World premiere of Simaku’s Herkommann Aria
The piece is based on a Czech baroque melody, Herkommann Aria, which serves as a ‘point of departure’; its character and salient intervallic properties are ‘freely elaborated into a textural format that focuses on the lyrical and echoes the remote atmosphere of the ancient melody’.
Simaku’s award-winning work Soliloquy V – Flauto Acerbo was broadcast on Austrian national radio, ORF, on 12 August 2016
The work was performed by Lorina Vallaster, who gave the Austrian premiere at Vienna Concert Hall, Schubert-Saal, in 2015. Commissioned by Christopher Orton and the BBC Performing Arts Fund, the world premiere was given at the Greenwich International Early Music Festival in 2008.
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.