Beyond the Premiere 2016

We’re delighted to be featuring the work of three composers: Deborah PritchardJane Wells and John Woolrich, in our Beyond the Premiere programme in 2016.

Our Beyond the Premiere work for autumn 2016 will be Deborah Deborah PritchardPritchard’s Seven Halts on the Somme. Premiered at the Lichfield Festival in July 2016 with Manchester Camerata, and performed by virtuoso trumpeter Tine Thing Helselth, it will tour to Cockermouth (25 Oct) Hereford (27 Oct) and North Walsham, Norfolk (29 Oct).

Deborah was born in Kent and studied composition with Simon Bainbridge for her Master of Music Degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, and Robert Saxton for her DPhil in composition and critical writing at Worcester College, Oxford. She been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, released commercially by NMC, Signum and Nimbus and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and the English String Orchestra.

Deborah is a synaesthetic composer with many of her works written in response to visual artworks including this one, which is inspired by the series of oil paintings ‘Seven Halts on the Somme’ by artist Hughie O’Donoghue. O’Donoghue’s paintings mark seven stopping points for British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme with each painting holding a striking motif that acts as a portal to enter the narrative. The essence of the past is trapped in a layering of vibrant colours and creative textures in the viscous yet fluid medium of oil paint and, as with all works by O’Donoghue, there is a deeply personal and almost forensic element to the seven large-scale abstract canvasses, with each painting representing a commemoration of an individual life. The paintings were first exhibited at Eton College in 2014.

Two Wings and a Prayer by Jane Wells was commissioned by the 2015 King’s Lynn Festival for performance at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange by the European Union Chamber Orchestra (EUCO) together with young string players from the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra. The second performance – Beyond the Premiere – for Orchestras Live took place the following evening in Ludham, rural North Norfolk with further performances in Stroud, Southampton, Spalding, Shrewsbury and Deal.

Leon Bosch and Robert Smissen - photo by Chris ChristodoulouTo the Silver Bow for Double Bass and Violin by John Woolrich was commissioned by Leon Bosch (Academy Principal Double Bass) and Robert Smissen (Academy Principal Viola). It received its premiere performance by Academy of St Martin in the Fields on 16 February 2016, and as part of Beyond the Premiere, it received a second performance the following day at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

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