Sir James MacMillan commission to reopen Mackintosh Building
25 January 2016
GSA choir director Jamie Sansbury with Sir James MacMillan in the Mackintosh Building
A new work by Sir James MacMillan will receive its premiere at the reopening of the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA)
Creative Scotland has awarded National Lottery funding of £4,000 towards the commission, with further support from the GSA.
The text for the new work is taken from a poem written by former GSA director Francis (Fra) Henry Newbery, who played an important part in commissioning the Mackintosh Building.
The new work will be performed by the GSA Choir
GSA director Tom Inns said: 'We wanted to mark the re-opening of the Mackintosh Building in a very special way, and what better way to celebrate the re-opening of a creative masterpiece than with the world premiere of a work by such an eminent composer? We are thrilled that Creative Scotland has recognised the cultural significance of this project.'
'I have been impressed with the sounds his choir make and am delighted that they have asked me to write for them,' said Sir James. 'I'm proud that the new piece will mark the reopening of this important building. This is a project of hope and determination to overcome the disaster which befell the school in 2014.'
The category-A listed building, which was recognised as a fine example of art nouveau architecture, was stricken by a fire in 2014. Many students lost work towards their final-year degree show, but the building's archives were saved.
Glasgow School of Art
Organ course: Playing with confidence
21 January 2016
An organ course on 'Playing with confidence' will take place between 17 and 19 February at the church of St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis.
The course, which will use the church's new Skrabl instrument, will be lead by Philip Scriven and the other tutors include Peter Parshall (Axminster), Richard Godfrey, David Bruce-Payne (former organist at Birmingham Cathedral), Ian Curror (London Mucis Colleges), Alex Davies (St Michael's) and David Davies (Exeter Catherdral).
It will include talks and discussions, demonstrations and group study sessions, as well as trips to Honiton, Ottery St.Mary and Exeter Cathedral and St.Michael’s Mount Dinham (Exeter).
Lyme Regis Organ School
Choir of St John's Cambridge launches new record imprint with Signum Classics
21 January 2016
The Choir of St John's College Cambridge has launched a new record imprint with Signum Classics.
The 'St John's Cambridge' label will release all forthcoming recordings by the choir, as well as chamber music and recitals from current members and alumni.
The label's first release, Deo, will feature choral and organ works by Jonathan Harvey, who studied at the college. The recording features works including The Annunciation and The Royal Banners Come - both written for the choir - as well as Holy Ghost, I love the Lord and two works for organ (Toccata for organ and tape and Laus Deo). The CD will be released in May.
The second release, which is due in autumn, will feature music for Advent and Christmas. The recording will include Michael Finnissy's John the Baptist, composed for the choir and winner of a British Composer Award.
Other future releases include a programme of violin works performed by Julia Hwang, a former category finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year and an undergraduate at the college.
Andrew Nethsingha, director of music at St John’s College, confirmed that the label would be releasing around three recordings per year.
He said: 'This is an exciting time for both the Choir and the College of St John’s Cambridge. With the creation of the St John’s Cambridge imprint with Signum, we are able to showcase both the repertoire of the choir and also the astounding musical talent of the college.
'I’m looking forward to presenting a diverse range of ambitious choral and recital repertoire on the label.'
The Choir's previous recordings have been with Chandos, with releases including works for choir and harp (2012), choral classics, works by Wesley (2013) and Christmas carols (2011).
Choir of St John's College Cambridge
Salisbury Cathedral: upcoming choral concerts
20 January 2016
Members of the choir at a Magna Carta gala concertAsh Mills
Salisbury Cathedral Choir is putting on two special fundraising concerts in aid of its forthcoming tour to Germany and the Cathedral Choral Foundation.
The pre-tour concert will take place at 3pm on 28 February in Salisbury Cathedral. The programme will feature some of the repertoire to be sung during the tour, including Allegri's Miserere and works by Harris, Mozart, Purcell and Stanford. There will be a retiring collection in support of the tour, which takes place after Easter and will feature boy and girl choristers.
'It promises to be a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience both musically and educationally with an itinerary that includes concerts and services in historic towns and cities along or near the Rhine,' said David Halls, director of music. 'The choristers are well aware that they are there as representatives not only of their choir but of the city of Salisbury.'
The Holy Week choral foundation concert, which will take place at 7.30pm on 23 March, features Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater and James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross. The choir will be accompanied by La Folia and conducted by David Halls. Tickets are £10-15, with proceeds going towards the Choral Foundation.
Salisbury Cathedral Choir was first endowed in 1314, and now comprises 16 boy choristers and 16 girl choristers aged 8-13 years, and six Lay Vicars.
Salisbury Cathedral was the first English cathedral to form an independent foundation for girl choristers. The girls sang their first service in October 1991 and nowadays the weekly services are equally divided between boy and girl choristers.
Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund
18 January 2016
Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17.
The successful charity will receive £10,000 to spend on advertising across Rhinegold's portfolio of classical music publications, websites and services.
They will also receive account management support on aspects of marketing and design from Rhinegold.
The scheme supports the work of charities that might not have the resources necessary to support a large advertising campaign on their own, giving them the opportunity to promote their cause to a large international readership.
Since its launch in 2013, the number of applications to the fund has doubled annually. The 2015 fund was awarded to two charities: Young Classical Artists Trust and Live Music Now.
Charities wishing to apply should complete the online form by 29 February, with the selected charity to be announced in March.
Rhinegold Charity Fund
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