton (Burgh Castle) and Sound and Music’s commission from Martin Scheuregger (Harlequin).

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Solos and Duos CD

October 2015

Toccata CD reviewed in BBC Music Magazine December 2015

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Sadie’s latest portrait disc (Solos and Duos for strings and piano) released by Toccata Classics in July this year has been reviewed very favourably by Kate Wakeling in December 2015’s edition of the BBC Music Magazine.

‘This collection of works by Sadie Harrison is a vivid exploration of the miniature. No single movement exceeds four minutes and the shortest is just 24 seconds, yet these five magnetic works explore content and form with a dazzling intensity. Many of the compositions are exphrastic in nature: ‘Hidden Ceremonies’ ‘fragments’ in sound the huge canvasses of contemporary artist Brian Graham in nine arresting movements for solo piano; while ‘Gallery’ is by turns meditative and skittish, exploring the paintings and drawings of artist and violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved who also performs the work (and writes the disc’s engaging liner notes). The collection closely reflects the composer’s interest in antiquity (Harrison is also an archaeologist) with further works for solo violin and viola inspired by Greco-Roman culture, including the ‘Three Dances for Diana Nemorensis’ performed with great spirit (and virtuoso foot stamping) by Diana Mathews. The disc ends with the mesmerising ‘Under the Circle of the Moon’ for violin duo. Its seven short movements take as their prompt sources ranging fomr Durer to gemstones to human skin to Hindu cosmology, and are performed with tremendous artistry by Sheppard Skaerved joined by Mihailo Trandafilovski, bringing this beautiful and intriguing disc to a powerful close.’ (Kate Wakeling)

Art Council

October 2015

Second Arts Council grant for European tour 2016

I am absolutely delighted to announce that The Rosegarden of Light Project has been awarded a second Arts Council England Grant for the Arts to support its European Tour 2016. I have recently returned from a successful tour of the project in the USA (supported by an Arts Council International Development Fund Grant and the Ambache Charitable Trust) with 22 events taking place in Connecticut and Massachusetts - performances and workshops, a lecture on women’s musical rights in Afghanistan at the University of Connecticut, a radio interview and television recording of the premiere of Gulistan-e Nur for Cuatro Puntos (string sextet) and youth ensemble. The Rosegarden of Light Project (Gulistan-e Nur) consists of 3 elements - public concert performances, workshops and video presentations.

Concert performances (including the UK premiere) of a 30 minute newly-commissioned work for professional string sextet and amateur/youth ensemble entitled Gulistan-e Nur (The Rosegarden of Light). The concert will also include contemporary works by living composers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. Workshops will teach local amateur musicians/students the Interludes which form part of The Rosegarden of Light, integrating them into the public performances alongside Cuatro Puntos. Video presentations within the concerts and during workshops will inform audiences about current music-making and contemporary composition in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, focusing on performances of The Rosegarden of Light Interludes by ANIM’s Girl’s ensemble, recorded by Cuatro Puntos members Kevin and Holly Bishop in Kabul, August 2015.

Concert programme

Mohammed Othman Sidiq (Iraq) - Nai Concertino for solo violinist and string quartet
Kareen Roustom (Syria) - Letters Home for violin and cello
Reza Vali (Iran) - Calligraphies for string quartet
Anon. Arr. Kevin Bishop - Pesta Farosh - Traditional Afghan Song for string sextet
Ustad Shefta (Afghanistan) - Proud Woman for string sextet
Sadie Harrison (UK) - Gulistan-e Nur: The Rosegarden of Light

Dates & venues

Saturday 28 May 2016: Purbeck Arts Weeks Festival, Swanage UK Premiere
Sunday 29 May 2016: Friends Meeting House, Brighton Fringe Festival
Monday 30 May 2016: Goldsmiths College, London
Thursday 2 June 2016: St. Peter’s Church, Shaftesbury
Friday 3 June 2016: Late Music Festival York (workshops)
Saturday 4 June 2016: Late Music Festival York (performances)
Monday 6 June 2016: Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin)

The Rose Garden of Light Project
Aurea Luce world premiere

September 2015

Aurea Luce world premiere with Madeleine Mitchell and Geoff Poole

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Following the great success of their concert in St. Peter’s Church last September, Madeleine and Geoff are returning to Shaftesbury for another recital on 19 September at 6.30pm. They kindly asked me to write them a new work as part of my 50th birthday celebrations. The piece for violin and piano is based on a plainsong melody sung as a hymn for the Feast of St. Peter’s Chair in Rome, reflecting the dedication of the church in which the premiere is taking place. I started writing the work on International Women’s Day and it was serendipitous that the hymn’s text is ascribed very unusually to the 5th century female author Elpis (reputedly the first wife of the philosopher Boethius). The title translates as‘..with golden light..’ and in context within the verse it reads as:

‘The beauteous light of Eternity hath flooded with blissful fires this golden day which crowns the Prince of the Apostles, and gives unto the guilty a free way to heaven’.

The piece states the plainsong clearly at the beginning, with a gradual accumulation of bells (constructed from patterns taken from St. Peter’s Church changes) making conscious reference to the tintinabulation style of Arvo Pärt. It also hints at James Macmillan’s ‘Kiss on Wood’ which was written especially for Madeleine and which has become one of her very special ‘calling cards’.The Theatre of Heaven

September - November 2015

This Theatre of Heaven Project 2015 International Collaboration UK - USA - Afghanistan

Plans for this fabulous collaboration are ongoing but some details are now in place. More information will be posted as it arrives.

The Theatre of Heaven (The Light Garden of the Angel King) will be performed by members of the US based groups Cuatro Puntos (a collective of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the writing, performance, and teaching of music worldwide) and the Avery Ensemble. The performances will initially take place in September - November 2015 in Connecticut, and Massachusetts, USA with video links/recordings from the AFCECO Girl’s Orphanage in Kabul and the Afghanistan National Institute for Music. Where this is not possible, the interludes between movements will be performed by local US school children. In the Gorton School and Goodwin College performances the interludes will be played by the institutions’ students. The photos were taken in 2014 during the visit of Cuatro Puntos members, Kevin and Holly Bishop to ANIM in Kabul.

Cuatro Puntos: www.cuatropuntos.org
ANIM: www.afghanistannationalinstituteofmusic.org
Avery Ensemble: www.averyensemble.org

24 September 2015 World Premiere
This Theatre of Heaven (The Light Garden of the Angel King)
for string sextet and children’s ensemble (2015)
Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble with local school children
Lutheran Church of St. Mark, Griswold Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA

25 September 2015
This Theatre of Heaven (The Light Garden of the Angel King)
for string sextet and children’s ensemble (2015)
Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble with students from Goodwin College
Goodwin College, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA

26 September 2015
This Theatre of Heaven (The Light Garden of the Angel King)
for string sextet and children’s ensemble (2015)
Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble with students from Groton School
Groton School, Massachusetts, USA

Saturday, 7 November 2015
This Theatre of Heaven (The Light Garden of the Angel King)
for string sextet and children’s ensemble (2015)
Avery Ensemble and Cuatro Puntos
Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford Connecticut.
Programme: Beyond borders also includes works by Oswoldo Goliov, Bright Chen and Beethoven.

Irish Composition Summer School

July 2015

Appointment as Guest Director at the Irish Composition Summer School 2015

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I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in the Irish Composition Summer School this year as Guest Director, working alongside Nicola Lefanu and Kevin O’Connell, in the fabulous surroundings of the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin. The Summer School has been running for over 30 years and hosted international composers such as Sorenson, Finnissy, Lim, Volans, Ruders and Kondo - it is a real privilege to be joining such a fantastic group. Composition students will be writing works for the Performers in Residence, soprano Sylvia O’Brien and the Clarion Horn Trio and I am really looking forward to the workshops, lectures and tutorials that are designed to support the composers prior to the premieres of their new pieces. This is an extract from the brochure:

The Irish Composition Summer School started as the Ennis Composition Summer School, founded in 1983 by John Buckley, and has been responsible for over thirty years of excellence in composition teaching by Irish and international composers. Previous directors have included Martin O'Leary, James Wilson, John Buckley, Grainne Mulvey and Michael Alcorn. A majority of the most successful Irish composers of the last three decades have attended the Summer School. It has provided them the opportunity to work with leading names in composition - including Bent Sorensen, Poul Ruders, Christopher Fox, Liza Lim, Kevin Volans, Simon Bainbridge, Nicola LeFanu, Michael Finnissy, Jo Kondo and Clarence Barlow - and in performance, including Dorothy Dorow, Collette McGahon, the Prey Trio, Jane Manning, the Fidelio Trio, the Clarion Horn Trio and the ConTempo Quartet.

Premiere of …around and a round

June 2015

Premiere of ...around and a round...at the Holbourne Museum in Bath

Elizabeth Walker and Richard Shaw will be giving the premiere of ...around and a round... in the version for flute and piano on 2 June 2015 at 1.10pm as part of the Lunchtime Concert Series at the spectacular Holbourne Museum in Bath. This little piece is taken from a set of pieces entitled Lunae : Four Nocturnes and was originally for solo piano, premiered by Duncan Honeybourne in 2012. The piano version is dedicated to John Law, composer and pianist.

Albany Piano Trio

June 2015

Albany Trio perform A Bride’s Journey for piano trio at Late Music Festival

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Really looking forward to a performance by the Albany Piano Trio of my piece A Bride’s Journey in Three Songs and a Memory at the Late Music Festival in York on 6 June 2015 at 7.30. They are playing at St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, a brilliant little venue in the heart of York. As well as my piece (which is based on a set of Lithuanian folksongs around the theme of first love, a wedding and the bride’s lamenting her lost family home) the group will be performing pieces by Judith Weir, Nicola LeFanu, Emily Howard, Charlotte Bray, Haley Jenkins and Sally Beamish. The Bride’s Journey was released on NMC D125 in 2007 performed by the Lithuania Kaskados Trio. Extracts can be heard on:

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Cimera Ensemble

June 2015

Chimera Ensemble perform The Fourteenth Terrace in York

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Fabulous news that this young ensemble are taking on my clarinet concerto The Fourteenth Terrace, originally written for Andrew Sparling and Lontano. The performance will take place on 5 June 2015 in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York in a programme including:

Kaija Saariaho Tempest Songbook
Oliver Knussen Ophelia Dances

The Fourteenth Terrace is the second in a trilogy of works that take their inspiration from the life and works of the warrior-poet Zahiru’d-din Muhammad Babur. At his request, Babur was buried in one of his own gardens, now known as the Bagh-e-Babur. His tomb stands on the fourteenth terrace of the garden overlooking Kabul and its surrounding countryside. Typically Persian, the Bagh-e-Babur was once bordered by marble-edged streams, reservoirs and waterfalls, constructed within strict geometric patterns. It was said to be the first example of a Mughul ‘paradise garden’. Until 2001, the garden contained plane and mulberry trees planted by Babur’s grandson, Shah Jahan, in 1640.

I constructed the work’s proportions from the dimensions given in a contemporary description as if walking from the first terrace to the fifteenth. The arrival at the tomb is marked by the clarinettist’s whispered recitation in Afghan Persian of an inscription from Babur’s Mosque. The work closes with a lullaby, inspired by music sung by Herati women to the accompaniment of the dâireh or frame-drum.

The work received its first performance and BBC Radio 3 broadcast in 2002 performed by soloist, Andrew Sparling with Lontano, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez at the Purcell Room, South Bank. The work was recorded for METIER - The Light Garden: MSV CD 92084 (2003).

"The Light Garden is an offering of the highest quality, with no compromise for popular taste... This is without question one of my top recordings of the year, a ground-breaking release" Music Web

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Geert Callaer After 'Sacrarium' (Brian Graham 2000)

May 2015

Geert Callaert premieres Hidden Ceremonies I for solo piano

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I am absolutely thrilled that the extraordinary pianist Geert Callaer (international soloist and core performer of the HERMESensemble) will be premiering Hidden Ceremonies 1 on 1 May 2015 as part of the York Spring Festival of Music, in the Early Music Centre at 6.30pm. Devised by Geert and Marc Yeats, the programme includes a number of premieres with pieces by Idin Samimi Mofakham, Martyna Kosecka, David Dies, Robert Groslot and Marc’s own monumental 45 minute piano cycle the magical control of rain.

Hidden Ceremonies I is the first volume of an ongoing series of works based on the paintings of Dorset-based artist Brian Graham - paintings which draw together the worlds of prehistoric archaeology, geology, music and contemporary landscape. Brian brings the reality and imaginings of prehistoric sites into the present through direct, emotive expression, sometimes inspired by the music of past and contemporary composers. The works are by turns pale, delicate and fragile, then ablaze with red-black drama; they are quiet contemplations of the scarred landscape and the conjurings of dark spells and ancient ritual acts. These nine musical fragments, almost exclusively fitting on a page as if a painting themselves, add a further layer to Brian’s palimpsests. Some mirror physical shapes on the canvases (Sacrarium, Flint), others interpret the colours, perhaps just the title (Antiphon, The Intervening Figure), others the objects depicted (Hearth, Spine, Antler Music). All attempt to capture, fleetingly, something of the intensity and energy of the paintings.....each over in seconds, in stark contrast to the deep past that has inspired them. The works are dedicated to Brian. Roderick Chadwick has recently recorded the pieces to be released on Toccata Classics later in 2015.

The movements are entitled:

I - after ‘Antiphon’ (1999)
II - after ‘Sacrarium’ (2000)
III - after ‘Palimpsest’ (2000)
IV - after ‘The Intervening Figure’ (2002)
V - after ‘Flint’ (2003)
VI - after ‘Hearth’ (2003)
VII - after ‘Hidden Ceremony’ (2004)
VIII - after ‘Spine’ (2005)
XI - after ‘Antler Music’ (2006)

Helen Burford

May 2015

Helen Burford premieres Four Jazz Portraits at the Brighton Fringe

Helen will be premiering Four Jazz Portraits on Sun 10th May at the Friends Meeting House as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. She will also be playing Lunae: Four Nocturnes which was written for Duncan Honeybourne in 2011. Helen is renowned for her innovative programmes which combine jazz classics with new commissions and works by little known contemporary composers. I wrote these miniatures in celebration of her joyful approach to repertoire. The pieces are titled:

I Pavillion Ferris Stride (Fats Waller)
II Just air and water (Bill Evans)
III Erroneous Monkish (Thelonius Monk)
IV Boogie Woogie Barcarolle (Albert Ammons)

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Sarah Watts and Laurence Perkins Antony Clare

April 2015

World Premiere of Suite Theo for bassoon, bass clarinet and piano on Rasaay

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Absolutely brilliant that Sarah Watts (bass clarinet), Laurence Perkins (basson) and Antony Clare (piano) are premiering these little pieces at the Rasaay Bass Clarinet and Bassoon Course tutor’s concert on 22 April at 8pm. It will be taking place in Raasay House, on the spectacular island situated off the coast of Skye.

Suite Theo was written for my grandson - little doodles about his various antics including his first steps, sad tears, nightmares and tantrums. The first of the set, Theo’s Lullaby was written while we were waiting for him to be born. The pieces were originally for double basses and piano (published by Recital Music), here dramatically arranged for some other bass instruments thanks to a request from bass clarinet impresario Sarah! The piece has five movements (so far):

• Theo’s Lullaby
• Theo’s Toddle
• Theo’s Tears
• Theo’s Dreamtime
• Theo’s Raindance

Eve Daniel & Peter Sheppard Skaerved

April 2015

World premiere of ‘..and love..’ (Keep Going) at the National Portrait Gallery

Eve Daniel (voice), Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin) and Roderick Chadwick (piano) will be giving the premiere of ‘..and love..’ on Friday 24th April 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The text is written by Malene Skaerved, as part of an on-going collaboration that will culminate in the completion of an opera based on her story ‘The Kind, the Wise and the Beautiful’.

Malene writes: Keep Going is about love at different stages in my life. Writing for Sadie is at once, a privilege and a challenge. Her questing spirit required that I dig deep, and clarify my emotions, sometimes beyond what is comfortable! The first verse/
movement is a fantasy of love, so she dipped it in romance, and even Disney, which is rather close to the truth (I still like the idea of a ‘happy ending’, which is, of course, no ending at all). For the second verse/movement, she asked for the ‘Danish song tradition’. I sent her songs by the composer Oluf Ring. I grew up in his house, and imagined that his music had made the house a happy one. Sadie chose a melody which my mother used to sing to me ‘Solen er så rød, Mor (The sun is so red,
mother). For the final verse/movement, representing the present day and future, Sadie asked me to portray my marriage. The first time, we met, my husband played Bach for me, in a crowded room. At that moment, only he and I realised just how intimate we were. Sadie is right, of course; for me all these moments represent love.’ (See June 2014 News for more information.)

A Flash Between Darkness

March 2015

Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Gallery at the Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Cyprus

Peter will be performing a selection of pieces from the cycle for solo violin Gallery (Rooms 1 and 2) in the Shoe Factory, Nicosia in Cyprus on 29 March. He has played the miniatures a number of times in London and abroad and it is fabulous that this performance will take place amongst Peter’s own paintings as Gallery was written as a response to his artwork created over several years. How wonderful that Peter’s creative life as a visual artist is now going public! Peter has recorded Gallery for Toccata Classics, to be released later this year on a disc entitled Hidden Ceremonies. The exhibition and concert are described on the Pharos website:

‘Peter Sheppard Skaerved is known to the general public as an outstanding violinist and a prolific musician. His close circle, however, knows that he is also a highly gifted visual artist. During the intervals he sits backstage drawing, capturing the audience and the general feeling of the performance. After the concerts, he always withdraws to elucidate his post-performance feelings on paper, using various mediums – graphite, ink, charcoal and paint. Peter Sheppard Skaerved the violinist has been hosted by the Pharos Arts Foundation quite a few times and all of his concerts have been marked by tremendous success. But music aside, Pharos has also stimulated him to draw a series of art-works inspired by the music he played in Nicosia, the audience’s response, the philosophical and thought-provoking conversations backstage with the rest of the team and the musicians. A Flash Between Darknesses – the Exhibition will open on 27 March at The Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art and will last until 6 April 2015. As part of the exhibition, Peter Sheppard Skaerved will team up with violist Morgan Goff, on Sunday 29 March at The Shoe Factory for a recital of works that have inspired and were inspired by the exhibition’s artworks… Mozart duos for violin and viola, works from 17th-century London, and contemporary miniatures by David Matthews, Sadie Harrison, Evis Sammoutis, Robin Holloway and Michael Hersch.’

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Nancy Ruffer plays ‘Three Expositions’ at Huddersfield University

March 2015

Nancy Ruffer plays ‘Three Expositions’ at Huddersfield University

‘Ruffer's playing is fastidious, impassioned and silver-tongued throughout.' Paul Driver (The Sunday Times)

Nancy will be playing my solo flute piece Three Expositions on 2 March in St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University at 7.30pm (following a morning workshop with students). The piece is based on three musical fragments, heard in their most basic form in the opening phrase. The first fragment, two 'bell-like' harmonics develop into a lyrical Song. The second, a group of fast semiquavers become an agitated, virtuosic Dance and the third, an angular, syncopated figure acts as an interruption cutting off the development of Dance and Song. The three characters are juxtaposed in a collage-like structure with the expressive Song gradually transforming the other musics into versions of itself. The piece was recorded by Carola Neilinger on Metier in 2002:

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Young Bassist Competition

March 2015

Adjudication at the final of the Taunton National Competition for Young Bassists

I will be working with the super composer Tony Osborne adjudicating the final of this new competition being held in Taunton next March (21st). It is part of The Taunton Festival of the Arts- an exciting and innovative competition for school age bassists of all abilities. This national competition, the brainchild of David Heyes, offers young bassists the opportunity to prepare and perform a short programme of their own choice and to compete for significant prize money and awards. Joel Quarrington, Principal Bass of the London Symphony Orchestra, is delighted to be its patron “It is initiatives like the Taunton National Competition for Young Bassists that are responsible in part for the huge advances and improvements we hear today in double bass playing and its pedagogy.”

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SCAW perform 'Owl of the Hazels'

February 2015

SCAW perform ‘Owl of the Hazels’ (Lazdynn Peleda) at Bristol University

The fabulous duo SCAW (Sarah Watts and Andrew Clare) are performing Owl of the Hazel (Lazdynn Peleda) for bass clarinet and piano on Friday 13 February at 2pm in the Bristol University Lunchtime Concert Series. It was originally premiered by Ian Mitchell and pianist Tim Jones at the International Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam in 2005. The concert also features a work by Stephen Davismoon and a world premiere by Sohrab Uduman.

“Bass clarinet and piano constitute a successful and increasingly popular recital combination, and this is one of the very best I have heard” The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Magazine

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Mutiple Dances

February 2015

Multiple Dances for trio (2013) at the Seaton Festival

Trittico (Nancy Ruffer-flute/ John Anderson-oboe/ Sophia Rahman-piano) are giving another performance of Multiple Dances on 17 February in Seaton. They gave the premiere (brilliantly!) at the 1901 Arts Club in September 2014. The work is in three brief movements, and the ‘melody’ lines are designed to be played by any treble instruments. The music is rather neoclassical in style with references to Stravinsky, the Song of the Volga Boatmen and Fauré - three lighthearted little doodles.

Renee Reznek

January-February 2015

Renée Reznek at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival and Stellenbosch University

I am absolutely delighted that Renée will be giving a repeat performance of Par feshani-ye ‘Eshq at the JIMF in January next year (29th at Northwards House, Johannesburg), followed by another at the Endler Concert Series held at Stellenbosch University (8 February). Renée has already played the work a number of times receiving wonderful reviews. (See previous News Items for more details).

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Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Mihailo Trandilovski in Deptford

January 2015

Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Mihailo Trandilovski in Deptford

‘..under the circle of the moon..’ (Mansions 1-VII) for violin duo received another outing in the Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths College on 29 January, performed by the Superduo Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Mihailo Trandilovski! Each piece take some aspect of the number 28 (there being 28 Mansions to the Moon) as their starting point. The titles of the movements are:

I The Vision of Anne Catherine Emmerick
II The Life of Skin
III Brahma’s Angels-Indra’s Thunderbolt-Vaivasvata’s Ark
IV The Thousand Songs of Thebes
V Albrecht Durer Self Portrait 1500AD-The Frankfurt Zoll
VI Tourmaline
VII The Curse with Turtledoves.

(Peter and Mihailo have recorded the work, to be released on Toccata Classics later this year. The
photo was taken during the session on 22.10.2015 in Albury. Peter’s just broken a string!

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Kevin Bishop from Cuatro Puntos and students from ANIM during a trip to Kabul in 2014

The Avery Ensemble

January 2015

Grant from the Ambache Charitable Trust to support international commission

I am absolutely delighted that the Ambache Charitable Trust has supported a substantial international commission to be completed this year/. The piece is to be titled This Theatre of Heaven - The Light Garden of the Angel King. It will be performed by members of the US based groups Cuatro Puntos (a collective of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the writing, performance, and teaching of music worldwide) and the Avery Ensemble together with children from the AFCECO Girl’s Orphanage in Kabul and the Afghanistan National Institute for Music. The performances will initially take place in September 2015 in Connecticut, USA with video links/recordings from the Afghan venues. Where this is not possible, the interludes between movements will be performed by local US school children.

In 2014, I composed a piece titled Dast be Dast for viola, rubab and tabla. In the Afghan language of Dari the title means Hand to Hand, and it was a written for a collaboration between Cuatro Puntos and ANIM. The world premiere took place as part of a ground-breaking chamber music collaboration at the French Cultural Centre in Kabul. Inspiration for The Theatre of Heaven came recently when, just a few months after the premiere of Dast be Dast, the French Cultural Centre in Kabul was seriously damaged by a bomb blast during a performance by ANIM. The founder and director of ANIM, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, was severely wounded, and the students of ANIM are currently left confused and frustrated. As ANIM has done for the past six years, we wish to respond to this violence against them with music.

(Performance details: see September - November 2015 News)

Photos: Kevin Bishop from Cuatro Puntos and students from ANIM during a trip to Kabul in 2014
and the Avery Ensemble © Susan Wilson.

Cuatro Puntos: www.cuatropuntos.org
ANIM: www.afghanistannationalinstituteofmusic.org
Avery Ensemble: www.averyensemble.org

Dr K Sextet

January 2015

Dr K Sextet with Lesley-Jane Rogers perform Aster at Club Inégales

The third part of The Pierrot Project is kicking off at Club Inégales on Thursday 22nd January at 8.00pm. Lesley-Jane and the Dr. K Sextet (conducted by Ewan Campbell) will be giving Aster its second complete performance in the series, this time alongside newly-commissioned works taking the poems from Schoenberg's 'Brettl-Lieder' as inspiration.

‘To begin Pierrot's journey the Dr K. Sextet travel to the intimate and riotously informal Überbrettl in 1901: the iconic venue for the first German Kabarett. We will strive to recreate the gaudy settings and gallows humour of the Kabarett within a 21st Century artistic context. The mood is light to complement Pierrot's preoccupation with love and moonlight, whilst we begin the over-arching exploration of humanity within nature in Chou's captivating 'Ode to Eternal Pine'.

Pierrot Project III: 'Kabarett' concert
soundcloud.com/sadie-harrison-composer/aster-echo
soundcloud.com/sadie-harrison-composer/aster-love-the-gambler
www.lesleyjanerogers.co.uk/concerts

Medeleine Mitchell

November 2014

'an angel reads my open bookʼ with Madeleine Mitchell and Charles Wiffen

Acclaimed violinist, Madeleine Mitchell and pianist, Charles Wiffen will be giving a performance of ‘an angel reads my open book’ on 5 November 2014 at Bath Spa University at 7.30. The five pieces are based on the poetry of Lithuanian Sigitis Geda and are entitled:

I spring: father’s orchard
II a dream: autumn in Palanga
III traces of the toad cult found alongside Veprynas Lake
IV the collective request of the dead country children of Pateru village
V bell music for St. Casimir

‘an angel..’ was recorded by Rusne Mataityte and Sergey Okrushko for NMC in 2005. ‘The third movement of … an angel reads my open book… sums up the attractions of Sadie Harrison’s engagement with the folk art of Lithuania. This is a music of concise forms, subtle textures and very direct expression.’ GRAMOPHONE

The programme also includes:

Prokofiev - Cinq Melodies op.35b
Beethoven - Sonata for piano and violin no.10 in G op.96
Brahms - Violin Sonata no.2 in A op.100

www.michaeltippettcentre.org/events/madeleine-mitchell-violin-recita/1415215800

Dr. K Sextet and Lesley Jane Rogers

November 2014

Dr. K Sextet and Lesley Jane Rogers at Limewharf in Aster: Six Epigrams

thepierrotproject.weebly.com/pierrot-pop-ups

Lesley Jane gave the premiere of Aster way back in 1995 with The Greenhouse Ensemble lead by Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, recording it a while later for Metier (MSV CD92053). The piece marked the beginning of a long working relationship with both performers. It is wonderful that Lesley Jane is giving a performance of the revised score some 20 years later with the dynamic Dr. K Sextet at Limewharf, (Vyner Street, Hackney) on 21 November.

Aster selects its six texts from the Greek Anthology, a collection of over four thousand poems collected by Byzantine scholars approximately one thousand years ago. The set of poems date from 7th century BC through until 6th Century AD. The selected texts are unified by two common themes; the cycle of life, expressed through the interplay between light and dark and the passing from morning to evening, in combination with a characteristically fatalistic approach to the nature of love (this fatalism is seen most vividly in Love the Conqueror and Love the Gambler with their allusions to Venus and Cupid.) The texts also share the topos of Aster, the star, which takes on various guises throughout the settings. The two Aster texts, thought by Keats to be the most perfect of all the Greek Epigrams, concisely focus this conceptual unity and the sentiment of the selected texts. The work is dedicated to Anthony Pryer.

You can hear some movements from Aster on Soundcloud:

soundcloud.com/sadie-harrison-composer/aster-echo
soundcloud.com/sadie-harrison-composer/aster-love-the-gambler
www.lesleyjanerogers.co.uk/concerts

Aster

October 2014

Selection of movements from Aster in NW10 London warehouse

thepierrotproject.weebly.com/pierrot-pop-ups
www.lesleyjanerogers.co.uk
www.drksextet.com

In preparation for the complete performance in November this year (see News details), Lesley-Jane and the Dr. K Sextet are performing three movements from Aster: Six Epigrams in the fabulous warehouse venue at Unit 18 Trading Estate Road in North London. The programme will include a number of movements from Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire alongside premieres by young composers.

London New Wind Festival

September 2014

World premiere at the 17th London New Wind Festival 19 September 2014

A Lament and a Love Song (2013) for oboe and piano
World Premiere
17th London New Wind Festival
Schotts Music Ltd, Marlborough Street, London
Catherine Pluygers (oboe)
Robert Coleridge (piano)

These two short movements are based on a cycle of traditional Lithuanian folk songs which recount episodes from the journey of a bride - the awakening of love, the wedding, a yearning for the family home. The Lament (Prapuoliau, motula - I am lost, mother) is forlorn becoming gradually more impassioned, and the Love Song (As siu nakti nemigau - I did not sleep this night) echoes through a haze of sleep and gentle passion. The piece is a reworking of an earlier work entitled The Bride’s Journey in Three Songs and a Memory. The work receives its world premiere tonight.

When Love Kept Time

November 2014

Premiere of ʻ..when love kept time..ʼ at WW1 commemoration concert

David Heyes and Derek Harris will give the premiere of a new work for double bass and piano written especially for a concert commemorating World War I at Wells Museum on Saturday, 15 November. The piece takes its title from a poem by Roderic Quinn entitled Soul of the Anzac which considers the sacrifice of the soldier and his memories of parents, lovers and the extraordinary qualities of the Australian landscape. The piece ends with a distant echo of Waltzing Matilda at the very top of the piano creating a cavern of space between the living skies overhead and the deep earth of the double bass. The work is published by Recital Music. Details of the concert can be found at:

www.facebook.com/events/656414844443702

New Music Collections

Autumn 2014

Naxos CD release of Labyrinth from Impresa Amorosa NMC recording of Labyrinth for solo piano on New Music Collections (March 2014) and NAXOS release

NMC have included Labyrinth from the cycle Impresa Amorosa in their latest New Music Collections, Volume 4 for piano (NMC207). The piece has previously been recorded by Aaron Shorr on Metier/ Divine Art (MSV CD92053) and by Nicky Losseff for NMCʻs Pianthology. The piece is also being released by Naxos America in Autumn 2014. The cycle takes its name from the 15th century practice in which jousting knights and their ladies exchanged love tokens (impresa amorosa), the identity and significance of which were known only to each other. The impresa of the labyrinth was used by the Gonzagas in the early 1500s, accompanied by the motto ʻForse che si, forse che noʼ (Maybe yes, maybe no!) The music is characterised by false starts, dead ends and gentle pleading!

www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/new-music-collections-piano

An Angel Reads my Open Book

September 2014

'An Angel Reads my Open Bookʼ with Madeleine Mitchell and Geoff Poole

Acclaimed violinist, Madeleine Mitchell and composer-pianist, Geoff Poole will be giving a performance of ‘an angel reads my open book’ on 6 September 2014 at St. Peter’s Church, Shaftesbury. The five pieces are based on the poetry of Lithuanian Sigitis Geda and are entitled:

I spring: father’s orchard
II a dream: autumn in Palanga
III traces of the toad cult found alongside Veprynas Lake
IV the collective request of the dead country children of Pateru village
V bell music for St. Casimir

‘an angel..’ was recorded by Rusne Mataityte and Sergey Okrushko for NMC in 2005. ‘The third movement of … an angel reads my open book… sums up the attractions of Sadie Harrison’s engagement with the folk art of Lithuania. This is a music of concise forms, subtle textures and very direct expression.’ GRAMOPHONE

The programme also includes:
Bach - Siciliano from Sonata no.4 in C minor
Beethoven - Sonata for piano and violin no.10 in G op.96
Brahms - Violin Sonata no.2 in A op.100

www.classical-artists.com/madeleinemitchell
www.geoffreypoole.co.uk

Multiple Dances

September 2014

Premiere of Multiple Dances at the 1901 Club (September 2014)

Multiple Dances for two treble instruments and piano will be given its premiere by Trittico - Nancy Ruffer (flute), Sophia Rahman (piano), John Anderson (oboe) on Wednesday 17 September (postponed from October last year). The piece is in three brief movements, and the ‘melody’ lines are designed to be played by any treble instruments. The music is rather neoclassical in style with references to Stravinsky, the Song of the Volga Boatmen and Fauré - three lighthearted little doodles. Alongside pieces by Britten and Holst, the varied programme includes several premieres by Rob Keeley, Jenni Roditti, John Hawkins, Ian Wilson and John Hopkins.

www.1901artsclub.com

Kevin Bishop from the American group Cuatro Punto

August/September 2014

Kevin Bishop performs Allah Hu in Bolivia and Connecticut

Kevin Bishop from the American group Cuatro Puntos will be performing Allah Hu the central solo viola movement from Dast be Dast a number of times during August and September. Two performances will take place in Tarija and Cochabamba in Bolivia and a further two in West Hartford and Glastonbury in Connecticut, USA. Commissioned by Cuatro Puntos as part of its global outreach programme, the piece was originally performed at the French Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in June this year. (See previous News items.)

"Mostly American"
Friday, August 15, 2014
Casa de Cultura
Tarija, Bolivia
www.cuatropuntos.org/mostlyamericanaugust2014

"Mostly American" (repeat)
Friday, August 22, 2014
Bach Haus
Cochabamba, Bolivia
www.cuatropuntos.org/mostlyamericanaugust2014

"Intimate Letters"
Sunday, September 28, 2014
West Hartford Unitarian Universalist Church
West Hartford, Connecticut
www.cuatropuntos.org/intimateletterssept2014

"Intimate Letters" (repeat)
Friday, October 3, 2014
St. Mark Lutheran Church
Glastonbury, Connecticut
www.cuatropuntos.org/intimateletterssept2014

Feel free to link to our website. The below program notes are being used, and will be translated into
Spanish for first two concerts.

Sadie Harrison: Dast be Dast

Dast be Dast was commissioned in 2014 from UK-based composer Sadie Harrison by Cuatro Puntos. The commission was to celebrate a journey by two of Cuatro Puntosʼ musicians to Kabul, Afghanistan, where they worked with students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. This school represents musical diplomacy at itʼs best, as children in this war-torn country receive an education and opportunities through music. In a place where internal ethnic conflict and a general distrust of the western world has fueled decades of ongoing war, Dast be Dast celebrates a need for collaboration and global understanding.

The full work was written for viola, rubab (the national instrument of Afghanistan,) and tabla (a staple of Indo-Persian music.) The premier was given in summer 2014 at a concert celebrating World Music Day in Kabul, Afghanistan. The premier brought together four people from very different backgrounds: Sadie Harrison, a composer from the UK; Kevin Bishop, an American violist; Samim Zafar, an Afghan student of the rubab; and Madhurjya Barthakur, a tabla player from India. The mere fact that this collaborative concert took place in an active war zone shows the progress towards peace and cultural understanding that has been made in Afghanistan, and promises for a brighter future.

“Dast be Dast” means “Hand to Hand” in Dari, the dialect of Persian spoken in Kabul. It illuminates various aspects of Afghan and Western music-making. Instruments from both cultures explore improvisation alongside notation, controlled imitation with spontaneous elaboration, and Western tonality with Afghan scales. The piece is based on three Afghan songs: Anar Anar (Pomegranates,) Allah Hu (This is God,) and Watan Jan (Dear Homeland.)

The second movement, Allah Hu, is for solo viola, and is written to stand alone as an independent work in the absence of rubab and tabla. This is the portion of Dast be Dast you will hear this evening.

Helen Burford

July 2014

Helen Burford performs …around and a round…

..around and a round.. from Lunae: Four Nocturnes gets another performance on July 16 by the brilliant young pianist Helen Burford. She will be playing the piece in a lunchtime concert at All Saints Church, Hove in a really exciting programme including works by some lesser known composers that deserve to be heard more frequently.

allsaintshove.org/whats-on/lunchtime-recitals
www.helenburford.com

Claude Debussy - The Little Shepherd (from Children's Corner)
Roy Harris - The Bird (from American Ballads)
Sadie Harrison - ...around and a round... (from Lunae)
Bill Evans - Peace Piece
Peter Feuchtwanger - Tariqa I
Robert Carrington - The Empty Suit (premiere performance)
J.S. Bach - Rondeaux (BWV 826)
Lepo Sumera - Nukker Toreadoor
J.S. Bach - Capriccio (BWV 826)
Chick Corea - Three Improvisations: Where Have I Loved You Before, Where Have I Danced With You Before & Where Have I Known You Before

Dast Be Dast

June 2014

Dast be Dast for viola, rubab and tabla premiered in Kabul

Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8fCQVd22Fc

Dast be Dast (Hand to hand in friendship) was premiered at the French Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on 23 June 2014. The work was performed by American violist, Kevin Bishop, Afghan rubab player Samim Zafar and Indian tabla player Madhurjya Barthakur and took place as part of the Afghanistan National Institute for Music’s summer concert. It was filmed for broadcast by Aljazeera International.

The programme note for the work reads:

Dast be Dast was commissioned by Cuatro Puntos, a pioneering ensemble of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the writing and performance of new music worldwide. The piece was written specifically for their violist Kevin Bishop, and for rubab player, Samim Zafar, a student of the extraordinary Afghanistan National Institute for Music (ANIM) in Kabul.

Kevin suggested that the piece should represent the two distinct but equal musical cultures of the performers, and as such both players are required to adopt characteristics of each other’s traditions, both techniques and languages. The piece uses written notation and elements of improvisation for both instruments.

Dast be Dast illuminates various aspects of Afghan and Western music-making, with both instruments exploring improvisation alongside notation, controlled imitation with spontaneous elaboration, and Western tonality within Afghan scales. The piece is based on three Afghan songs each heard clearly in the three movements which are played without a break:

I Anar Anar (Pomegranates): a fast song where the two instruments imitate each other, gradually becoming more and more elaborate.

II Allah Hu (This is God): a meditative movement for solo viola based on a specific interpretation of Allah Hu sung as a lullaby by Veronica Doubleday in 2004.

III Watan Jan (Dear Homeland): based on a whirling atan dance in 7/8. Gradually getting faster and faster the players have to keep up with each other’s virtuosity!

The work was premiered by Samim Zafar Kevin Bishop and Madhurjya Barthakur on 23 June 2014 at the French Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan. The work is dedicated to them both with admiration.

With thanks also to Veronica Doubleday and John Baily for their continued help and inspiration.

www.cuatropuntos.org
www.afghanistannationalinstituteofmusic.org

Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Diana Matthews

Summer 2014

Recording sessions start for new chamber music CD

Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Diana Matthews have recorded the first works for a new disc of chamber music to be released later this year. Diana recorded Three Dances for Diana Nemorensis which she premiered last year at St. James, Piccadilly and Peter started work on the substantial set of solo violin pieces Gallery (Room 1) which are based on his paintings and drawings. The CD will also contain Gallery (Room 2), the first two versions of Hidden Ceremonies for piano and violin duo and ..under the circle of the moon.. for violin duo when Peter will be joined by Mihailo Trandilovski and Roderick Chatwin. Some outtakes from Gallery (Room 1) can be heard on Peter’s website via the following links:

www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2014/06/sadie-harrison-nur-punktlich
www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2014/06/sadie-harrison-scheherazade
www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2012/09/sadie-harrison-coffee-with-aphra-benn-westminster-abbey-cloisters

Stump-Linshalm

June 2014

Performance of Scathach, Lady of Shadows at Echoraum, Vienna by Stump-Linshalm Duo

Scathach, Lady of Shadows for bass clarinet quartet gets another outing on 6 June 2014 in the Echoraum venue in Vienna. The brilliant Stump-Linshalm duo will be joined by two other performers in the performance will which be part of the duoʼs 10th Anniversary Celebration concert. The work received its premiere on 28 August 2005 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the fabulous Songs of the Earth Project in collaboration with photographer Terry Williams.

www.scq.org.uk/songs-of-the-earth
www.echoraum.at/10jsld.htm

PROGRAMME

Duo Stump-Linshalm feiert
10-jähriges Buhnenjubil.um!

Bernhard Gander : Mr. Vertigo für 2 Bassetthörner und Tape
Tobias Klein : die wilde 12 für 2 Bassklarinetten und Kontrabass
Christof Dienz : Hey Driver, cool down the H’s für 2 Bassklarinetten und Kontrabass
Jorge Sanchez-Chiong : for albert ayler für 2 Bassklarinetten und Kontrabass
Voces Spontane : Improvisation
Christoph Herndler : neues Werk, UA, für 2 Bassklarinetten und Klavier
Petra Stump : TROTZIG für 3 Bassklarinetten
Sadie Harrison : Scathach für 4 Bassklarinetten
Chiel Meiering : You can’t keep a good man down für 6 Bassklarinetten
Enrique Raxach : Vortice für 6 Bass- und 3 Kontrabassklarinetten

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival

June 2014

Premiere at Purbeck Art Weeks Festival

Jenny Porcas will give the premiere of Three Jennys on 7 June 2014 in St. Maryʼs Church, Swanage as part of the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival. The three brief movements for solo oboe are entitled Spinning Jenny, Jenny Wren and Creeping Jenny. They are dedicated to Jenny!

Malene Sheppard

June 2014

Collaboration with Danish writer Malene Sheppard Skaerved

Sadie and Malene have started working together on a chamber opera based on one of Maleneʼs short fairytales- The Kind, the Wise and the Beautiful. The story tells of three sisters and a father who must choose between them. It is by turns poignant and macabre, full of magic but peopled by characters with emotional journeys that we will all recognise. In preparation for larger scale settings, Sadie is currently working on Maleneʼs beautiful poem Keep going (ʻ...and love...ʼ), setting it for voice, violin and piano. The work will be recorded for CD release later this year. Malene currently works as a lecturer at Birkbeck College and Goldsmiths College, London. Her book on Malene Deitrich was published as part of the Haus Life & Times Series in 2003.

Skaerved's snazzy little volume, part of Haus's Life & Times series, pays homage to the glamorous star of Shanghai Express and Destry Rides Again. Despite its slim, pocket-sized format, the work is comprehensive; Skaerved paints a well-rounded portrait not only of the woman, but of the era in which she lived.ʻ (Publisherʼs Weekly)

Malene Skӕrved: ‘My set of poems, Keep Going was written for a salon event presented at Dover by Dover Arts Development (DAD). The event also included music by Sadie Harrison, Biber, and Philip Glass. My new work was the next stage of my collaboration with DAD. In 2012-13, I had held an ACE residency in Dover, in collaboration with composer Nigel Clarke, which lead to a large scale poem, Dogger Fisher German Bight, Humber Thames Dover Wight (linked to his orchestral work of the same name). The poetry resulted from semi-autobiographical acts of research, the exploration of oneself in counterpoint with the spirit of a place: Keep Going is a more intimate take on the process.

ANIM

Kevin Bishop

June 2014

International commission for violist Kevin Bishop (Cuatro Puntos) and ANIM

Sadie has been commissioned by Cuatro Puntos to write a new work for viola and rubab as a gift to the Afghanistan National Institute for Music. It will be premiered by the fabulous American violist, Kevin Bishop and a young rubab student at the ANIM in June 2014 (Sarataan 1393) at the Institute's Summer School in Kabul, Afghanistan. Cuatro Puntos describe themselves as 'A collective of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the writing and performance of new music worldwide' and have recently been involved in exceptional outreach
work in Brazil and Bolivia. The new piece will be based on traditional Afghan songs and folk melodies but will combine the 2 instruments in a way that acknowledges and celebrates their 21st century context. ANIM's school mottos are:

BUILD LIVES THROUGH MUSIC
REVIVE AND PRESERVE AFGHAN MUSIC
TRAIN FUTURE MUSIC EDUCATORS
ESTABLISH INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
ASSURE MUSICAL RIGHTS

www.kevinbishopviola.com
www.cuatropuntos.org
www.afghanistannationalinstituteofmusic.org

 

Carillons after Couperin L

June 2014

World Premiere of Carillons after Couperin L. for piano triet

This little piece lasting about 4 minutes is based on a keyboard work that may have been written by Louis Couperin in the mid 1600s. The main theme is heard at the outset, followed by a short set of variations. Ghosts of other composers drift in and out - Lully, Paganini and Ravel adding a few notes here and there. The players are directed to perform variously ʻwith joyful Baroque energyʼ, ʻwith gravitasʼ and with ʻincreasing brillianceʼ. Carillons was written in 2013 especially for John Pitts and the extraordinary triet ensemble and is dedicated to Bill Maddocks, friend and inspiration.

Carillons is being premiered in Piano Triets - 3 is the Magic Number 2 on Saturday 21 June 2014, Colston Hall, Bristol as part of the Severnside Composers Alliance Music on the Edge Series 2013-14.

Theo's Lullaby photo

June 2014

New publications with UYMP and Recital Music (2013 - 2014)

UYMP/Music Sales
www.uymp.co.uk
Heartoutbursts! for baritone voice and piano (2012)
Carillons for Couperin L. for piano triet (2013)
Par Feshani dʼEshq for piano solo (2013)
Gallery (Room 1) for solo violin (2012-13)
Return of the Nightingales for solo piano (2013)
Multiple Dances for 2 treble instruments and piano (2013)

Recital Music
www.recitalmusic.net
Theoʼs Toddle for double bass and piano (2013)
Theoʼs Toddle (Version 2) for 2 dbs and piano (2013)
Two Movements from Harlequinade for 2 dbs/pno & db duet (2013)

Afghanistan National Institute of Music

May 2014

Premiere of Allah Hu! in Connecticut, USA (May 2014)/ANIM reception

Kevin Bishop will give the premiere of Allah Hu!, the second movement of a new commission in Connecticut, USA on 23 May. The movement is for solo viola, the outer movements being for viola and rubab. The complete work will be premiered by Kevin and Samim Zafar, a rubab student from the Afghanistan National Institute for Music in Kabul on 23 June this year. Further information about the commission can be found in earlier News posts and at www.cuatropuntos.org. In support of her ongoing work with Afghan musicians, Sadie will be attending the British Councilʼs reception for students from ANIM (22 May 2014) who have come over from Kabul to perform at this yearʼs Alchemy Festival on the South Bank (London).

Renée Reznek

May 2014

Review of Par-feshani-ye 'Eshq in SeenandHeard International

Renée Reznekʼs London premiere (15 May 2014) of Sadieʼs set of solo piano pieces Parfeshani- ye ʻEshq (The fluttering wings of love) has received a wonderful review from Colin Clarke, writing for SeenandHeard International. The full review of Renéeʼs performance which included the London premiere of ʻhada, Tataʼ by Neo Muyangi and wonderful pieces by Graham Lynch can be read here:

seenandheard-international.com/2014/05/a-refreshing-recital-from-renee-reznek/?doing_wp_cron=1400692614.1612420082092285156250

Reneeʼs blog about the concert can be read here: reneereznekblog.wordpress.com

‘..the actual highlight of not only the first half but of the concert as a whole was Sadie Harrison’s Par-feshani-ye ‘Eshq (“the f luttering wings of love”), a piece written in 2013 and here receiving its London premiere. Subtitled “six pieces af ter Bidel”, the title is taken from a text by that eighteenthcentury Sufi poet. Each of the six movements is inspired by a particular couplet (reproduced in the score); an Afghan-Indian rag is used to provide melodic/harmonic cohesiveness. First performed on April 20th of this year at Homerton College, Cambridge University by Reznek, this is the strongest, finest piece I have yet heard by this composer. Exquisitely and expertly written – Harrison is herself a fine pianist – the consistency of musical language throughout as well as the heartfelt responses to the texts are most impressive. The first movement is pref aced by the couplet, “The scents and the colours of this garden pulse with love; Along with every rose, the nightingale’s fluttering wing”. The Impressionist-sounding language linked back to the Debussy that we had just heard. The musical response is immediate: the composer’s indication for this piece is “Fluttering: the lightest of wings” and it was testament to Reznek’s artistry that the delicacy of this direction was perfectly honoured. The movement is saturated with tremolos, closing with repeated chords disappearing into eternity.

The brief second piece (“Like clay pots on the waterwheels, all things under heaven/Are heading up, or downward plummeting”) is dancing and light, a half -lit movement realised by Reznek’s perfectly delicate touch. Altogether diff rent is the third movement, headed “This imprisoning world has weight of fetter’s links/ But promise also of justice and heavenly hyacinths”. The bass ostinato is marked “Sempre fff”, something Reznek quite properly took literally. The final descent into
silence left the air a-buzz. To fill it, a piece dedicated to “Andrée”, the mother of the translator of the texts, Bruce Wannell. The couplet here is magnificently expressive: “Do what thou wilt, in silence or speaking out/ You are the world’s garden roses in bud and blossoming”. Poignant in the extreme, its spell was broken by the fifth movement, music influenced by Shostakovich (the Shostakovich of the piano Preludes and Fugues) and Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis. Reznek’s virtuosity was fully on
display for this tour-de-force.

As pianist, Sadie Harrison has herself given several performances of the Berg Piano Sonata, a work with which she shows a special affinity. The opening spread chord of the final movement is a transposition of her favourite chord from this work. This spread goes on to function as a passacaglia-type bass line. Marked “perfumed” – another reference to the Impressionists, perhaps – the movement is prefaced by the following couplets: “The prospect of non-being helps us swallow life’s bitterness/ To escape the imprisoning world, a virtual bridge can take us hence” and “Beyond even Resurrection we prisoners are led, Bidel/ By the beautiful youth, Hope’s provocative loveliness”. The piece is gorgeously atmospheric and, like the work as a whole, impeccably constructed. Reznek is the perfect pianist for this music: sensitive, dedicated and possessed of fearsome technique. (Colin Clarke May 2014)

Renée Reznek

April - June 2014

New work for pianist Renée Reznek

Renée will be giving the premiere of a new set of miniatures for solo piano at Homerton College, Cambridge in April 2014 with further performances at the 1901 Club and St. Johns-at-Hampstead in London. The work is titled Par-feshani-ye 'Eshq (The fluttering wings of love), taken from a text by the 18th century Sufi poet Bidel. Each brief movement takes a couplet from the poem as inspiration, drawing on an extraordinary array of images - clay pots on waterwheels, a nightingaleʼs fluttering wings, weighty fettersʼ links, the worldʼs garden roses. The cycle is drawn together through the use of an Aghan-Indian rag (kaj dumi) which is heard in several guises - as bells, birdsong, a singerʼs lament, finally transformed into a gentle chorale. Renée will be performing the work as part of a set of recitals inspired by aspects of meditation, including works by Satie, Debussy and Neo Muyanga.

Sat 26th April 2014, 7.30pm - Homerton College, Cambridge University
Thu 15th May 2014, 7.30pm - 1901 Club, London
Wed 4th June 2014, 1.00pm - St John-at-Hampstead, London

www.reneereznek.com

Rob Keeley

April 2014

Performance of Around and Around by Rob Keeley at Schotts

Rob will be playing this little piece from the set ʻLunae: Four Nocturnesʼ at The Schotts Music Shop on Friday 25 April as part of a programme of British piano music, including works by Judith Weir, Harrison Birtwistle, Robert Saxton, Thomas Hyde and Thomas Armstrong. The piece is dedicated to pianist and composer John Law and was written after hearing his beautiful piece Song. A recording of the second movement played by Duncan Honeybourne is available on Soundcloud:

soundcloud.com/sadie-harrison-composer/lunae-1-around-and-around

RAM students

March 2014

Performance of Fire-clouds over Szazhalombatta

This little piano duet was commissioned for the ABRSM Spectrum Piano Duet volume (2012). It was given a further performance recently by two Junior Royal Academicians - Henry Bishop and Jonathan Clegg (seen here with their teacher Eleanor Hodgkinson) - at the RAM on 29 March 2014. 'Szazhalombatta is a spectacular Bronze Age site on the banks of the Danube in Hungary. It is overflowing with artefacts, particularly pots. Fireclouding refers to the reaction of clay in kilns where changes in oxygen levels create splashes of colour. It also relates to the incredible thunderstorms that sweep in from the Carpathian Mountains, transforming skies from brightest blue to pitch black in seconds.'

A recording by Thalia Myers and Tim Slater can be heard on Soundcloud:
soundcloud.com/sadie-harrison-composer/fireclouds-over-szazhalombatta

Tempo

March 2014

Review of First Performance of ‘Gallery’.
Tempo March 2014: Kreutzer Quartet, Wilton’s Music Hall, London Paul Conway

On 11 October 2013, the charismatic leader of the Quartet, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, gave the world premiere of Sadie Harrison’s Gallery, for solo violin (2013). This collection of eleven short pieces is the first in an ongoing series of works inspired by Skaerved’s artwork, either in terms of the technique with which they were created, or as a response to the inherent drama and beauty of the subjects. J S Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas were invoked by the clarity and purity of Harrison’s idiomatic writing and in the timeless, archaic quality of her more study-like movements. Specific effects, such as glissandi and harmonics, were quietly effective and invariably at the service of the ideas, which were strong and memorable.

The collection was split into two parts, the second of which contained some especially well-defined miniatures, such as the violent and implacable Nur Pünktlich, the wistful nostalgia of Sheppard’s Meadow, and the resolute, folk-like scrubbing of 'It Rubs Off'. Peter Sheppard Skaerved surmounted the various technical demands with insouciant ease and gave a warmly characterful rendering of pieces clearly tailor made for his
talents as a communicator. Gallery is a most welcome addition to the repertoire, with a scope and vision sufficient to suggest that even more of its facets might be revealed were other soloists to take it up. It is good news that Harrison has already embarked upon a further collection of these artinspired, jewel like pieces.

(Photo and video: PS-S playing It Rubs Off.)

www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2013/09/sadie-harrison-gallery-world-premiere-wiltonsmusic-hall-september-11th-2013/

Peter Sheppard Skaerved

March/May 2014

Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Gallery in Dover and Sweden

Peter will be playing a selection of movements from Gallery, a series of miniatures inspired by his own fabulous paintings. The two performances will take place on 2 March 2014 as part of an on-going collaboration with writer Malene Skaerved and artists Rosie James and Clare Smith (The Studios, Dover) and on 23 May at the Malmö Musikhögskolan, Lunds Universitat, Sweden in a programme also including works by Rolf Martinsson, Michael Hersch, Nigel Clarke and David Gorton.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keep-going-tickets-8388300633

Nani Ka Itou

March 2014

Performance of Nani Ka Itou? by Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group in British Voices II

Nani Ka Itou? (for soprano, clarinet and piano) means ʻWhy Abandon Me?ʼ and is based on a collection of Japanese texts or wakas. Wakas were written by a group of geisha who worked in the courts of Imperial Japan from the ninth to the thirteenth century, and represent the primary romantic communication used by the women within these courts. By the end of the thirteenth century the texts were arranged into structured anthologies for the uta-awase or poetry competition where different courts competed, raising the poems to a high artform. The selected texts were written during the early period 820-950 AD and reflect the geisha's emotional response to their restricted lifestyle. Telling of the pain of unrequited or lost love, they draw on subtle images of nature rather than state their passionate content. NKI? was commissioned with funds from Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, first performed (1993) and recorded for BML by Tapestry. A recording of the second movement is available on Soundcloud:

soundcloud.com/sadie-harrison-composer/nani-ka-itou-ii-akikase-no
concerts.cf.ac.uk/whats_on/2014-03-04

Ben Groenevelt

March 2014

Performances of Pantaloon's Lament for 2 double basses

David Heyes and Ben Groenevelt will give the premiere of the 2 double bass version of Pantaloonʼs Lament on 4 November 2013 at St. Stephenʼs Church, Bristol. The piece was originally scored for double bass and piano but has been reworked for other combinations of instruments. Theoʼs Lullaby for double bass and piano will be performed by David Heyes and Duncan Honeybourne at a Gala Concert at the Bay Theatre, Weymouth on 8 November at 7.30. The concert is in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare and will feature works by Dvorak, Bruch, Bottesini and a collection of French songs sung by soprano, Sarah Poole. David will be playing the piece again with James Rintoul on 8 March 2014 at St Michael the Archangel, Teignmouth, Devon.

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Josie Jobbins

January 2014

Premiere of Josieʼs Piece at Taunton Young Musician of the Year final

Josie Jobbins will be premiering Josieʼs Piece in the final of the TYMY at the Queenʼs Hall in Taunton on 19 January 2014. The piece was
written especially for Josie after hearing her performance of Bottesiniʼs Elegy and is designed to showcase her sensitive and lyrical playing. Josie is currently a student of David Heyes at Wells Cathedral School. She will be performing the piece again at the Spring Bass-Fest at The Silk Mill Frome, April 26-27, 2014.

GOOD LUCK JOSIE!

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SEMINAR at the Royal Academy of Music

October 2013

Seminar at the Royal Academy of Music, London

COMPOSING ARCHAEOLOGY: a consideration of the past in recent works

Sadie will be giving a seminar at the Academy on 11 October, discussing the relationship between her work as a composer and a professional archaeologist. Using examples from recent compositions within the context of archaeological work conducted in Hungary and the Northern Caucasus, she will be considering how archaeological processes can be used to suggest musical structures and how the politics of excavation may be applicable to the use of traditional musical materials in contemporary scores. The seminar commences at 11.15.

PRS funding award for a new solo work for pianist Ian Pace

October 2013

Multiple Dances for two treble instruments and piano

(2013) will be performed by Trittico - Nancy Ruffer (flute), Sophia Rahman (piano), John Anderson (oboe) on 22 October at 7.30. The programme will also include works by John Hawkins, Robert Keeley and John Hopkins.

The piece is in three brief movements, and the ‘melody’ lines are designed to be played by any treble instruments. The music is rather neoclassical in style with references to Stravinsky, the Song of the Volga Boatmen and Faure - three light-hearted little doodles.

www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk
trittico.co.uk

September/October 2013

Two Autumn World Premieres

Two new chamber works will receive their premieres in the beautiful surroundings of Lauderdale House in Highgate, London this Autumn. Nancy Ruffer and Dominic Saunders will performA Bride's Journey for flute and piano on 26 September. The piece is a reworking of the piano trio The Bride’s Journey in Three Songs and a Memory first performed by the Kaskados Trio in Vilnius in 2005. Using fragments of Lithuanian folksongs, the three movement work tells the story of a new bride’s expectations, disappointments and memories:

I... the song sung while returning from the wedding...
II...lamenting a week after the wedding...
III...a memory of days before wedlock...

World premiere of Gallery at Wiltonʼs Music Hall

September 2013

World premiere of Gallery at Wiltonʼs Music Hall, London

Peter Sheppard Skaerved will give the world premiere of Gallery for solo violin (complete set) in the incredible surroundings of the world’s oldest surviving music hall on 11 September 2013 as part of the series Beethoven Begins: ‘Pupils and Friends’. The work is a collection of miniatures
inspired by Peter’s quite exceptional artwork, having titles such as Coffee with Aphra Behn: Westminster Abbey Cloisters, Mint Tea in an Empty Medina, The Wonder of Flying and Nur pünktlich. The pieces attempt to capture different aspects of Peter’s pictures - sometimes the medium or technique with which they are created or the structurally suggestive juxtaposition of colours and shapes. But more often, they are interpretations of imagined narratives, personal responses to the art’s kaleidoscopic references, their vivacity, drama and quiet beauty.

The programme, performed by Peter, the Kreutzer Quartet and pianist Aaron Shorr will also include:

Beethoven C minor Quartet Op 18 No 4
Beethoven Variations WoO 40 ‘Se vuol Ballare’ (Figaro)
Beethoven E Flat Major Sonata Op 12 No 3
Beethoven Variations Op 121a ‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’

wiltons.org.uk/event.php?p=645
peter-sheppard-skaerved.com

The Victorian manivelle childʼs music box c. 1880 that will be used in the performance

August 2014

Featured Composer at Bass-Fest 2014

Sadie will be one of three featured composers (also John Alexander and Simon Garçia) at Bass-Fest 2014 which is taking place at The Silk Mill in Frome, Somerset from 15-17 August 2014. Several of her works for double bass will be included, including a cycle of pieces inspired by her grandson - Theoʼs Lullaby, Theoʼs Toddle, Theoʼs Raindance, Theoʼs Dreamtime; Hantu for double bass and piano, commissioned by the Friends of Wells Cathedral School in 2013, A Sonatine-by-any-other-name written for virtuoso, David Heyes and a Bass-Fest commission for double bass quartet and Victorian music box, entitled Children of Silk. The quartet is a commemoration of the nameless children who lost their lives working in silk and textile mills during the Industrial Revolution. Sadie is absolutely delighted that four of the great international double bass virtuosi - David Heyes, Ben Groenevelt (GB), Dan Styffe (Norway) and Simon Garçia (Spain) will be premiering the work.

www.facebook.com/pages/Bass-Fest-2014-Frome/655399047804325
silkmillstudios.co.uk
www.recitalmusic.net/spweb/content.php?contentid=392

SCATHACH at the 23rd International Summer School

August 2013

Scathach at the 23rd International Summer School, Vienna

Originally commissioned by the Scottish Clarinet Quartet, Sadie’s bass clarinet mquartet will be studied by students as part of MDW’s Masterclass for Contemporary Music with Heinz-Peter Linshalm, Petra Stump & Harry Sparnaay from 18-25 August. The work received its premiere on 28 August 2005 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the fabulous Songs of the Earth Project in collaboration with photographer Terry Williams. Scathach, warrior woman and prophetess, patroness of martial arts, of prophecy, blacksmiths and magic, is known by many names – the Lady of Shadows, the Lady of the Shadowy Isle and She Who Strikes Fear. Native to the Isle of Skye, Scathach was thought to have set up a martial arts school there, becoming the instructor of the great warrior prince Cuchulainn. The work contains fragments of pipe laments, calls and ’chorales’ woven together in the traditional theme and variation form of the piobaireachd where material is repeated in increasingly complex versions. As Scathach was reputed to have been the finest warrior of her day, the MacCrimmon and MacArthur families, also living on the Isle of Skye were considered to be the masters of Piobaireachd.

www.scq.org.uk/songs-of-the-earth
www.mdw.ac.at/isa/?PageId=5096

August 2013

Premiere of Three Dances for Diana Nemorensis for viola

Diana Mathews will be giving the first performance of Diana Nemorensis in the Lunchtime Concert Series at St. James’ Church, Piccadilly on 19 August. The piece was written especially for Diana and is based on the Romano-Greek tripartite representation of Diana-Selene-Hecate. The concert will include premieres by Michael Alec Rose and Blai Soler alongside preludes by Corelli, Albinoni, Torelli and Purcell, and Paul Patterson’s ‘Tides of Mananan’.

www.diana-mathews.co.uk/events/recital-at-st-james-piccadilly

PRS funding award for a new solo work for pianist Ian Pace

August 2013

PRS funding award for a new solo work for pianist Ian Pace

Sadie’s new work for Ian Pace has been supported by funds from the Performing Rights Society. The piece, entitled The Return of the Nightingales will receive its premiere as part of the Late Music Festival in York this Autumn. Ian’s recital will celebrate Frederic Rzewski's 75th birthday, and will include the world premiere of a new work, as well as his Fantasia and the intriguing Steptangle for solo piano and foot stamps. The concert will also feature Rhian Samuel's recent Mechanical and Fantastical Studies, and a new work by the Belgian composer Philippe A. G. R. Janssens.

The impetus behind Sadie’s work has changed somewhat from initial ideas since she received a DVD from ethnomusicologist John Baily. Using Rzewski’s groundbreaking politico-musical statements as a starting point, the piece will explore the ways that traditional Afghan material can be incorporated effectively and sensitively into the gamut of the piano’s timbres and temperament. The photograph here was taken by Veronica Doubleday - two Afghan boys in Kabul after the expulsion of the Taliban (2001, Kabul Nanderi - Kabul Theatre which contained a music school.

Along with the rose, the nightingale is one of the principal images used in classical Afghan poetry and song. Drawing on a still-vivid memory of Ian’s staggering performance of Scriabin’s trill-saturated Tenth Sonata at the Wigmore Hall (also in 2001), the new piece is conceived as a gradual accumulation of birdsong and trills interlaced with fragments of Afghan melodies, increasingly ecstatic and resonant - a tribute to Rzewski’s important socio-historical works of the 1970s and to the resilience of the young Afghan musicians and their teachers, exploring our musical heritage and reclaiming their own.

More information about the fantastic work being done at the Afghanistan National Institute for Music can be found at www.afghanistannationalinstituteofmusic.org.

The school’s mottos are:
BUILD LIVES THROUGH MUSIC
REVIVE AND PRESERVE AFGHAN MUSIC
TRAIN FUTURE MUSIC EDUCATORS
ESTABLISH INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
ASSURE MUSICAL RIGHTS

Pre-concert talk by Frederic Rzewski tbc, 6.45pm.
3rd August 2013, 7.30pm, Unitarian Chapel, York
Ian Pace (piano)
Late Music Festival
Frederic Rzewski at seventy-five: a celebration concert
www.latemusic.org/august-2013

World Premiere of New Work for Ian Pace

August 2013

World Premiere of New Work for Ian Pace

Sadie will be writing a new work for Ian Pace as part of the Late Music Festival in York this Autumn. The piano recital will celebrate Frederic Rzewski's 75th birthday, including the world premiere of a new work, as well as his Fantasia and the intriguing Steptangle for solo piano and foot stamps. The recital will also feature Rhian Samuel's recent Mechanical and Fantastical Studies, and a new work by the Belgian composer Philippe A. G. R. Janssens. Sadie’s work, written as a birthday
homage, will be a meditation on the lesser known and most delicate of Rzewski's works, such as 'Dust' or 'Moonrise'; a set of quiet, quirky variations.

Pre-concert talk by Frederic Rzewski tbc, 6.45pm.
Sat 3rd August 2013, 7.30pm WORLD PREMIERE
Unitarian Chapel, York
New work for solo piano (2013)
Ian Pace (piano)
Late Music Festival
Frederic Rzewski at seventy-five: a
celebration concert
www.latemusic.org/august-2013

World Premiere at Ripon Cathedral (July 2013)

July 2013

World Premiere at Ripon Cathedral

Thursday 18th July 2013, 1.15pm
Lunchtime Concert Series at Ripon Cathedral
'Shadows: Six Portraits of William Baines' for solo piano (2013)
Duncan Honeybourne (piano)

Sadie and Duncan have been working together for the past months on a project inspired by the extraordinary piano music of the little known Yorkshire composer William Baines. Baines died in 1922 at the age of 23 but left behind a substantial catalogue of over 150 works. Likened to that of Scriabin, Baines’ piano music is sensuous, highly coloured and quite unlike anything being written by his British contemporaries. Shadows (Volume I) are reflections on episodes from Baines’ life and diary entries, each piece incorporating a chord, a gesture or a figuration from one of Baines’ solo piano works. It is particularly fitting that the set will receive its premiere in Baines’ home city, in the fabulous surroundings of Ripon Cathedral.

The movements are entitled:

I ..waiting.. 11 Shepstye Road, Horbury, Yorkshire, 26 March 1899 (Baines’ birth)
II Horbury Co-op Cinema 1912: Ghosts (Baines’ time as a silent movie pianist)
III '..out into the lonely grey..' August 11th 1921 (boat trip around Baines’ beloved Flamborough Head)
IV 'Tomorrow I shall be in khaki.' (Baines was conscripted into the RAF on 4 October 1917)
V '..after I had played le Rossignol..' (Baines’ last piano recital on March 28th 1922)
VI ..waiting.. 91 Albemarle Road, The Mount, York (Baines died at home on 6 November 1922).

sites.google.com/site/williambainescomposer
www.duncanhoneybourne.com

World Premiere of Hantu

June 2013

World Premiere of Hantu for double bass and piano

Sadie’s new piece for double bass and piano entitled ‘Hantu’ will be performed by Nick Lum at Wells Cathedral School on 23 June 2013 at 7.30. The work was written as part of a first prize, awarded to Nick after a double bass recital competition earlier this year at Wells. The title means ghost in Malaysian (Nick is from Kuala Lumpar), with the piano transformed into a westernised gamelan orchestra with ‘gongs, kendang (drums) and bamboo flutes’. The music is often highly repetitive with rhythmic and pitch cycles used to imitate the particular structure of much traditional gamelan music.

The double bass is often used in its highest, lyrical range singing out fragments from a Malaysian song entitled Anak Indung. This song is heard over the top of the ‘procession music’, an attempt to dispel the evil spirits through the beauty of song. At other times, it becomes part of the darkly menacing procession and dance of the spirits (as seen at the annual Malaysian Festival of the Hungry Ghosts).

The piece was commissioned by the Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School and is published by Recital Music. Inset (L to R): John Moxom (FMWCS), David Heyes and Nic Lum.

www.recitalmusic.net

June 2013

Sadie Performs at The Brecon Folk Festival, June 2013

Sadie will be playing a set of her own arrangements of British folksongs in a series of informal concerts as part of the Brecon Folk Festival this year. Her father, Powell Harrison will be singing accompanied by Richard Dunn (double bass). The arrangements for the trio were finished in 2012 and receive their world premiere during the festival. ‘A host of artists also appearing at Brecon Folk between the two feature concerts covers the wide range of talent across the Folk Spectrum - including Blind River Scare, Dan James, Alan Cooper, Rarething, Scribble Man, Laurie and The Druid, Fanfare of Strumpets and Heed The Thunder. Nashville veteran Gary Hall will play songs from his new album and recount anecdotes from his long years at the heart of the American scene with legends such as Garth Brooks and Townes Van Zandt. These events and the Open Mic and Trad Folk sessions are all free entry.’
www.breconfolk.co.uk

Sun 23rd-25th June 2013 WORLD PREMIERES
Brecon Festival of Folk Music (various locations)
Arrangements of a Collection of British folksongs (2013)
Powell Harrison (baritone), Sadie Harrison (piano), Richard Dunn (double bass)
Brecon, South Wales

Tattie Bogle

May 2013

An evening with folk group - Tattie Bogle

A great night with friends and musicians at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre on 4 May raising funds for the Plymouth Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit. Music from the brilliant Tattie Bogle (John and Margaret Cluett - vocals, squeezebox, mouth organ, guitar for starters), the brilliant Sam Sky on mandoline and bouzouki with foot-controlled organ pedals and drums, recorder duos, piano solos, poetry readings. Richard Dunn on double bass and Sadie on keyboards lowered the tone with some classical pieces by Keyper, Capuzzi, Gavin Bryars, Teppo Hauta-aho, Grovlez and little Theo’s Lullaby written for her grandson. (L-R: Richard Dunn, Margaret Cluett, Sadie Harrison, John Cluett, Sam Sky)

Diana Mathews

May 2013

A new work for solo Viola for Diana Mathews

Sadie is currently working with the brilliant young viola player, Diana Mathews, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music recently. The piece, written especially for Diana is based on the tripartite representation of Diana-Selene-Hecate: Diana Nemorensis (as seen in this denarius minted by Publius Accoleius Lariscolus in September–December 43 B.C.)

The second movement, ‘Hecate’ was workshopped by Diana at the RAM Caprices Project Soundbox Event on 3 May 2013.

www.diana-mathews.co.uk

UK Premiere of ‘Via Della Fortuna’

May 2013

UK Premiere of ‘Via Della Fortuna’ at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

Via della Fortuna will receive its UK premiere at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival on 10 May 2013 in the Urdd Hall, Wales Millennium Centre during the St. Christopher Orchestra’s tour to the UK. The work will be played as part of a Composer’s Workshop, featuring three other works by Welsh composers, with scores selected by the conductor Donatas Katkus. valeofglamorganfestival.org.uk

New publications with Recital Music

May 2013

New publications with Recital Music (2012-ongoing)

For the past few months Sadie has been working with the fabulous virtuoso double bassist, David Heyes (below) and publishing house Recital Music. Several works for double bass solo, duo, and small ensembles incorporating the double bass have been taken on by RM, several as part of Fizz @ 50 (a set of 50 newly commissioned works for beginners to advanced students). This fruitful relationship has resulted in a large number of performances of pieces by students from Wells Cathedral School during 2012, with several more scheduled during 2013.
www.recitalmusic.net/ index.php

"Recital Music is one of the most active and important publishers of double bass music...providing excellent products and a vital service to the bass community." [Bass World / International Society of Bassists)

Tues 6th August 2013
Silk Mill, Frome, Somerset
Theo's Lullaby for 2 double basses and piano (2013)
Harlequinade for 2 double basses and piano (2013)
David Heyes/Richard Dunn (double bass), Sadie Harrison (piano)
Bass-Fest, 3-7 August 2013

www.recitalmusic.net/spweb/content.php?contentid=351

May 2013

Works Selected By Trinity Guildhall Examination Board 2012-14

Sadie was delighted to hear that two of her works for double bass and piano were taken by Trinity for their Examination syllabus. Pantaloon’s Lament from the suite Harlequinade (Grade 6) and ‘Theo’s Lullaby’ (Grade 2) will be in the syllabus until 2014.
www.recitalmusic.net

World Premiere of ‘Via Della Fortuna’

April 2013

World Premiere of ‘Via Della Fortuna’ in Vilnius, Lithuania

Continuing a long-term collaboration with the fabulous musicians from Lithuania, the St. Christopher Orchestra (conductor Donatus Katkus) will be premiering Sadie’s string orchestra piece Via della Fortuna on 25 April this year in Vilnius at the extraordinary church of St. Katharine.

The piece's title is named after one of the principal streets of Pompeii, with each movement or 'house'- ‘Casa di Caccia Antica' (The House of the Ancient Hunt), 'Casa degli Amorini Dorati' (The House of the Golden Cupids), 'Casa del poeta tragico' (The House of the tragic poet) being visited by a pair of walkers (violas). The programme will also feature works by Kutavičius,Bartulis and Tamulionis.
www.kristoforas.lt

Collaboration with Violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved

March 2013

Collaboration with Violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved (2012-ongoing)

This year will see a number of performances of Sadie’s extended set of solo violin pieces written especially for Peter during 2012. The pieces are entitled Gallery - a response to Peter’s own extraordinary paintings and sketches. A selection of the pieces have already been played all over Europe, but the complete set will be have its world premiere in Nashville later this year as part of the Blair School of Music ‘Night Cap’ series where it will be recorded for later broadcast. Sadie will be taking part in the Royal Academy of Music’s Soundbox Series with Peter and composer Paul Osterfield in March, where she will be
discussing the process of writing for solo violin.

The extraordinary photo was taken during a performance of Sadie’s Bavad khair baqi! in Brno.
www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2011/06/sadie-harrison/

Tue 12th March 2013, 12.30pm
Piano Gallery, Royal Academy of Music
Gallery (a selection) for solo violin (2012-13)
Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin)
Soundbox Series: a free event in a series inspired by the Academy’s museum and collections.

Sat 1st June 2013
Grieg's music room at Troldhaugen
Gallery (a selection) for solo violin (2012-13)
Peter Sheppard Skærved (vln)
Bergen International Festival 2013
Bergen Festspillene

Thu 12th September 2013
Turner Recital Hall, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Gallery for solo violin
Peter Sheppard Skaerved (vln)
Part of the Blair School of Music 'Nightcap' series

March 2013

Wells Cathedral Sschool Competition Adjudication

Sat 23 March 2013, 2-5.30pm
Sadie has been invited to adjudicate a double bass performance competition at Well’s Cathedral School. Sadie will be writing a specially commissioned work as part of the winner’s prize.
www.wellscathedralschool.org

International World Premiere in Lithuania

November 2012

International World Premiere in Lithuania

Following her extensive work with Lithuanian musicians in 2005-7 (leading to the release of a highly acclaimed NMC disc ‘An Unexpected Light’), Sadie has recently been revisiting ideas based on the folk culture and contemporary poets of the Northern Caucasus, in particular, those of Lithuania. This has resulted in a new work for the inspiring duo, Rusne Mataityte (violin) and Sergej Okrushko (piano) ...in small things remembered.. which was premiered at the Kaunas Contemporary Music Festival ‘Is Arti’ in 2012.

Earlier in the year, Rusne gave a further performance of Sadie’s concerto for violin, percussion and strings An Unexpected Light as part of her own 50th birthday celebrations in Vilnius (pictured above). The work was performed to a packed house by the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the indefatigable Donatus Katkus.

Sadie is currently working on a piano concerto for Sergej and the St. Christopher Orchestra, based on materials associated with Romuva, the ancient pagan religion of Lithuania.

Review of ‘NMC D125’: Journal of the Lithuanian Music Society (July 2008)

‘This CD is a great gift to the Lithuanian culture. These suggestive, dramatic, deeply felt pieces that convey the feeling of immense space, the smoky depths of Lithuanian landscape, picturesque and touching, -- are true revelations indeed. We witness a spiritual connection at the highest level, which transcends all geographical and cultural boundaries. The past -- with its refined and intensely pure musical language -- appears to be in constant struggle with the present and, perhaps, even the future. Not so much a picture of doom but more of a fruitful, if at times fateful, dialog between modernity and tradition. In contrast, the ends of several of the pieces tend to lighten up and often capture an extraordinary light emerging from the depth of the Lithuanian tunes.

There is another lesson in this testament to our culture. Our authentic musical heritage is immensely vital and capable of giving to people of different cultures spectacular spiritual gifts -- to inspire, elevate and present with the whole range of values, -- the values that we ourselves, unfortunately, tend to forget too often.’

CD Recording with Pianist Duncan Honeybourne

November 2012

CD Recording with Pianist Duncan Honeybourne 2013

Last year, Duncan gave the premiere of Sadie’s set of piano pieces Lunae: Four Nocturnes at the Bournemouth Piano Festival, subsequently touring the pieces across the UK. In the concert was a brief nocturne by William Baines, from his set ‘Twilight Pieces’. Together, Sadie and Duncan have devised a programme of works by herself and Baines, which, though separated by nearly one hundred years, share similar inspirations, and indeed, some similarities of language. Baines, who died at 23 in 1922, was a true revolutionary, a Yorkshire Scriabin! The programme will be recorded for CD later this year to be released on Divine Art.

New Work Included in the Latest ABRSM Spectrum Series

November 2012

New Work Included in the Latest ABRSM Spectrum Series 2012

Thalia Myer’s fantastic Spectrum Series has just added a volume for piano duet, launched at a tremendous concert given by Thalia Myers, Timothy Salter and students from the Royal Academy of Music in London last October.

Sadie contributed a work for the series entitled Fireclouds over Szazhalombatta which draws on he

r archaeological work on a Bronze Age tell site on the banks of the Danube. The piece mimics the processes of fire-clouding in a kiln and also refers to the extraordinary storms that sweep over the Carpathian Basin, turning skies from brilliant blue to black in seconds.
shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/ABRSM-Spectrum-for-Piano-Duet/2068801