Now making its 10th appearance at the Proms, Endymion will be performing with the BBC Singers for the 10:15 pm concert of Steve Reich‘s “The Desert Music” on August 13th.
They’ll once again be joined on stage by the BBC Singers’ Chief Conductor David Hill, who also conducted when the group played the same piece last October in the new hall at the Barbican, Milton Court. As David Nice wrote of that performance, “this is vibrant, thrilling music for everyone, one of the few towering works of the 1980s, and it’s destined to last.”
As with all Proms concerts, you can tune in live on BBC Radio 3 and also stream the concert online.
For more information about “The Desert Music,” which draws on the poetry of William Carlos Williams, you can check out the BBC Discovering Music documentary on the piece. Tickets are available at the BBC Proms website.
Below is a recording of the full orchestral version of the first movement with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers.
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Fourfortytwo are delighted to announce that both Endymion and the Phoenix Piano Trio have been chosen as 2015-2016 Selected Artists for the Concert Promoters Group.
The Selected Artists brochure, containing information on soloists and groups specially chosen by the Group, will be sent out in May across the country to promoters and music clubs who are members of Making Music.
Both Endymion and Phoenix are looking forward to playing for the many Making Music members up and down the country in the 2015-2016 season.
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Endymion will be performing at the BBC Proms once again in 2014: the group will be joining the BBC Singers for a late night Prom performance of Steve Reich’s “Desert Music” on August 13th.
The 10pm concert follows a very well-received performance last year at Milton Court, London’s newest concert hall. The BBC Singers’ Chief Conductor, David Hill, will conduct.
Like all Proms performances, this concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, giving all our fans, near and far, a chance to hear.
For more information about Endymion’s Proms visit and how to buy tickets, visit the Proms website.
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Endymion spent a few days in mid-March making a new recording of choral music by renowned British composer Judith Weir for independent label, Signum Records.
The beautiful Temple Church, in central London, became a studio for Endymion, the choristers of the Temple Church Choir, the BBC Singers and their conductor, David Hill, as they recorded Judith’s “Storm” and “All the Ends of the Earth”.
We don’t know a release date yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know!
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Endymion celebrated their 35th birthday in February this year, performing a weekend of concerts at Kings Place. Endymion gave the inaugural concerts at Kings Place in October 2008, so it was the perfect venue for the party.
Two of the concerts were also part of the Kings Place Top 50 Chamber Classics Unwrapped series: featuring favourite works voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. Thursday’s concert included the Brahms Horn Trio (voted no. 43), while Friday’s concert of music for harp, flute and viola featured Debussy’s Trio Sonata (no. 44).
Saturday’s third and final concert was particularly special: three founder members of Endymion gave London a Brahms-fest. Mark van de Wiel (also principal in the Philharmonia) played both of Brahms’ Clarinet Sonatas with Michael Dussek on the piano, as well as the Clarinet Trio (op. 114) joined by cellist Jane Salmon.
The audiences had a great time, and it was a pleasure to share our anniversary celebrations with them.
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Endymion recently completed a four-week long devising and performance project with Primary schools in Westminster as part of its Song Stories outreach strand. Around 120 children in Year 4 and Year 5 from St Barnabas’ Church of England Primary School and St Clement Danes Church of England Primary School in Westminster, London took part in a series of workshops based upon the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the opera Orfeo by Monteverdi. The workshops were led by the spirited Animateur John Barber, and supported by musicians from Endymion and the Royal Academy of Music. Students from the Academy were involved to participate in the project to gain work experience and to absorb and refine their outreach and education skills.
The project, called I am Orfeo, enabled the children at both schools to devise and compose their own songs around the story of Orpheus, and rehearse them to perform at a gala concert. They also had a chance to learn about the instruments from the quartet of Endymion musicians (percussion, clarinet, cello and violin) and watch mini-performances by these solo instruments and in duos.
Both schools came together on Thursday 13th March at St Clement Danes Church in Aldwych, central London, to perform the complete story of Orfeo, with arrangements of Monteverdi by John Barber and interspersed with performances by Endymion. The two schools sang one massed song all together, and their own original songs based on the story. The event was a huge success, with parents and public attending, and a wonderful sharing experience between the two schools and the musicians from Endymion and the Royal Academy.
Endymion is incredibly grateful to the many trusts who supported this work, in particular the Ernest Cook Trust and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, without which it would not have been possible.