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Invisibility: Women Musicians & their Stories in Music

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I’m very excited to be performing with composer and pianist Wendy Hiscocks at the Holywell Music Room on Wednesday 10th October, 7.30pm, and to be performing a world première of her new work for cello: Songlines.

This will be a concert celebrating the music and creativity of women composers and musicians from the nineteenth century to the present day. We have selected a fascinating range of music for cello and piano including pieces by: Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Lili Boulanger, Elisabeth Lutyens, Rebecca Clarke, and living composers Errollyn Wallen, Ann Carr-Boyd, Liza Lim and Wendy Hiscocks. We will also be presenting a brief life story for each of the women featured, showing the ways in which they may have struggled to be recognised for their talents in a male-dominated industry (for example, Rebecca Clarke had to contend with rumours that she didn’t exist, and that her work was actually composed by Ernest Bloch!).

We have called the concert Invisibility to highlight exactly this prejudice that women faced. Invisibility is also the title of a solo cello piece that I will be performing by Australian composer Liza Lim, which was inspired by the women singers of the Yolgnu Aboriginal group in northern Australia. The piece explores the Yolngu concept of ‘Dreamtime’ and  ‘hiddenness’, in layers of shimmering textures and colours of sound.

The concert is sponsored by Celebrating Australian Music (CAM), and Wirripang. Tickets are £12 and £10 available on the door, or in advance from:

https://celebratingaustralianmusic.com/event/invisibility-oxford/

 

 

Memorial Concert for Beth Reed

 

Beth Reed was a wonderful colleague and friend – someone who I miss very much! We performed together over many years in the Lyric Piano Trio. Eppie Churcher and myself are organising this memorial concert to celebrate Beth’s life on Sunday 22 April, 7.30pm, in the Magdalen College School Hall.  No tickets are required – donations are invited towards Cancer Research UK.

Beth Reed cover page for programme notes

European tour: Philharmonia Orchestra

It was a wonderful experience to tour Europe playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra in September 2017, visiting Verona, Merano, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Hamburg, Luxembourg and Brussels. Here are a few highlights from my photos:

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Philharmonia Orchestra: Japan & Taiwan Tour

Concert Hall in Taichung, TaiwanHad a fabulous time in Japan and Taiwan performing with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Lovely people, wonderful food, and some quite terrifying concerts of Strauss tone poems! Here are a few photos.IMG_0576IMG_0614

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Sarabandes for Sanctuary Concert

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Coral will be giving a concert for Asylum Welcome on Thursday 6th April at St Barnabas Church, Jericho, Oxford, at 7.30pm. The music includes all six Sarabandes for solo cello by J.S. Bach as well as other innovative works for cello: Giovanni Sollima’s Lamentatio, Karen Tanaka’s Song of Songs, and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres. The programme is an exploration of spirituality in music with free admission. Donations will be invited for Oxford charity Asylum Welcome.

Cello Dreaming – Carl Vine’s ‘Inner World’

Carl Vine’s Inner World was written and dedicated to my former cello teacher in Australia, David Pereira. Pereira is a leading musical personality in Australian contemporary music, and I want to pay tribute to him.

The piece is performed with a sampled cello backing track, which was recorded by Pereira on the very instrument that I now use.  It has been recorded several times and sold well – proof of its musical success and contemporary appeal. While many people find modern classical music daunting, this is a piece that draws people in. It is fun, intriguing and quite spectacular to see and hear in live performance.

In a programme note at the front of the sheet music, Carl Vine writes: ‘When great musicians perform, one is not just witnessing the dutiful reproduction of a series of notes and tones but rather the intimate relationship between fine craftsmen and their instruments. Every sound is carved from the string, hair and wood with loving care. My aim in Inner World is to focus on this amazing symbiosis and create a sound world that might reflect, in some small part, the internal processes that lead to the production of marvellous music…. The performer is not only live, but also crystallised, dissected and re-arranged. The cello is not only the physical instrument in the player’s hands, but also an enveloping shroud of sound – a hall of mirrors in which artifice and reality collide …’