New CD: St Salvator's Chapel Choir
Available from www.stsalvatorschapelchoir.co.uk
Liz Johnson Recording Project
Liz Johnson’s complete string quartets are being recorded by the Fitzwilliams over the next year or so in an exciting new project with the composer. The quartet has worked closely with Liz from 2001 when her first quartet Images of Trees won the BCMS Composition Prize; they immediately struck up a great rapport and have been working together ever since. Liz’s music moves from the poetic and lyrical to the strange: "captivating...sometimes naturalistic, sometimes ethereal, the delicacy both dark and subtly disturbing" (Birmingham Post) "...a refreshing quality, evocative in subtle tonal and textural colours..." (Independent).
Intricate Web, commissioned by Bromsgrove Mixing Music was premiered by the Fitzwilliams, and Liz has written two more pieces specifically for the quartet: Forty-Something, a celebration for the quartet’s fortieth anniversary and Tide Purl, commissioned by Music in the Village in 2013.
The CD will include Sky-burial for soprano and string quartet, a huge and magical work setting Kathleen Jamie’s evocative poem with soprano Loré Lixenberg, and the premiere recording of Scintilla for clarinet quintet (commissioned by Birmingham Conservatoire, BCU). Another premiere recording will be of the exciting new solo cello suite Ben Hartley Reflections (commissioned by Peninsular Arts) performed by Fitz cellist Heather Tuach.
Jessie’s Fund Amsterdam300 Ride
Alan George – trustee of Jessie’s Fund and father of Jessie – gets back on two wheels for his annual endurance ride to raise money for the charity which helps children to communicate through music. In July, averaging 75 miles a day, Alan will be cycling with about 20 others up the coast of Holland, round the Zuiderzee back down to Amsterdam, and then back to the ferry. All support would be hugely appreciated and make the effort all the more worthwhile: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lesleyandalan300
28 July 2015: Grange-in Borrowdale
29-31 July 2015: Glasserton & Isle of Whithorn Festival
Tickets on sale for Baroque Unwrapped at Kings Place, London
The Fitzwilliam appear on 29 September, 2016