We are pleased to announce that Sadie Harrison has received a prestigious commission from The Orchestra of St. John’s to set a text by Shukria Rezaei, a young Afghan poet. My Hazara People will be performed a number of times in 2018 in various forms. The premiere (Charlotte Tetley (mezzo) and Graeme Bailey (piano) will take place as part of a panel discussion on Women Refugees at Somerville College, Oxford on 20 June with subsequent performances at the Tandem Festival (June 2018) with a setting for voice and string quintet, and another in Oxford by the Orchestra of St. John’s conducted by Cayenna Ponchione.
The launch of William Howard’s new Orchid Classics CD, ‘Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs’, took place on May 8th at Leighton House Museum in London. The event was a great success and featured Frederick Viner’s Herz an Herz, which was awarded first prize in the ‘Under 25’ category of the William Howard Love Song Competition in 2016, as well as Robert Saxton’s solo piano work For Teresa.
Sadie Harrison’s orchestral workMimih’s First Songwas commissioned as part of her Residency with Künstler Bei Wu and will be premiered on 30 June 2018 by Concerto Brandenburg, conducted by Christian Dallmann. Harrison’s Residency is supported by an Arts Council England/British Council International Development Grant and a Performing Rights Society Foundation Composers Fund Award.