In June of this year, Robert Plane will be recording a new disc with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. The disc will include premiere recordings of clarinet concerti by three twentieth-century British composers, building on both Martyn’s and Rob’s continuing advocacy of British music.
On September 12th and 13th, Robert Plane, Ittai Shapira and BBC National Orchestra of Wales make the premiere recording of ‘Midnight’s Children’, a double concerto for violin and clarinet by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira.
This composition is inspired by Salman Rushdie’s novel, Midnight’s Children, which examines questions of loss and political violence. Read more
The Ferio Saxophone Quartet perform ‘Best of British’ on Sunday 23 April at 3.00pm at St John’s Smith Square, London, as part of their St John’s Young Artists’ Scheme Award. Featuring works by Edward Elgar, Gary Carpenter, Michael Nyman and Will Gregory, their programme opens with William Byrd’s Ave Verum Coprus, considered by many to be Byrd’s finest work.
‘Best of British’ also features two world premieres: Read more
We are thrilled to announce that Ferio Saxophone Quartet has signed with Chandos Records to record the ensemble’s debut commercial CD!
This Friday, in a special episode of In Tune broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon in front of a studio audience, Sean Rafferty launches Radio 3’s Shakespeare Anniversary weekend: Sounds of Shakespeare. The event, which can also be heard on BBC Radio 3, opens with the world premiere performance of Roxanna Panufnik’s Love Sought, for which Rachel Roberts (viola) is joined by mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and pianist James Baillieu. Read more
As part of a weekend of talks and recitals exploring Gurney’s verse and music, Simon Callaghan (piano) and Midori Komachi (violin) have been invited to give an afternoon recital which includes Delius’ Sonata no 3, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and works by Ivor Gurney, Holst and Ian Venables.
As part of their concert, Simon and Midori are excited to be giving the premiere performance of a single slow movement from a projected Sonata by Ivor Gurney that may now be lost or, perhaps, was never written. Gurney simply referred to it as ‘Slow Movement – Sonata in F for Violin’ – an Andante movement in the key of A minor, composed between (1919 – 21), beyond which nothing more is known. The composer wrote five Violin Sonatas in total; two in 1910 (before he attended the Royal College of Music) and three after the First World War.
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