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Gwyn Williams Celebratory Concert

Gwyn Williams

A concert celebrating the life of Gwyn Williams, formerly principal viola under Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and who played in the CBSO for 34 years, is to be given at Birmingham Town Hall on May 28 by the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra conducted by Julian Lloyd Webber and Michael Seal, with Yue Yu viola.

The orchestra, including Gwyn’s colleagues and friends from CBSO, will be joined by Henry Fairs and Christopher Too organ, the Contempo String Quartet (RTE quartet in residence) and sixteen International singers in music by Widor, Bruch, Howells, Vaughan Williams and Arne.

The evening, hosted by Nick Bailey, will launch The Gwyn Williams Charitable Trust For Young Viola Players. Funds raised from the concert and future events will be used to help students between 13 – 22 years studying the viola at Birmingham Conservatoire.

For more information about the concert, The Gwyn Williams Charitable Trust For Young Viola Players and future events, contact Stephannie Williams: 07768266649 or on 01789 294200 Email: swartists@gmail.com

 

BBC Concert Orchestra announces Dobrinka Tabakova as new Composer-in-Residence

Dobrinka Tabakova

The BBC Concert Orchestra has announced the appointment of Dobrinka Tabakova as its new Composer in Residence. Continuing the Orchestra’s commitment to new music, Dobrinka takes the reins from Associate Composer Guy Barker. Tabakova’s new role will see her work with the orchestra for an initial period of three years, with her first orchestral commission scheduled for the orchestra’s 2018-19 season.

As well as exploring Tabakova’s existing compositions, the role will include three orchestral commissions for the Orchestra. Tabakova will also, participate in the artistic planning and direction of the orchestra’s work, including concerts, recordings and learning projects.

Dobrinka Tabakova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1980 and has lived in London for the past 25 years. Recent compositions include ‘Immortal Shakespeare’ – a cantata for the Shakespeare 400 anniversary in 2016 and the UK New Music Biennial film collaboration ‘PULSE’. Tabakova has previously been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and Britten Sinfonia and is also Composer in Residence at Truro Cathedral.

 

 

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UK Premiere for Geoffrey Gordon

Danish cellist Toke Møldrup and US pianist Steven Beck will give the UK premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s FATHOMS Five Impressions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (with Prelude), for cello and piano on May 8 at St John’s Smith Square. They are due to record the work on the Bridge Label with Gordon’s Lorca Musica per cello solo (after Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba) (1999) and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (after Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus) (2013). Gordon has been commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra to write a concerto for their principal bass clarinet, Laurent Ben Slimane, to be premiered in 2018.

 

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Oxford Lieder Festival Advance Notice

Gustav Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna will be the focus of the Oxford Lieder Festival (October 13-28), exploring his influences, contemporaries and legacy. During this Festival, his complete songs with piano will be heard, inviting a fresh look at this ’symphonic’ composer and the enduring place of song in the musical landscape. Mahler’s choices of texts, wider artistic influences from literature to art to nature and folk music, his Jewish background in a conservative Catholic city, his encounter with Freud, his encouragement of other composers and more will all be explored over the fortnight.

Mahler’s Vienna will be placed in a wider context, tradition represented in songs of Schubert and Beethoven, an exploration of Brahms’s lieder with an in-depth look at Richard Strauss, alongside music by Hugo Wolf, Alexander Zemlinsky, Erich Korngold, Joseph Marx and others. Singers and instrumentalists scheduled to take part include Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Katarina Karnéus, Angelika Kirchschlager, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams, Imogen Cooper, the Doric String Quartet and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  Passes are on sale now from www.oxfordlieder.co.uk 01865 591276. Full Passes: £600/£510. One-week Passes: £400/£340.

 

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