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Throughout the night at Tate Modern

Professional musicians and those who’ve experienced homelessness will perform Gavin Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet throughout the night at Tate Modern on April 12 – with Gavin Bryars, Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields, Streetwise Opera, Southbank Sinfonia, Tate Modern, The West London Mission and The Connection at St Martin’s.

This new 12-hour version is the first time Bryars’ work, upon an unknown homeless man’s refrain, is being performed by people who have experienced homelessness. With usual concert etiquette relaxed and free entry, this will be the most accessible concert in the Academy’s history.

Venables Premiere

The world premiere of Ian Venables' new Requiem will take place at in London at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street on Tuesday July 2, performed by the choral group Evoke conducted by Victoria Ely. 

Ekele: A Celebration of African Art Music

A collaboration between AMI5 (Institute of Art & Music) and London-based artistic director-pianist Rebeca Omordia, explores and presents music from The Global South, dedicated to the spirit of composer/musicologist Fela Sowande (1905-1987), straddling the bridge between Western Classical music and elements of traditional African music.

Concerts at the October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St WC1 (phone: 020 7242 7367) include:

  • The South African Double Bass, May 2nd with Leon Bosch, double-bass and Rebeca Omordia, featuring Michael Viljoen – Canticles of Peace; Peter Klatzow – Isipho for double bass and piano*, David Earl – Old Nectar for double bass and piano* (*world premieres) and McLachlan - Sonatina (double bass and piano)
  • The African Pianism on June 20, a Recital by Adam Heron, includes: Nketia - Volta Fantasy; Bartók - Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 56; Akin Euba - Wakar Duru; Albéniz - Iberia, Cuaderno 1.

Inaugural Master Music Piano Festival Watford

June 2019 sees the inaugural Master Music Piano Festival & Competition at Clarendon Muse Watford, promoting local talent by offering young musicians a platform to participate in fine music-making. Featuring recitals by leading pianists Ji Liu, Nicholas McCarthy, Artur Cimirro and Michael Harvey, the Master Music Festival hosts competitions for all levels of performing ability, plus a special Children’s Concert.Alongside core repertoire, the featured artists will showcase original compositions and arrangements, with published music available.

The Festival is the brainchild of Benjamin Williams, Director of Master Music Publications, who commented:“It has been very exciting and a great privilege to bring these incredibly talented international artists together for this unique festival that all can enjoy”.

Details available at: www.mastermusicpublications.com/product/festival_2019.

Vale of Glamorgan Festival 50th Anniversary 2019

Highlights include the Welsh debut of the Armida String Quartet, featuring a new work by Robert Fokkens; over 30 World premieres during the year, 14 Festival commissions, 20 works by Welsh composers; Graham Fitkin performing two world premieres for prepared piano; the New York-based Sandbox Percussion quartet, plus ‘Astrid’ - the Dutch Street Organ - in St David’s Hall and in open spaces across South Wales. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ concert includes a Festival commission by Mark David Boden and the Welsh premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra.

For further information visit: valeofglamorganfestival.org.uk - email Caroline Tress: vogfestival@outlook.com.

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson’s Bergliot in two settings

International Grieg specialist Beryl Foster presents two settings of the dramatic poem by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, relating the murder of a Norwegian nobleman and his son around 1050 AD from the point of view of the wife and mother, Bergliot. Edvard Grieg’s melodrama will be performed by actress Kara Wilson with pianist Lydia Melleck.

Before Grieg’s version, Danish composer Peter Heise had set the poem for mezzo-soprano and piano, to be performed by Ms Foster and pianist Paul Gobey. Both settings make the most of the text’s dramatic and lyrical possibilities as Bergliot moves from fear to anger, sorrow and finally acceptance. This is almost certainly the first time the two versions will have been heard on the same occasion.

The performance, presented by the Grieg Society of Great Britain, is at the Norwegian Church, St. Olav’s Square, Albion Street, London SE16 on Saturday, April 6 at 3.30pm. Tickets (including tea) £20 (£15 for Grieg Society members/concessions) from griegsocietygb@gmail.com or 0208 691 1910, or on the door.

 

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