New Year, New Music

We're very excited about what's going on this year! As well as reviving our great piece from Paul Burke (the Five Poems), we're also working on music by contemporary trumpeter Torbjorn Hultmark, and are looking forward to a new composition from Solfa Carlile, who is Composer-in-Residence at the Orchestra of St Paul's, Covent Garden.

Five Poems

A short note on Paul Burke's Five Poems, from the composer:

Five Poems is a set of character pieces – the first, third, and fifth are for trumpet and organ together, while the second and fourth are for organ solo. 

Each piece takes a different poem as a departure point. Guillaume Apollinaire’s Sick autumn (Automne malade) is a love song to the transition from summer to winter, ‘when it has snowed in the orchard’. Dance in the sepulchre is a quotation from W. H. Hudson, which here is the springboard for a skeletal dance, while The lighted city is dark is from a nocturnal cityscape by Clifford Dyment. The e e cummings poem anyone lived in a pretty how town takes a typically sidelong view of small-town life, while Ryan Whatley’s 50cc is an energetic portrait of a motorbike ride, where ‘in spite of the quick petrol stink...I knew the height hanging him, the immigrant feeling I knew and in that there was something’.