Rose Hall opera premiered in London
PhD composer Rose Miranda Hall and Lila Palmer have been chosen by the Helios Collective for Formations 2016 where three brand new operas (Dead Equal by Rose Hall, For the Love of Thorstein Shiver by Alex Paxton and The Yellow Wallpaper by Grace-Evangeline Mason) will be workshopped and performed in London in November. Following the success of Formations 2015, where three new operas were developed over a period of two weeks, Formations returns this year hosted by English National Opera and Kings College London with Masterclasses of the three operas run by Janis Kelly, Mark Wigglesworth, Jonathan Moore, David Poutney and Judith Weir with the final performance at ENO, Lillian Bayliss House 25th November. MA Student Caolan Keaveny has been chosen to co-direct the opera with Helena Jackson and joined the Dead Equal team in September.
Read more about Dead Equal and the Helios Collective in the latest blog post from conductor Noah Mosley https://helioscollectiveblog.
Composer – Rose Miranda Hall
Book & Lyrics – Lila Palmer
Directors – Helena Jackson & Caolan Keaveny
‘Special Treatment.’ ‘Falling standards.’ ‘Rising casualties.’ In 2016, a chorus of critical voices lamented the entry of British Servicewomen into full combat roles in the Army. But in 1916, one British woman was already fighting on the Allied frontline. Flora Sandes became a public heroine. A century later, her successors go operational.
Through the stories of three women, real and imagined, Dead Equal celebrates the courage and sacrifice of women in theatres of war, probing the cost and meaning of service; the influence of social structures, and the disruptive power of a female identity forged in blood and sweat.
Music by Thomas Simaku, Roger Marsh, James Williamson and Owen Russell has been broadcast in Chile.
Carlos Zamora has had a busy few months. In February 14th the Concerto for Recorders and Chamber Orchestra was world premiered at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall with the soloist Carmen Troncoso and the University of York Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carlos Zamora.
Works by Federico Reuben, Lynette Quek and Neil Luck are featured as part of a new album on the squib-box label exploring experimental uses of the Japanese vocal synthesis software ‘Vocaloid’. Released earlier this month, the album New Vocal Solutions (sampler) is free to stream and download here.
Originally commissioned by the London Sinfonietta in 2011 and receiving widespread critical acclaim at its premiere, Candlebird, a poignant song-cycle for baritone and ensemble setting texts by Scottish poet Don Paterson was performed by Mark Stone with the Aurora Orchestra under conductor Nicholas Collon at King’s Place, London on 7th April and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 In Concert on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm.
An event organised by the Laurence Sterne Trust in central London on Thursday March 22nd involves a good deal of York participation. Curated by musician and broadcaster David Owen Norris, the event, in St George’s Hanover Square, marks the 250th anniversary of Sterne’s funeral, which was held in that very church (also known as the Handel Church). There will be readings from Sterne’s Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey, and performances of Handel and other baroque pieces. There will also be the premiere of James Cave’s Vespers for solo recorder, which won the competition to write a piece which might represent the indescribably beautiful piece played by the troubled Maria in Sterne’s novels. The piece will be played by Carmen Troncoso. Also in the programme will be a performance of Poor Yorick by Roger Marsh. This setting of texts from Sterne’s Tristram Shandy will be performed by a reunited Hilliard Ensemble (they officially retired two years ago), boosted by tenors John Potter and Chris O Gorman.
Federico Reuben and Neil Luck were featured on Radio 3’s Hear and Now on Saturday March 3.