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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

Celebrating women composers

Celebrating women composers, March 2016
On 12th March 2016, works by CNM members Julia Usher and Jenni Pinnock will feature in a concert celebrating women composers, also including pieces by Judith Weir, Charlotte Bray, Cheryl Frances Hoad, Anna Boyd, Amy Beach, Clara Shumann and others. Soprano Corrina Dolso will be performing along with her new Equinox Voices pop-up choir, joined by Guest Soprano Naomi Scott de Moncloa and pianist Thérèse Miller, at Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester CO1 1TT. The concert runs from 3-4pm; tickets (£5 or free for students) will be available on the door, or can be reserved by e-mailing equinoxvoices@gmail.com. Download the pdf concert poster here.

The choir is seeking competent sopranos and altos to take part in the concert; rehearsals will take place in February/March in Colchester. Please contact equinoxvoices@gmail.com to register.

Julia Usher pieces feature at London New Wind Festival

Three of Julia Usher’s pieces will be featured at the 18th London New Wind Festival on Wednesday 21st October at London’s Regent Hall: The Painted Lake – 6 Reflections for Solo Flute/Alto, Lost Icons for Wind Quintet and Sower of Systems: 4 “Soundings” of Pictures by George Watts for Piano Solo. For full times and details, please see the flyer here.

Moot Hall Organ gala concert, 21 May 2015

The gala concert to celebrate the re-commissioning of Colchester’s Moot Hall Organ will take place on Thursday 21 May 2015. This recital, performed by Colchester-born organist David Drinkell, will include a new ten minute organ+electronics commission by CNM’s Project Director Julia Usher, entitled The ART and INDUSTRY of PIPEWORK, with sound diffusion by Duncan Chapman.

This concert is by invitation only, but will be repeated on Sunday 24 May at 4pm, open to the public and free of charge. For more details on the gala concert, and other events over the Moot Hall Organ mini-festival weekend, see The Moot Hall Organ website.

Julia Usher receives Moot Hall Organ commission

CNM member Julia Usher has received the commission to create a new piece for the re-opening celebrations of the Colchester Moot Hall Organ. The ten-minute work – The ART and INDUSTRY of PIPEWORK – will incorporate sound diffusion by Duncan Chapman; it will be premiered at the gala concert on Thursday 21st May 2015, and repeated at a public performance on Sunday 24th.