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New music for early instruments at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2019

CFI2019_concert_posterFour works by CNM composers were included in a performance of old and new music for early instruments at Fitzwilliam College Auditorium on 15 Oct 2019 as part of Cambridge University’s Festival of Ideas. Works for recorder quartet with harpsichord by Jenni Pinnock, Peter Thorne and Stephen Watkins were performed by the Maestral Ensemble with Janet Wheeler on harpsichord, alongside pieces by Alison Willis and Janet Wheeler herself; these works were originally written for CNM’s call for scores.

The concert, narrated by Francis Knights, also included works for voices and viols by composers from Tallis and Byrd to Ivan Moody, Roy Marks and a premiere of a new work by Carl Rütti, performed by Ian de Massini and Catherine Groom (altos), Fitzwilliam College Choral Scholars, and La Dolce Gamba viol consort.

 

Composing for two harpsichords: article in Sounding Board

An article on CNM’s two harpsichords call for scores has appeared in Issue 13 of Sounding Board, the newsletter of the British Harpsichord Society. It is downloadable free from the BHS website here.

Based upon our experience with the call, the article also discusses a number of typical problems with submissions, and provides a range of practical advice on composing for two harpsichords.

New music for two harpsichords: music examples compilation released

We have created a compilation of information on eleven works selected by Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar from our two harpsichords call for scores, including a sample page from each score, notes on the works and composer contacts. The document can be downloaded here:

CNM New Music for two harpsichords compilation: information, contacts and examples

Details are included for the following works:

A prelude and two fugues – Mark Bellis
A thousand pines, one Moon – Ivan Božičević
Conversations – Theresa Chapman
daybook – D. Edward Davis
Looking back – José Jesus de Azevedo Souza
Elements – Janet Oates
Spring Rounds – Randall Snyder
Dap dap da da dap – Peter Thorne
Passacaglia – Low water – Stephen Watkins
Tarantella – Ian B. Wilson
Counterfeit – Rasmus Zwicki

 

Photos from two harpsichords concert

A big thankyou to everyone who contributed to the 28 April 2018 two harpsichords concert: the performers, the composers, our hosts Daniela Bechly and the Pimlott Foundation, Liz Leatherdale for all her help with publicity, and last but not least all the audience members who made it out to Great Horkesley on a rainy day!

Tickets on sale for two harpsichords concert

CNM 2-Hps poster 280418Tickets are now on sale here for CNM’s upcoming concert of new works for two harpsichords, performed by the Knights-Tidhar duo (pictured). The concert is at 3pm on Saturday 28 April 2018, at the Old House Barn, Old House Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester CO6 4EQ, UK; ticket price £8/£6 concessions. More information on the concert can be found here.

Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar