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Sally Beamish
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Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

Premieres: February’s new music

9:00, 1st February 2019

‘My intention was to reflect the tragedy of Schumann’s illness through Clara’s eyes,’ says Sally Beamish of her latest work for string quartet. ‘Schumann arranged the first performance of these quartets for his wife Clara’s 23rd birthday, and having a 23-year-old daughter myself, I couldn’t help being moved by the thought of this young couple who had fought to be allowed to marry, and the great challenges they were to face in their married life.’

Beamish’s piece is based loosely around Schumann’s first string quartet, alongside which it will be performed. She describes her approach as ‘tilting a broken mirror towards a particular passage in Schumann’s work, and reflecting widely differing moods – from melancholy to elation.’

The new work has been written especially for the Elias Quartet, who will give the premiere. ‘Their second violinist, Donald Grant, is a wonderful performer of traditional Scottish music,’ explains Beamish, ‘and I incorporated his skill into the piece. Since writing [my third string quartet, for the Elias Quartet] in 2011, I have heard them perform many times, and also performed my own viola quintet with them. I love their playing and musicianship, and it was a great pleasure to write for them again.’

Recently awarded a BASCA Award for Inspiration, Beamish credits the people she has worked with throughout her career for her success. ‘Having been lucky enough to work with many superb composers when I was a young viola player, and to draw inspiration over the years from players and collaborators, it meant a great deal to me to be considered an inspiration myself,’ she says.

Sally Beamish New work (Elias String Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 7.30pm).


 

February 2019

Premieres in the UK & Ireland

1 FEBRUARY

Nicholas Korth Harmonie Naturales VI for soprano, tenor, four overtone singers and orchestra (Orpheus Sinfonia, Thomas Carroll, St George’s, Hanover Square, London, 7:30pm)

3 FEBRUARY

Geoffrey Gordon Thorn (Ben Goldscheider, horn, Callum Smart, violin, Richard Uttley, piano, Conway Hall, London, 6:30pm)

6 FEBRUARY

Colin Matthews Octet (Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall, 7.30pm)

7 FEBRUARY

Peter Eötvös Multiversum UK prem (Iveta Apkalna, organ, László Fassang, Hammond organ, Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Eötvös, conductor, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm)

8 FEBRUARY

Thomas Larcher Alle Tage UK prem (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Karina Canellakis, conductor, Barbican, 7.30pm)

Gabriela Montero Babel Euro prem (Scottish Ensemble, Gabriela Montero, piano, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 7.30pm)

9 FEBRUARY

Alec Roth A time to be born and a time to die (Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore, Bramall Music Building, Birmingham, 7.30pm)

11 FEBRUARY

Tristan Murail New work UK Prem (François-Frédéric Guy, piano, Wigmore Hall, 1pm)

13 FEBRUARY

Gavin Higgins Trombone concerto (Helen Vollam, trombone, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov, conductor, Barbican, 7.30pm)

16 FEBRUARY

Mikolajus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Jūra (The Sea) UK prem (CBSO and Chorus, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor, Birmingham Symphony Hall, 7pm)

21 FEBRUARY

Mark-Anthony Turnage Symphonic Movements UK prem (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar, conductor, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 7.30pm)

Gavin Higgins The Monstrous Child (Aurora Orchestra, Jessica Cottis, conductor, Linbury Theatre, 7.30pm)

22 FEBRUARY

Sally Beamish New work (Elias String Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 7.30pm)

23 FEBRUARY

Robin Holloway Trumpet concerto (Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet, BBC Philharmonic, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7.30pm)

24 FEBRUARY

Sarah Rimkus Le Dian (The Warehouse, London, 7.30pm)

25 FEBRUARY

Barbara Jazwinski New work (The Warehouse, London, 7.30pm)

Michael Berkeley Epitaphs of War (Kipling) (Ashley Riches, bass baritone, Joseph Middleton, piano, Purcell Room, London, 7.45pm)

26 FEBRUARY

John Harbison Samuel Chapter UK prem; Jorge Sosa ‘Punto y Linea’ from Plastic Time UK prem; Elena Ruehr clarinet quintet (The Warehouse, London, 7.30pm)

Ryan Wigglesworth New work (Roderick Williams, baritone, Milton Court, 7.30pm)

27 FEBRUARY

Odaline de la Martinez ‘Imoinda’: A Story of Love and Slavery (The Warehouse, London, 7.30pm)

Bechara El Khoury Et le vent qui soufflé (Amalia Hall, violin, United Strings of Europe, Conway Hall, London, 7.30pm)

28 FEBRUARY

John Casken Madonna of Silence, concerto for trombone (The Hallé, Katy Jones, trombone, Bridgewater Hall, 7.30pm)

James Lee New work (The Warehouse, London, 7.30pm)

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