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Stone Dancer on BBC Radio 3 Hear & Now

Stone Dancer on BBC Radio 3 Hear & Now

In March this year the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Geoffrey Paterson gave the Scottish premiere of Stone Dancer. Listen to the live recording on BBC Radio 3 Hear & Now, available until August 2nd.

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The work was co-commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival and 1418 NOW in 2016 for the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by the late Oliver Knussen.

 

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Second CD Recording

Second CD Recording

We had a brilliant week at the Sendesaal Bremen recording my second CD. I am extremely grateful for the support of the PRS Foundation #Composersfund, the Richard Thomas Foundation and the Nicholas Boas Charitable TrustThe recordings and performances by pianist Huw Watkins, violist Barbara Buntrock, the Amaryllis String Quartet and the Mariani Piano Quartet were absolutely outstanding. I extend my thanks also to sound engineer Christoph Franke.

The disc will be released in October 2018. Join us for the launch concert in the Purcell Room Southbank Centre, 16th October 2018.

Beyond for solo violin
On The Other Shore for solo cello, commissioned by London Sinfonietta
Invisible Cities for viola and piano, commissioned by Verbier Festival
Chant for violin, clarinet and piano, commissioned by the RVW Foundation and Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust
Züstande for piano quartet, commissioned by The Schubert Ensemble in partnership with the Wiltshire Music Centre, supported by the Schubert Ensemble Trust, the Wiltshire Music Centre, PRS for Music Foundation and the Steel Charitable Trust
The Sun was Chasing Venus for string quintet, commissioned by Savannah Music Festival, Georgia

 

Photos © Rolf Schoellkopf

 

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Upcoming Recording

Upcoming Recording

I am very excited to be recording my next disc in early May at the Sendesaal Bremen. Rehearsals are in full swing with pianist Huw Watkins, violist Barbara Buntrock, the Amaryllis String Quartett, the Mariani Klavierquartett and the Isidore Ducasse Clarinet Trio. I feel honoured to work with these fantastic musicians.

The disc will feature chamber works, from solo to quintet:
Beyond for solo violin
On The Other Shore for solo cello, commissioned by London Sinfonietta
Invisible Cities for viola and piano, commissioned by Verbier Festival
Chant for violin, clarinet and piano, commissioned by the RVW Foundation and Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust
Züstande for piano quartet, commissioned by The Schubert Ensemble in partnership with the Wiltshire Music Centre, supported by the Schubert Ensemble Trust, the Wiltshire Music Centre, PRS for Music Foundation and the Steel Charitable Trust
The Sun was Chasing Venus for string quintet, commissioned by Savannah Music Festival, Georgia

Thanks to RTF Classical who are producing the disc, with support from the Richard Thomas Foundation, the PRS for Music Foundation (The Composers’ Fund) and the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.

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‘Perseus’ recorded on Guy Johnston’s latest Disc

‘Perseus’ recorded on Guy Johnston’s latest Disc

Tecchler’s Cello: from Cambridge to Rome

Guy Johnston cello
Tom Poster piano
Magnus Johnston violin
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Directed by Stephen Cleobury

The Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Directed by Carlo Rizzari

Released 8 September 2017

“Guy Johnston’s playing is searchingly beautiful…” BBC Music Magazine

One of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation, Guy Johnston was born into an artistic family. He began his musical journey as a chorister by joining his brothers in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, under the tutelage of Stephen Cleobury. He went on to achieve early success through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhemina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award, as well as receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall.

Guy now plays a 1714 Tecchler cello, and in its third centenary he set out to celebrate the life of the instrument and its creator, commissioning a number of new works. He explains:

‘I began to ask myself lots of questions – How did David Tecchler end up settling in Rome, who was he making cellos for, and how did this cello come into my hands? What is my journey and role as a cellist in the 21st century? I decided to mark this anniversary by commissioning three works as gifts for the cello by celebrated British composers David Matthews, Mark Simpson and Charlotte Bray. I asked them to think of the role of the cello in the last three centuries and to let their imagination run wild.’

Guy’s inspiration then led him to Italy, taking his cello back home  to get to the root of some of these questions. Joined by friends from both countries, recorded at locations close to his heart, and featuring works from across his cello’s 300 years, this album traces that musical journey, from Cambridge to Rome.

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The Composers’ Fund

The Composers’ Fund

Charlotte is supported by PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund a new opportunity for classical composers with a strong track record, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation