We are delighted that Sadie has continued to receive premieres during lockdown with new works written for the pianist Rolf Hind and members of the Kreutzer String Quartet - Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandilovski and Clifton Harrison.
Rolf Hind premiered the miniature ‘Barkarolle’ on 15 May 2020 as part of his ongoing series of online performances of new works composed in lockdown:
Following the difficult decision made to cancel the Harrogate International Festival this Summer in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, one of UYMP’s house composers Dr David Lancaster, was commissioned to compose the work for brass band, Eclipse.
Here at UYMP, we were very pleased to hear that David Lancaster’s work for solo piano, Angelus, has been performed both within Duncan Honeybourne’s Contemporary Piano Soundbites Project and by pianist Francesca Hurst within her ‘Daily Dose of Piano’.
James Weeks’ beautiful new work Düsseldorf was aired on BBC Radio 3’s New Music Show on Saturday 9th May. Performed by the Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Weeks, and recorded by the BBC, Tom Service described the work as ‘made from an exquisite sensitivity to a particular soundscene’. It is written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and tubular bells. Weeks says, on the programme: ‘Düsseldorf is a very simple piece in some ways, because it’s a kind of sound postcard of a moment from my life.
UYMP is extremely excited to announce that one of our house composers, Sadie Harrison, is taking part in a project devised by Julian Leeks, the director of Sound World, to raise funds, and provide essential support, for freelance musicians from the Bristol Ensemble who are struggling with great losses of work during the lockdown period due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Here at UYMP, we are delighted that Sadie Harrison has been appointed as this year’s Composer-in-Residence for the Schools Compose Quartets Project 2020 with SOUNDSTORM and the Asana String Quartet (drawn from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). SoundStorm is the award winning Music Education Development Agency for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation, in South West England. Sadie will be working alongside students from Leaf Studio and The Bishop of Winchester Academy, composing quartets to be performed in July 2020.