Category Archives: Composition

New string quartet inspired by museum collections

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum have come together to commission new chamber works in response to objects in the museum, as part of the 2020 CoMA Festival. Anna’s commission, inspired by the case of 18th and 19th century pocket watches in the local history gallery, is timepiece.

timepiece is a minimalist work for string quartet with elements of percussion – a chime and optional mechanical metronome – played by the string players. It brings to life the cabinet of tiny clockwork mechanisms, building a multilayered euphony as motifs gradually layer upon each other. Rhythms, harmonies and textures grow as the structure evokes seconds, minutes, hours, and the night-chimes of the early pocket watches on the
quarter-hours which allowed the carrier to tell the time in the dark before gas or
electric light was invented.

Members of Devon Philharmonic Orchestra will give the world premiere performance of timepiece in Exeter, beside the case of pocket watches that inspired it, on Saturday 7th March. Tickets are on sale from the museum.

 

Three Choirs Festival this Friday

This Friday, a special late-night meditation on the Rig Veda will take place at Gloucester Cathedral as part of the prestigious Three Choirs Festival. The concert weaves together Vedic chant with choral settings of these Hindu texts. Jean Coulthard, a student of Vaughan Williams, exults the mystery of creation, while delicate music of contemporary composers Anna R Matthews, Roxanna Panufnik and Sally Lamb McCune embraces the listener, mirroring the celestial beauty of Holst’s settings for choir and solo harp.

This concert will see the Oriel Singers give the premiere performance of Asvins under the baton of Ben Sawyer.

Tickets and full details: https://3choirs.org/whats-on/meditations-on-the-rig-veda/

The prestigious Three Choirs Festival is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2015. It comprises a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.

‘From Flanders’ at University of Exeter this Wednesday

On Wednesday 12 December, the accomplished University of Exeter Chapel Choir will perform From Flanders as part of their Nine Lessons and Carols at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel. This special performance of From Flanders marks the centenary of the WWI Armistice. All are welcome at this beautiful and traditional candlelit carol service, which will be followed by free mince pies and mulled wine served downstairs in the University’s Old Library.

Visit the University Chaplaincy website to find out more.

Meet the Contras

rarescale

Following a call by rarescale for music for the unusual and rather exciting combination of contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet and contrabassoon, Anna’s newly-composed work Contradanza has been selected for the ‘Meet the Contras’ concert programme this Thursday.

Thursday 21st June, 7:30pm
ADMISSION FREE
St James’ Church, Sussex Gardens, London W2 3UD
(nearest station: Paddington)

These three instruments are pretty much as low as you can go with woodwind. It’s all about the bass – and bass means big. They are definitely a sight to behold! In rarescale’s words:

The concert is FREE and we’d love to show you what our amazing low instruments can do!

The performance is part of Make Music Day UK. Full details here: www.facebook.com/events/2092882854304485/  Just turn up!

 

Torquay and Crediton concert performances

High quality chamber choir the Torbay Singers will be performing Anna’s music in two concerts this summer.

Conductor Tina Guthrie will lead the choir and audience on a musical journey around the world. The mixed programme will include Anna’s folk-like anthem for Devon, Devon, My Home, alongside music from further afield by composers including Copland, Rutter, and Rachmaninov. Performances will take place in Torquay and Crediton (as part of CredFest), the latter in aid of the Music Endowment Fund of Crediton Parish Church:

‘A World of Song’ (Torquay)
Saturday 17 June, 7:30pm
Church of St John the Apostle, Montpellier Road, Torquay TQ1 1BJ
Tickets: £10 (under 25s in full-time education FREE) by phone from 01803 782677 or from Visitor Information Centre, 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay. Some tickets may be available on the door.

‘A World of Song’ (Crediton)
Sunday 18 June, 3:00pm
Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane, Crediton EX17 2AH
Tickets: £8 + 10% booking fee (under 18s free) online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ELFEEH