Eight ‘up-and-coming’ composers (Robin Haigh, Sarah Lewis, Ben Lunn, Alex Mills, Helen Papaioannou, Lisa Robertson, Laura Shipsey, Peter Wilson) have been selected to work with the Ligeti Quartet towards a new 6-minute piece for string quartet over two workshops (second workshop Autumn 2018 date tbc, held at The University of Sheffield). The workshop, generously funded by Arts Council England, is also open to observers, including A-Level students and their teachers.
‘Rumi’ – a miniature festival of the Persian master’s poetry, and new composition inspired by it.
5.00pm - Foyer opens for viewing of artwork by Sama Soltani, refreshments served
5.30pm - Auditorium: Talk on the poetry, by Parwana Fayyaz
With Oliver Rudland, Keziah Thomas, and composers & singers from the Fitzwilliam College.
Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth explores time in South Indian music. The first half of this concert, with mridangam and ghatam percussion, comprises a whirlwind historical sketch of great composers from the 15th to the 20th century in several different rhythmic cycles. In the second half Srikanth presents the UK premiere of her own Raga Seasons violin concerto with the Ligeti Quartet: six movements depicting the six seasons of the Hindu calendar.
Christian Mason: Excerpts from the Sardinian Songbook
Richard Bolley: Three movements from Travels with Alex
And music by Cage, Saariaho, Murail and others, Tibetan ritual music and cham dances
Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
Ben Williamson, counter tenor
Kate Ryder, pianos
Rosie Bergonzi, percussion
A performance including four world premieres, with works from Cheltenham Composer Academy Director Michael Zev Gordon, 2017 Academy alumni Sarah Rimkus and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson (commissioned by Cheltenham Music Festival), and one from 2017 RPS Composition Prize winner Bethan Morgan Williams (supported by the Susan Bradshaw Comp