Onyx Brass has been awarded the maximum sum available by the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial flagship scheme. The money will go towards commissioning a new work from David Sawer to form the centrepiece of a short programme of contemporary British music that Onyx will perform across the country in 2014, in the Tour de Brass!
The New Music Biennial has made 20 awards to groups to commission new works which will be performed together in showcases at the Southbank Centre’s Festival (4-6 July 2014) and as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural programme in Glasgow (2-3 August 2014). Our project is designed to be a lot more portable and we are planning upwards of 40 free, unticketed concerts at bandstands and public spaces up and down the UK.
David Sawer’s new piece will be recorded in the summer of 2014, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and made available as a download by NMC recordings.
Soon, we’ll be getting a special website up and running, where you can keep track of the Tour de Brass!, checking on concerts in your area, and then uploading pictures, videos and reviews.
UPDATE: The Tour de Brass! has also been awarded funding by the Britten-Pears Foundation. Many thanks to them for their kind support.
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Aside from enjoying the sunshine, we’ve spent the last couple of days talking about Michel van der Aa’s new opera Sunken Garden, which recently premiered at the Barbican; the inspirational Colin Davis, who sadly died this week; and a stunning performance of La Mer by the London Symphony Orchestra, also at the Barbican.
We’ve also put together a playlist of what we’ve been listening to recently, and what we’ll be listening to as spring blooms. We’ve even put it together on Spotify for you. Hope you enjoy it!
Fourfortytwo’s Spring Playlist:
1. Copland, Appalachian Spring (NYPO/Bernstein)
2. The Knife, Shaking the Habitual
3. Mozart, Haffner Symphony No. 35 (SCO/Mackerras)
4. Byrd, Mass for Five Voices (Tallis Scholars/Phillips)
5. David Sawer, the greatest happiness principles (BBCSO/Brabbins)
Firth Hall at Sheffield University
If you haven’t been able to make it down to London to hear the Phoenix Piano trio at Wigmore Hall, then you’ll be glad to know they’re heading up to Sheffield on Tuesday. The programme includes relatively unknown trios by the British composers John Ireland (No. 3) and Thomas Dunhill, his contemporary as well as a popular work by Beethoven. The Dunhill trio is a lighter counterpart to the Ireland, which was written in 1938, just as clouds were darkening over Europe.
The second half of the programme pairs Beethoven’s “Ghost” trio – with it’s famously “spooky” sounding slow movement – and Philip Venables’ “Klaviertrio im Geiste“.
The concert, at the university’s Firth Hall, is at 7.30pm on February 26th. You can book tickets using the link on the university’s concert website, where you can also find more information. The performance of the Ireland trio is generously supported by the John Ireland Trust.
Phoenix Piano Trio on In Tune, May 2012
Our favourite piano trio – Phoenix – will be appearing on BBC Radio 3′s “In Tune” tomorrow, Tuesday 18th Dec, at about 4.30pm. You can listen live from the BBC website, and we’ll put up a “Listen Again” link as soon as we have one.
They’re being interviewed by Sean Rafferty ahead of their concert at Wigmore Hall this Saturday, 22nd, 7.30pm. Audience (and Trio) favourite, Beethoven’s “Archduke” Op.97 is paired with Schumann’s “Phantasiestücke” Op.88 and Haydn’s E-flat trio HXV:30. You can join the event on Facebook, and buy tickets from Wigmore’s website here.
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The Phoenix Piano Trio’s exciting 2012 continues with a debut performance at Wigmore Hall this May. We are delighted to announce that tickets go on sale today, and are available on Wigmore Hall‘s website.
The programme is a masterful blend of known and unknown works; of established and growing reputations. Beethoven’s magisterial E flat Trio, felt by many to be his finest work in the genre, is the cornerstone of the programme, following up two rare English gems – trios by John Ireland and Thomas Dunhill. We’re extremely excited to hear Dunhill’s so rarely performed work, a passionate yet pastoral treat, and it gives us all a chance to properly mark the 50th anniversary of John Ireland’s death.
Bring some spring optimism to your February by getting tickets now!