A selection of the best Music Festival world premieres from 2014-2019, featuring composers including Jonathan Dove, Judith Weir and John Tavener.
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Kidane, Higgins & Dove – Chamber Music
Three world premieres: Daniel Kidane ‘Jungle’ performed by Piano 4 Hands in 2017, ‘Gursky Landscapes’ by Gavin Higgins performed by David Cohen and the Carducci Quartet in 2018, and ‘Catching Fire’ by Jonathan Dove performed by Melvyn Tan in 2016. These works were made possible thanks to the Steel Charitable Trust, the Garrick Charitable Trust, the Britten-Pears Foundation and Cheltenham Music Festival Society.
Judith Weir – The Prelude
This episode features an interview with composer Judith Weir, and the 2019 world premiere performance of ‘The Prelude’, which was premiered by the Nash Ensemble at the Pittville Pump Room. This work was commissioned by the Nash Ensemble with funds provided by a friend of the Nash, Dr Shirley Ellis, and with support from Cheltenham Music Festival Society in memory of Graham Lockwood.
John Tavener Remembered
From 2014, a special remembrance programme for John Tavener, performed in Gloucester Cathedral. ‘Scatter roses over my tears’ was given its premiere performance by the Cavaleri Quartet, and ‘Towards Silence’ was performed by the Cavaleri Quartet, joined by the Celan Quartet, the Gildas Quartet and Quatuor Hermes, with support from Arts Council England.
Composium I: Thea Musgrave
This podcast shares highlights from our inaugural 2019 Composium. Listen to Thea Musgrave‘s inspiring keynote speech, and our first panel discussion hosted by broadcaster Katy Hamilton, with speakers Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano, Zoe Martlew, cellist and composer, James Murphy, Chief Executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society and Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive of the PRS Foundation. Composium was kindly supported by Penny McCracken & John Mumford, The John S Cohen Foundation and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation. In partnership with PRS for Music and Wild Plum Arts.
Composium II: James Murphy
The second episode from our Composium day features a moving short talk from James Murphy, Chief Executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society, and our second panel session with speakers Hannah Kendall composer, Huw Watkins pianist and composer, Emma-Ruth Richards composer and Harriet Wybor, composer and Classical Relationship Manager from PRS for Music. Composium kindly supported by Penny McCracken & John Mumford, The John S Cohen Foundation and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation. In partnership with PRS for Music and Wild Plum Arts.
Zoe Martlew – Musae
In this episode, Camilla King is joined by Lucy Schaufer and Zoe Martlew to discuss creativity in lockdown, what comes next, and Zoe’s song cycle ‘Musae’, premiered at the 2019 Music Festival.
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