A great afternoon spent working on, and discussing, our programme for St Martin-in-the-Fields, next Friday, at 1pm!
...the future is full of new music! Which may or may not be orange. Great to chat today with Paul Burke, in a very chilly Oxford, about old new music, and potential future projects! Watch this space...
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.
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’.