Friday, June 16, 2006

"I can Sing and Speak in many Sorts of Music"

This quotation from 12th Night of Shakespeare's is the title of my upcoming concert presentation at the Royal Academy of Music. This is the composer’s equivalent to a finals recital and will take place at the Academy in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall on Monday 26th June at 6.30 pm.

I am delighted to have the entire Year Out Drama Company making the journey down from Stratford-upon-Avon to the event, who will be singing two pieces of mine, a setting of Shakespeare’s 130th Sonnet, My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun, and Mirroring the Voice, a riotous concoction of musical theatre, opera, barbershop, jazz, pop and more besides! As a special treat, they will also be performing the glorious Act 1 finale to Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim’s great musical from the early 1980s.

Alongside this will be another chance to hear a selection from my song cycle, It was only the Angels who Sang, with words by Adam Goodyer and performed by many of the work’s original interpreters. The three songs chosen will feature some of the work’s most violent and lyrical passages, by way of emphasising the binding element that links the whole concert – music and theatre.

The event is free, and should last for about an hour.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Spaces and Places: COMA @ Spitalfields 17th June

Shamefully long time since I updated this. The London Sinfonietta gig was a great success - it's great to hear such brilliant performances when the players have only run through the pieces three times before the gig itself!

The next concert will be on June 17th, as part of the Spitalfields Festival. My piece, Sunday Afternoon on Radcliffe Square has been selected for performance in the COMA Ensemble's (that's Contemporary Music for Amateurs - not sure if the acronym is supposed to be ironic!) contribution to this year's festival. The piece is written using an open score, so the instrumental line-up is dependent on who shows up on the day - from experience in rehearsals, there are normally a helluva lot of cellos and the odd enthusiastic wind player. There's also an evil piano part in it!

It should be an excellent concert though, and the players commit to their work with an energy and enthusiasm that put most professional musicians to shame. They'll also be premiering specially commissioned works by other composers far more emminent than myself. I believe Michael Nyman may feature, but I could well be making that up. So it'll be well worth checking out.

Being free, the price is right.

Christ Church, Spitalfields (near Liverpool St Tube) @ 7pm, 17th June.