Performances 2014

Events update November 2014

Clare Hammond: Panufnik 100 and Radio 3 broadcast

Sunday 30 November sees the culmination of the Panufnik centenary with Panufnik 100, co-curated by Clare and the Brodsky Quartet. Clare performs piano solos, songs and Andrzej Panufnik's Piano Trio with Heather Shipp, mezzo soprano, and members of the Brodsky Quartet at 2.30pm and cabaret with Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood and the Brodsky Quartet at 9pm. 

Clare's summer 2014 concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's ‘Afternoon on 3' this week. Clare performed Rangstrom: Malarlegender and Sibelius: The Trees op. 75. 

Thomas Simaku: King's Place premiere and Beijing visit

Thomas Simaku is currently in Beijing where his The Flight of the Eagle for solo piano will receive its Chinese premiere performed by Joseph Houston as part of the ‘International Music Week' on 26 November 2014. 
Thomas will give a series of lectures and masterclasses in Hong Kong and Beijing. 
Peter Sheppard-Skaerved will premiere Thomas's virtuosic new Capriccioso for solo violin at King's Place in London, also on 26 November, as part of a concert organized by the Albanian Embassy in London.

Robert Saxton: Park Lane Group 5 January 2015
Robert is Featured Composer at this year's Park Lane Group Young Artists Series at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, on Monday 5 January.
6.15pm free pre-concert event featuring Robert Saxton in conversation with Thomas Hyde and performances by Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano; Imma Setiadi, solo piano
7.45pm Concert featuring Maxwell String Quartet and Gamal Khamis, piano. Programme includes String Quartet No. 3 and Hortus Musicae for solo piano

New London Chamber Choir: Animals! at Wilton's Music Hall 30 January 2015
Bats, birds, tigers, elephants and egrets brought to life in a programme of virtuoso a cappella works by Swayne, Banchieri, Bingham, Jannequin, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Robert Sierra and Meredith Monk. NLCC's first concert with their new Artistic Director, Matthew Hamilton.

Concert Dates summary
26 November: Thomas Simaku: Peter Sheppard-Skaeved to premiere Capriccioso for solo violin, King's Place, London
26 November: Thomas Simaku: Joseph Houston to perform The Flight of the Eagle Beijing Normal University
27 November: Clare Hammond: Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
29 November: Stephen Upshaw: final tour performance Guest Principal Viola with Rambert Dance Company in a new work by Gabriel Prokofiev, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
30 November: Clare Hammond: Panufnik 100: a family celebration, Kings Place, London
18-20 December: Stephen Upshaw: performing ‘Political Mother: Choreographer's Cut' with Hofesh Shechter Company, Theatre de la Ville, Paris
5 January 2015: Robert Saxton: Featured composer at Park Lane Group, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
17 January 2015: John Casken: Infanta Maria Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London
23 January 2015: Robert Saxton: Wo Gott zum Haus nicht geibt sein' Gunst William Whitehead, world premiere, St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Part of Orgelbuechlein project.
25 January 2015: Robert Saxton: Sonata for Brass Band after Orlando Gibbons Cory Band conducted by Philip Harper, RNCM, Manchester. Part of the RNCM Festival of Brass.
30 January 2015: New London Chamber Choir: Animals! Wilton's Music Hall

Events update October 2014

Ed Hughes: shortlisted for British Composer Awards
Ed's Hughes ‘Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey' for solo organ has been shortlisted for a British Composers Award in the Liturgical category.
‘Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey' was commissioned by Christopher Batchelor as part of the 2013 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, with funds from the PRS for Music Foundation. ‘Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey' was premiered by Michael Waldron at St Pancras Parish Church and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. An excerpt of the work, which lasts 10 minutes, can be heard on the BASCA nomination page. A longer extract is available on Ed's website
Ed says ‘This work is in memory of Jonathan Harvey who I assisted as amanuensis on his final choral composition in summer 2012, ‘Plainsongs for Peace and Light'. My work refers to two Harvey pieces - quoting plainsong in ‘Plainsong for Peace and Light' and a chord pattern from ‘The Angels' (1995).
The news follows two previous nominations for Hughes:

‘New Media' in 2005 for ‘Memory of Colour', his Brighton / Sydney Festival collaboration with Japanese textile artist Teruyoshi Joshida; film of the Brighton Festival performance here

‘Sonic Art' in 2008 for ‘Auditorium', an orchestral score commissioned by Glyndebourne and Photoworks to a Sophy Rickett film, premiered live at Glyndebourne in 2007. Subsequent installation venues included the De La Warr Pavilion, Tate Modern, and galleries in Modena, Turin, Alsace and Tokyo. Further info here

Stephen Upshaw: Sound Festival with Sounding Motion
Violist Stephen Upshaw will premiere Michael Finnissy's ‘Seven Pavans' as part of Sounding Motion's programme ‘Immersion in Place' at the Sound festival at the Citymoves Studio in Aberdeen on Sunday 26 October. 

Robert Saxton: CD Launch: Shakespeare Scenes
‘PSALM - contemporary British trumpet concertos' is released on Signum on 10 November and features Robert's ‘Shakespeare Scenes' and his 1992 trumpet concerto ‘Psalm - A Song of Ascents' performed by trumpeter Simon Desbruslais and the Orchestra of the Swan conducted by David Curtis and Kenneth Woods. 

New London Chamber Choir: Tavener Premiere
The New London Chamber Choir joined the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices at the Barbican, London on 28 September for the world premiere performance of John Tavener's ‘Flood of Beauty' conducted by Martyn Brabbins. ‘Flood of Beauty' was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is still available on the iPlayer
Future plans include Animals! at Wiltons Music Hall on 30 January 2015, NLCC's launch concert with their new Musical Director, Matthew Hamilton.

Concert Dates summary
26 October: Stephen Upshaw solo viola and world premiere of Michael Finnissy's ‘Seven Pavans' with Sounding Motion, Sound Scotland Festival
1 November: Thomas Simaku: ‘Qenke Vishur me te bardha' (Dressed in White) Cornell University Chorus
1 November: Japanese premiere of Robert Saxton ‘Chacony' by Prof. Yasuko Tasumi, Kyoto Concert Hall
11 November: Robert Saxton ‘Hortus Musicae' at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Gamal Khamis, piano
12 November: John Casken: ‘Sacrificium' for organ and ‘Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis', Durham Cathedral Choir, Durham Cathedral
15 November: Robert Saxton: ‘Sonata for Brass Band on a Prelude of Orlando Gibbons' - world premiere by City of Cambridge Brass Band
15 November: Clare Hammond, piano: Part, Metcalf, Woolrich, Panufnik and Tabakova, Vale of Glamorgan Festival, St Davids Hall, Cardiff
30 November: Clare Hammond: Panufnik 100: a family celebration, Kings Place, London

Events update September 2014

Ed Hughes: John Donne and ‘A Buried Flame' in Ghent 14 September
The Aquarius Chamber Choir will give the world premiere performance of ‘Three Poems of John Donne' in Ghent on Sunday 14 September, part of a projected larger work for chorus and soloist exploring Donne's sensuous early poems alongside his later sermons.
Aquarius will also perform Ed Hughes's ‘A Buried Flame', following their performance as part of the ISCM World Music Days in 2012. ‘A Buried Flame' sets poems written by detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

Clare Hammond: Panufnik: Polish tour and CD reviews
Clare recently gave her debut recital at the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw this summer and will return in October under the auspices of the British Council's Artists' International Development Fund to give performances of Panufnik's piano Concerto in Kalisz and Lublin.
Clare's CD ‘Reflections', featuring the complete solo piano works of Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik, received outstanding reviews and was nominated as an ‘International Piano Choice' and awarded 5 stars by Diapason. 

Robert Saxton: Vexilla Regis and Piano Sonata
The Choir of Merton College, Oxford celebrates its 750th Anniversary with the world premiere of Robert's ‘Vexilla Regis' on 15 September in Oxford. Also on 15 September pianist Maria Setiadi will perform Robert's Piano Sonata at St James's Piccadilly.

John Casken: The Dream of the Rood: Netherlands tour
The Hilliard Ensemble perform John Casken's ‘The Dream of the Rood' as part of their final tour. Following a performance with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Brinkburn Festival, The Hilliards give three performances with Asko | Schoenberg conducted by Clark Rundell in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Den Haag. 

Concert Dates summary
14 September: Ed Hughes world premiere of ‘Three Poems of John Donne' and ‘A Buried Flame' in Ghent, Aquarius Chamber Choir
15 September: Robert Saxton world premiere of ‘Vexilla Regis', Merton College, Oxford
15 September: Robert Saxton ‘Piano Sonata', St James's Piccadilly, London, Maria Setiadi, piano
22 September: Clare Hammond with the Piatti Quartet, Rye Arts Festival
24-26 September: Clare Hammond: International Conference - Andrzej Panufnik and his Vision of Music
8, 9, 10 October: John Casken ‘The Dream of the Rood', Utrecht, Amsterdam, Den Haag, The Hilliard Ensemble and Asko | Schoenberg Ensemble conducted by Clark Rundell
10 October: Clare Hammond performs A Panufnik Piano Concerto, Kalisz, Poland
17 October: Clare Hammond performs A Panufnik Piano Concerto, Lublin, Poland
26 October: Stephen Upshaw solo viola and world premiere of Michael Finnissy's ‘Seven Pavans' with Sounding Motion, Sound Scotland Festival

Events update June 2014

Clare Hammond: BBC Symphony Orchestra concert
Friday 13 June at 2.30pm, Maida Vale and In Tune 30 June
Clare will perform Rangström's Mälarlegender as a solo interlude in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Swedish concert at Maida Vale Studios. After the concert she will record Sibelius's 5 Pieces for Piano - The Trees Op.75 for future broadcast.
Clare will perform live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on Monday 30 June. Future plans include masterclasses on Ligeti Etudes with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Aldeburgh Music in June.
Clare's CD ‘Reflections', featuring the complete solo piano works of Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik, was released on Monday 2 June. Download available here
Clare will celebrate Andrzej Panufnik's centenary this autumn with a major tour of Poland.

John Casken: This Subtle Knot: world and London premieres
Wednesday 11 June and Friday 13 June 2014
John Casken's double concerto ‘That Subtle Knot', written for violinist Thomas Zehetmair and violist Ruth Kilius, will be premiered by the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage on 11 June 2014 and at Milton Court in London on 13 June. Info here and here

Ed Hughes: Shakespeare Songs premiere 5 August;
Buried Flame in Ghent 14 September
‘Against that time.... Against my love', a setting of three Shakespeare sonnets, will be premiered by mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge, violist Garfield Jackson and pianist Duncan Glenday on Tuesday 5 August in Ambleside Parish Church as part of the Lake District Summer Music Festival.
The Belgian Aquarius Chamber Choir will perform Ed Hughes's ‘A Buried Flame' in Ghent on 14 September, following their performance as part of the ISCM World Music Days in 2012.

Thomas Simaku: Concerto for Orchestra broadcast
Thomas Simaku's Lutoslawski Prize-winning ‘Concerto for Orchestra' was broadcast in full on Portuguese radio on 7 April and is still available for online listening here

The broadcast was of the live world premiere at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 2013.

Concert Dates summary
11 June: John Casken: world premiere of double concerto ‘That Subtle Knot' at the Sage, Gateshead
13 June: Clare Hammond: concert with BBC Symphony Orchestra at Maida Vale
13 June: John Casken: London premiere of ‘That Subtle Knot'
18-24 June: Clare Hammond masterclasses with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Aldeburgh Music
30 June: Clare Hammond: interview and performances for BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune'
5 August: Ed Hughes world premiere at Lake District Summer Music
16 August: Stephen Upshaw at Lucern Festival Academy
14 September: Ed Hughes ‘A Buried Flame' in Ghent, Aquarius Chamber Choir
15 September: Robert Saxton world premiere of ‘Vexilla Regis', Merton College, Oxford
25 October: Stephen Upshaw solo viola and world premiere of Michael Finnissy's ‘Seven Pavans' with Sounding Motion, Sound Scotland Festival

Events update March 2014

John Casken at 65: major premieres
Composer John Casken celebrates his 65th birthday in 2014 with a number of major projects including:
World première of Casken's oboe concerto Apollinaire's Bird with the Hallé and Stéphane Rancourt, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, 10 April 2014, Bridgewater Hall
A new recording on NMC featuring three of Casken's orchestral works
World premiere of That Subtle Knot (Double Concerto) with Royal Northern Sinfonia Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius in Gateshead and London in June 2014
European Premiere of That Subtle Knot with Thomas Zehetmair, Ruth Killius & the Camerata Salzburg in August 2014
Performances of The Dream of the Rood with Royal Northern Sinfonia, ASKO Ensemble and the Hilliard Ensemble in July and October 2014
Six performances of Casken's works at Sage Gateshead between February and August including a new work for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Stephen Upshaw: London Ear Festival
Violist Stephen Upshaw performs Murail, Kurtag and Benjamin Graves in the opening concert of the London Ear Festival 2014 then appears with the Uroboros Ensemble in the final concert on 30 March. Full details here. He performs Morton Feldman's ‘The Viola In My Life' at Cafe Oto on 29 March and returns to Vienna in April to work with Klangforum Wien. Full details of forthcoming concerts here. Stephen is founder and artistic director of music / dance collective Sounding Motion, currently in residence at Huddersfield University.

Ed Hughes: praise for ‘When the Flame Dies'

Divine Art's CD / DVD recording of Ed Hughes's opera ‘When the Flame Dies' continues to attract excellent reviews including International Record Review: ‘one of the more arresting and distinctive chamber operas to have emerged in the UK over recent years' (Richard Whitehouse). Pierre Rigaudiere in L'avant-scene Opera writes ‘The device with video and light projections is the best possible approach to this beautiful piece. Brilliant, energetic music, whose most immediately noticeable quality is its clarity... the language is open and attractive, very harmonically inventive... a production of high standing'. ‘exciting orchestral treatment... shimmering timbres' (Laurent Bury, Forum Opera). Further information here

Clare Hammond: Panufnik CD, Kings Place, Polish Tour
Clare will celebrate the centenary of composer Andrzej Panufnik's birth this year with a disc of the complete solo piano works of Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik for BIS Records. This will be released in the summer prior to a centenary tour of Poland, which will feature her debut recital at the Chopin and his Europe Festival and a recital and lecture at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Clare is also co-curating a centenary festival at Kings Place in November where she will perform alongside the Brodsky Quartet, mezzo soprano Heather Shipp and jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth. You can download the e-flyer here.
Clare is performing solo and duo works with soprano Sarah Dacey at the Gala Opening Evening of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival on Thursday 8 May, followed by a solo recital on Saturday 17 May including a world premiere by Andrew Keeling. London concerts include a Shakespeare-themed concert at Kings Place with cellist Matthew Sharp on 1 May. She continues to champion the work of UK composers with premieres throughout the year. Clare also continues her regular lecture/recitals to top UK universities with visits to York, Oxford and Sussex universities.

Robert Saxton

Baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West have just completed a UK tour featuring Robert's song cycle ‘Time and the Seasons', commissioned by the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2013. Forthcoming performances include ‘At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners' with Worcester College Choir at St John's Smith Square on 2 May, and the launch of a CD featuring trumpet concerti ‘Shakespeare Scenes' and ‘Psalm - a Song of Ascents' on Signum, performed by trumpeter Simon Desbruslais with the Orchestra of the Swan conducted by David Curtis.

New London Chamber Choir

NLCC sang the Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem as part of a sold-out performance of Ivan Putrov's Men in Motion at the London Coliseum in January conducted by Richard Bernas. They join the Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy for Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible at the Royal Festival Hall on 1 May and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Voices and the Rudolfus Choir for Mahler 8 at the Royal Festival Hall with Esa Pekka Salonen on 29 June.