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The Pale Enchanted Gold, 17 June 2017: recital programme announced

CNM_recital_poster_CM_170617-webThis June’s CNM summer afternoon recital by Tim Torry (baritone), Charles Hine (clarinet) and Alan Bullard (piano) will take place at 3pm on 17 June at Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh St, Colchester CO1 1TT; entry free, retiring collection.

The programme is based around three key works: Tim Torry’s setting of JRR Tolkein’s ‘The Pale Enchanted Gold’ poem from The Hobbit, Alan Bullard’s setting of Edward Blunden’s ‘A Swan, a Man’, and also Alan’s ‘Three Blues’ for clarinet and piano.

Alongside these, CNM members have contributed new pieces for clarinet and piano, plus song settings of poetry with all kinds of interesting connections to the pieces above. The full lists of members’ works in each category are as follows:

Song settings

A Swan, A Man –  Alan Bullard/Edmund Blunden
The star –  Dylan Christopher/Jane & Ann Taylor
The sun goes down –  Francis Knights/AJ Blustin
The Genealogy of Christ –  Mark Bellis/Gospel of Luke
Oft when warring –  Stephen Watkins/Thomas Hardy
The Pale Enchanted Gold –  Tim Torry/JRR Tolkien
The sleep –  Ian Wilson/E B Browning

Clarinet/bass clarinet and piano

The Bold Princess Royal  – Colin Blundell
Three Blues – Alan Bullard
Whither Now? –  Laurence Glazier
Seeking stillness for solo bass clarinet – Philip Joy
A movement from the Scenes from a train suite – Jenni Pinnock
Dance –  Peter Thorne
Subsequent Darkness –  Julia Usher

The programme also includes three works from the 20th Century English Song repertoire:

It was a lover and his lass – Gerald Finzi
Silver – Armstrong Gibbs
A Sergeant’s Song – Gustav Holst

Piano Project 2015 recordings released: solo works

Dylan Christopher’s studio recordings of all solo pieces from the 2015 Piano Project are now available via this link, including works by Abraham Espinosa, Elspeth MandersIan Mitchell, Emily DolittleChris LambHenry Law, Tim Torry, Jenni Pinnock, Doug Thomas, Peter Thorne, Gary Randall, Yvonne Eccles, Gareth Price and Lucy Wickers. We hope to add recordings of the duets later in the year.

CNM concerts this week in Colchester

Join us this week for a bonus selection of new music events in Colchester:

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7:30pm on Wednesday 4th November at the Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL; tickets £5 on the door or via the CMPA Box Office (01206 712 999; creativeartslive@colchester.ac.uk).

An evening of new music for aspirant pianists. Dylan Christopher and colleagues will be presenting a carefully selected programme of attractive and exciting new works for learners of ABRSM Grade 1-5 standard. The concert will be of particular interest to piano teachers, students, those with an interest in music education, and anyone who likes good piano music. Buy tickets here.

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Doors 7:30pm (starts 8pm), Thursday 5th November 2015, Colchester Arts Centre, Church St. Colchester CO1 1NF. Tickets £7/£6: Box Office 01206 500900 / colchesterartscentre.com.

New constructions for solo fretless electric guitar, plus explorations from avant-garde noise to funk-rock for fretless electic guitar, trumpet, percussion, effects and live electronics. Exploring the frontier between left-field jazz and contemporary art-music with Rich Perks (guitar), Andrew Hall (trumpet) and Tom Atherton (percussion). Buy tickets here.

Results of Piano Project 2015 call announced

Piano Project 2015

Piano Project 2015

We are delighted to announce the results of the Piano Project 2015 call for scores. Once again the call attracted many high quality entries; we wish to thank everyone who took the time to enter, and hope that we’ll hear from you again. The selected works are, alphabetically by composer:

Conversation III and Conversation IVYvonne Eccles
The ghostly gondola and When the sun setsAbraham Espinosa
Two seconds to midnightStephen Daltry
Lazing, Spinning and BecomingEmily Dolittle
Tango for piano duet – Melanie Green
The climb and Kooky BoogieChris Lamb
Watching butterfliesHenry Law
A Persian LullabyElspeth Manders
Prelude for pianoIan Mitchell
Quintango and Lament IJenni Pinnock
Rising fifth – Gareth Price
The Sans Souci WaltzGary Randall
4×3, Ballade and ShapesDoug Thomas
Whimsical WaltzPeter Thorne
Comedy ScherzoTim Torry
Etius SuiteLee Westwood
Wistful Waltz – Lucy Wickers

These pieces will be performed by Dylan Christopher, David Mitchell, Elspeth Manders and local piano students in a concert at 7:30pm on 4th November at the Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL; tickets £5 on the door or via the CMPA Box Office (01206 712 999; creativeartslive@colchester.ac.uk).

Report and analysis posted for Piano Project 2014

Dylan Christopher has posted an analysis of the Piano Project 2014 pieces: see here for the full text. We reproduce the abstract below:


Dylan Christopher In collaboration with CNM

April 2015

This report presents an analysis of the pieces written for submission to the call for scores by Colchester New Music titled Piano Project 2014. All of the music submitted was written for aspirant musicians for use in performance and teaching. The pieces featured were performed in a concert in October 2014.

A total of four weeks preparation time was given to all performers to prepare for the concert. During this time, minimal input was given to the students to prepare their performances. This was to achieve the unbiased conditions under which aspirant musicians would come into contact with the source material.

The paper draws upon primary research in the field via preparation and performance of the submitted material. Through analysis of the musical scores, and testimony from elected student-performers, a better understanding can be gained into what elements of the presented pieces are accessible to aspirant musicians.