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Performance with Ulster Orchestra in Belfast Festival

On Tuesday 30 October 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will perform with the Ulster Orchestra.

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The concert, part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens, will feature the World Premiere of Ian Wilson’s new piano concert Flags and Emblems, commissioned by the Ulster Orchestra with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Unit.

Taking two very different types of musical material and exploring how having them in close proximity can alter their fundamental characteristics, this new work by Ian Wilson is exciting, contemplative and uplifting. Pianist Matthew Schellhorn, a long-time collaborator of Wilson’s, and the Ballygowan Flute Band combine to create this unique performance.

The programme will also include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Lutoslawski’s Musique Funèbre.

The concert begins at 20:00, with a pre-concert talk at 19:30.

To see full details and buy tickets visit the Ulster Orchestra website.

Forthcoming recital in Walled City Music Festival, Derry

On Wednesday 2 August 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will give a solo recital in the Walled City Music Festival, Derry, Northern Ireland.

Exploring a huge range of idioms, this recital of Irish contemporary piano music gives a survey of Irish music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and includes two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Gráinne Mulvey and Nicola LeFanu (daughter of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy). The programme includes several pieces commissioned for the (AXA) Dublin International Piano Competition, and also makes a special feature of the music of Ian Wilson, with whom Schellhorn has developed a close working relationship over the last decade.

Programme:

Ian Wilson (b. 1964) Verschwindend (2001) NORTHERN IRELAND PREMIERE
Siobhán Cleary (b. 1970) Chaconne (2008) UK PREMIERE
Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947) Eight Studies (selection) (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Deirdre McKay (b. 1972) time, shining (1998)
Linda Buckley (b. 1979) zone (2006) UK PREMIERE
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Jennifer Walshe (b. 1974) becher (2008)
Gráinne Mulvey (b. 1966) Steel Grey Splinters (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Ian Wilson Lim (1998) NORTHERN IRELAND PREMIERE

Matthew Schellhorn to perform in 2011 Sligo New Music Festival

Matthew Schellhorn will perform in the 2011 Sligo New Music Festival later this month.

He will join the award-winning RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, saxophonist Cathal Roche and bassist Malachy Robinson in a performance of Ian Wilson’s re:play. The work, composed in 2007, is for the unusual combination of for improvising saxophonist, piano, string quartet and double bass. This will be the work’s second performance, and will take place in the opening concert of the festival.

The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 to be broadcast later in the year.

For full Festival details visit the website: http://themodel.ie/music/sligo-new-music-festival

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Cambridge Music Festival 2009

Newly commissioned set of piano miniatures Homage to Haydn received its world premiere recently in the 2009 Cambridge Music Festival.



On Thursday 12 November, six pieces by different composers were performed to an enthusiastic audience in Robinson College Chapel.

Homage to Haydn is a set of six miniatures commissioned by pianist Matthew Schellhorn for the 2009 Cambridge Festival. The idea came from the project undertaken a hundred years ago for the Haydn Centenary by Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, d’Indy, Hahn and Widor, each of whom wrote a miniature, later published in La Revue Musicale, for the Société Internationale de Musique. These pieces were based on the letters H-A-Y-D-N translated into the musical notes B-A-D-D-G (where B = H in German, and with D and G supplying for otherwise unplayable letters): this technique, known as soggetto cavato (literally, ‘carved subject’), was commonly used in the Renaissance.

A hundred years later, six British composers – Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall, Colin Riley, Jeremy Thurlow, and Tim Watts – have written pieces to celebrate Haydn’s bicentenary. At Matthew Schellhorn’s request, the choice of letters was freed up, with the two ‘spare’ letters becoming at the discretion of each composer.

Full programme notes for these pieces and an interview with Matthew Schellhorn in Muso Magazine can be read here.



Matthew Schellhorn with five of the six composers. From left to right: Tim Watts, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Jeremy Thurlow, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall. Absent: Colin Riley.


World Premiere of Stations by Ian Wilson

During a recital at the 2007 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music on Friday 18 May 2007, Matthew Schellhorn gave the world premiere of a new work written for him by Irish composer Ian Wilson.

Stations is a fourteen-movement work for solo piano (as of May 2007, half-complete), inspired by the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross – a narrative in fourteen scenes that relates to the events leading from Christ's death sentence to his entombment.

Ian Wilson writes: "The work came from an embryonic idea that I had been considering for some time but which came into sharp focus once pianist Matthew Schellhorn expressed interest in having a new work from me.

"In the past, I have sought on occasion to marry aspects of the Christian faith with universal human experience. Works such as The Seven Last Words (for piano trio), Winter's Edge (for string quartet), and Rich Harbour (a concerto for organ and orchestra) have all sought to distil the emotional content of the ideas behind them and to transpose them onto dramatic musical frameworks that carry the works forward unhindered by dogma or imagery.

"In Stations, I use the devotional sequence of the Stations of the Cross as the structural and emotional basis for a large-scale instrumental work. As well as being obviously related to that idea, I also want to expand the potential 'meaning' of the work so that intimations of programme music or purely impressionistic or pictorial responses will not arise, but rather a strong, unified journey-type piece will result. The intention is to have a multi-movement, seventy-five-minute work that creates its own sense of musical drama as it proceeds."

Stations is divided into four Books. While complete performances of the whole work are the aspiration, each Book is also performable as a separate entity. The cycle will continue in recitals in autumn 2007, and will be completed at the Wigmore Hall in 2008.
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