We were delighted with Endymion’s late-night performance of Arvo Pärt a few weeks ago at Wigmore Hall with the wonderful EXAUDI. They performed in Wigmore Hall’s new late-night series, at 10pm on Friday 8th July. The hall was really full (busier than for the 7pm concert that night!) and the atmosphere was really serene and concentrated, for four contrasting pieces of Pärt: Fratres, Summa, Pilgrim’s Song and the Stabat Mater.
Geoff Brown reviewed for The Times:
“One Arvo Pärt work followed another, from the chord sequences of Fratres to the measured sorrows of his Stabat Mater setting: music of rapturous, daring simplicity, vigorously etched by a string quartet drawn from Endymion and three of Exaudi’s fearless voices.”
This was the first performance in a line of Arvo Pärt performances, not least of Endymion’s large Music for People project at Southbank Centre on 19th and 21st September, when they’ll be joining up with EXAUDI again to perform more Pärt, plus some Morton Feldman and four new commissions from James Weeks, Joanna Bailie, Andrew Hamilton and Philip Venables. More to follow on here soon, but book your tickets now.
Monday 19th September: Pärt, Venables, Bailie.
Wednesday 21st September: Feldman, Hamilton, Weeks.
The photo here is Endymion rehearsing Summa in Wigmore Hall on the morning of the concert.
More good news within the same 24 hours as the last good funding news, posted here. The wonderful Golden Bottle Trust, who supported Endymion’s Sound Census project in 2009, have kindly agreed to support our Music for People project this year. It’s a great helping hand, and we are ever closer to our fundraising target. A million thanks to the Golden Bottle Trustees and fingers crossed for the remaining outstanding applications….
Two bits of good news came within 24 hours this week. The RVW Trust have very generously agreed to support the Phoenix Piano Trio’s wonderful Beyond Beethoven project, which commissions five composers to write new works for piano trio in response to Beethoven works for piano trio. The Phoenix trio, over five different programmes, will perform all of Beethoven’s music for piano trio and the five new works. Each programme is being repeated around the country, including all five programmes in London at The Forge and in Oxford at the Holywell Music Room.
On the same day I found out that the amazing Leche Trust has agreed to support Endymion and EXAUDI‘s Music for People project which is commissioning 4 composers to write new works for instruments and voices, to be premiered in London and Aberdeen, in conjunction with sound festival Scotland and the Southbank Centre in London. This support will be matched by the equally amazing Marina Kleinwort trust.
A MASSIVE thanks to both these trusts and their very supportive trustees.
If only every day was this great!
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