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.
Please do look out for this award-winning, vibrant string quartet and if you would like to hear them in concert, please see their forthcoming engagements here. Building on their many successes to date, and the high regard in which they are already held, they have a fantastic, long career ahead of them; we are very excited to be able to work with them. The members of the quartet are Amy Tress and William Newell (violins), Alistair Vennart (viola) and Stephanie Tress (cello).
As part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales's 90th birthday celebrations during 2018, the orchestra's concert on 28th March will includes two world premieres, each written by a welsh composer. Mark Boden’s Clarinet Concerto has been written for BBC NOW Principal Clarinet, Robert Plane and Guto Puw’s Camouflage: a BBC Radio 3 and Ty Cerdd Commission.
The Hertfordshire Festival of Music presents a week of concerts and events place between June 10 and 16, inspired by the theme 'The Music of Fantasy, Folklore and Fable'. On Friday 15th June the Galliard Ensemble and actor Matthew Sharp perform a dramatisation of James Francis Brown's Heralds Of Good Fortune.
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
On Saturday 24th June, Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio perform at Gregynog Festival at Chirk Castle in a concert linked to this beautiful location's history.
Rowland - pictured above with the Guarneri del Gesu - says:
"I am delighted, excited and honoured to be given this beautiful violin on loan from the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation. It's the 1736 'ex-Rode' Guarneri del Gesu. It's a violin with an incredible history and I'm hugely looking forward to discovering all the secrets hidden within! My big thanks to Frits Schutte and to all at the foundation for making this possible!"
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
Rachel Roberts, one of Europe’s leading violists, performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. Rachel has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi and Andras Schiff, performing concertos with the Kolnphilharmonie and the Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland, amongst others. Read more
We are thrilled to announce that Ferio Saxophone Quartet has signed with Chandos Records to record the ensemble’s debut commercial CD!
Tickets and further information here
són continues to present concerts in the Turner Sims concert hall and also makes its debut in the breath-taking surroundings and acoustically stunning Romsey Abbey, one of Hampshire’s architectural jewels on 18 March 2017 at 7.30pm.
Bach Italian Concerto BWV971
On Sunday 8th December, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet give the first of three concerts, as part of their St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme award.
Daniel Rowland’s life-long passion for George Enescu’s work, combined with the vibrancy of his and Natacha Kudritskaya’s playing, is beautifully presented in their new duo disc featuring three out of the four works Enescu wrote for violin and piano. Read more
Using the only remaining copies of the manuscripts - kindly lent by the Coke Estate - Simon Callaghan and Edward Taylor have made new performing editions of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Concerti and it is these freshly-edited scores that will be used in the recording to be released in November 2017 as part of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Series.
We are delighted to announce that Timothy Orpen has been appointed Principal Clarinet in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and will take up the position in October.
Robert is in the studio today and tomorrow, to record ‘The Hungarian Clarinet’ in collaboration Alec Frank-Gemmill, David Adams and the Gould Piano Trio. This recording for Champs Hill Records explores the huge variety of music for clarinet to have emerged from Hungary in the past 100 years.
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