New Friday Afternoons songs
Choral Vocal 15 February, 2016
It has just announced that Jonathan will be writing a new set of songs for this year’s Friday Afternoons project, set to specially commissioned texts by Alasdair Middleton. These songs will be released in April, so keep an eye out on the Friday Afternoons website for more information (http://www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk). Scores, backing tracks and resources will be available on the website free of charge, to support learning of the songs. Friday Afternoons was conceived as part of the Centenary celebrations of Aldeburgh Music’s founder, the composer, Benjamin Britten, with the initial aim of encouraging children and young people to sing. Since 2013, there have been more than 70,000 participants, from all around the world. Aldeburgh Music is Now committed to commissioning new songs on an annual basis, creating a song bank of repertoire for children’s voices. For each of the songs, teachers and choir leaders will find all of the resources required to take part on the website, completely free of charge. These include scores, lyrics, audio tracks, interactive resources from Charanga Music, Braille scores and signed videos.
Arion and the Dolphin premiere season
Choral 1 February, 2016
Jonathan Dove’s new piece Arion and the Dolphin (with words by Alasdair Middleton), commissioned for Making Music members, receives its premiere in March 2016 with further performances soon after across the UK. Conceived as a companion piece for Carmina Burana whilst also able to be performed as a stand-alone piece, the two scores share similar forces. Making Music members can benefit from a generous discount from Edition Peters for Arion and the Dolphin, and from Schott for Carmina Burana through the website at the bottom of the page. Current performances include: Dulwich Choral Society – 12 March 2016, All Saints Church, West Dulwich Waltham Singers – 12 March 2016, King Edward’s Grammar School, Chelmsford, conducted by Andrew Fardell Collegium Musicum of London – 18 June 2016 at St James’s, Piccadilly Pro Nobis Singers and Poco Amabile (children’s choir) with the Longford Brown Piano duo – 18 June 2016, Ambleside Parish Church, Ambleside, conducted by Clive Walkley Portsmouth Choral Union and Southern Pro Musica – 25 June 2016 at St Mary’s Church, Portsmouth, conducted by David Gostick, with countertenor Joe Bolger Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir – 9 July 2016 at Haywood Theatre, Ely, conducted by Andrew Parnell […]