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Performance on BBC Radio 3 "Afternoon on 3"

Matthew Schellhorn's recent appearance with the Ulster Orchestra will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 22nd January 2013.



The performance took place in October last year and was part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens.

The broadcast, presented as part of the Lutoslawski Centenary Week on BBC Radio 3, feature Lutoslawski's
Musique funèbre, written in memory of Bela Bartók, and Ian Wilson's piece for orchestra, solo piano and flute band, Flags and Emblems. The composer himself conducts, and the orchestra is joined by the Ballygowan Flute Band and long-time collaborator Matthew Schellhorn. The performance was the world premiere.

“Afternoon on 3” begins at 14:00 and the performance will begin at around 15:05.

Listen online here.

New interview on birdsong

Matthew Schellhorn discusses the connexions between birdsong and music in a new online interview.

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The interview, on the 15questions.net site, answers questions such as “Can animal sounds be considered music?” and “Is birdsong a display of creativity?”

Matthew, who has built several programmes around the theme of bird song, asserts that the most remarkable thing about these programmes is that they both confirm and contest Messiaen's position in the field of birdsong: "One of the things I wish to articulate in this programme is how dependent he was, perhaps, on those who had gone before him.”

Read the full interview here: http://www.15questions.net/interview/interview-matthew-schellhorn/page-1/

Performance workshop in Cambridge

Matthew Schellhorn recently gave a performance workshop at the University of Cambridge.

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The class, taking place at the Faculty of Music, was held for 2nd and 3rd year students as part of the Music course.

Students presented several contemporary piano works, including Piano Piece (to Philip Gustan) (1963) by Morton Feldman, ff (Fortissimo) (1995) by Jonathan Harvey, and Lucifer’s Banjo (2006) by Martin Butler.

Read more about Matthew’s educational work.

Performance with Notes Inégales in Cambridge

On Monday 26 November 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will perform at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

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He joins ensemble Notes Inégales, directed by Peter Wiegold, in performances of works by Richard Causton, John Hopkins and Peter Wiegold. The day will also see workshops with current students at the University of Cambridge, culminating in a performance of their Postcard Pieces.

Programme:

Peter Wiegold 3 Songs from Within this Body (Sufi texts) John Hopkins For the Far Journey Richard Causton Phoenix


Ticket & booking information:
£10, £5 (concessions) Tickets available from the ADC Theatre: 01223 300085
http://www.westroad.org/event-info/notes-inegales/

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.

Recent festival performance now online

Highlights from Matthew Schellhorn’s recent recital at the Walled City Fesitval are now online.

Exploring a huge range of idioms, this recital of Irish contemporary piano music gave a survey of Irish music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and included two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Gráinne Mulvey and Nicola LeFanu (daughter of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy).

The programme included several pieces commissioned for the (AXA) Dublin International Piano Competition, and also made a special feature of the music of Ian Wilson, with whom Schellhorn has developed a close working relationship over the last decade.

Listen online at SoundCloud

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

Forthcoming recital at Vortex Jazz Club

On Tuesday 26 June 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will collaborate with UK-based Kazach violinist, Aisha Orazbayeva, in a recital at London’s Vortex Jazz Club. The pair will perform Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano in a programme built around the nonclassical release, Outside, released earlier in the year.

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Orazbayeva and her album 'Outside' have been reviewed as “a rich mix of uncompromising contemporary music, electronics, even singing“ (The Strad), and as “inventive textures you could use to resurface half of the UK’s motorways… superb” (The Sound Projector). The evening, a rich mix of uncompromising contemporary music, electronics and singing, will also feature an appearance by Peter Zinovieff (computer) in music by Sciarrino, Ravel, Zinovieff-Orazbayeva, Salvador Lachenmann-Orazbayeva.

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Read about the CD here

Forthcoming song recital in Cambridge

On Tuesday 15 May 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will collaborate with American lyric coloratura soprano, Michelle Latour, in a song recital in Cambridge. The evening will feature the beautiful Hölderlin Lieder by Silesian-born Austrian composer, Viktor Ullmann (1898–1944), as well as new works by Americans Lori Latiman and Ned Rorem. The programme also includes the UK Premiere of pieces from the evocative set, Vteřiny (‘Seconds’), by Czech composer Vitĕzslava Kaprálová (1815–1840).

Michelle Latour

Full programme:

Lori Laitman (b. 1955) On the Green Trail
On the Green Trail
Looking at My Hands
Small Night Song from Oneonta

Vitĕzslava Kaprálová (1815–1840) Vteřiny (‘Seconds’) (selection) UK Premiere:
Bílým šátkem mává (‘With a white handkerchief he waves’)
Píseň milostná (‘Love Song’)
Velikonoce (‘Easter’)
Posmrtná variace (‘Posthumous variation’)
Léta mlčí, léta jdou (‘The years are silent’)
Novoroční (‘New Year’)

Viktor Ullmann (1898–1944) Hölderlin Lieder
Sonnenuntergang (‘Sunset’)
Der Frühling (‘Spring’)
Abendphantasie (‘Evening reverie’)

Ned Rorem (b. 1923) Nantucket Songs (selection)
The Dance
Mother, I Cannot Mind my Wheel
Fear of Death
Thoughts of a Young Girl
The Dancer

Related links:
Michelle Latour
Lori Laitman
The Kapralova Society
The Viktor Ullmann Foundation

Forthcoming recital in Bath

On Wednesday 29 February 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will give a solo recital in Bath at the Michael Tippett Centre.

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The programme, entitled “In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen”, includes works by Messiaen’s teacher, Maurice Emmanuel, Tristan Murail and Jonathan Harvey, and also features the UK premiere of The shadow of the blackbird by David Bruce.

The concert will be preceded by masterclasses at 13:00–15:00.

Full programme:

Maurice Emmanuel (1862–1938)
Sonatine No. 2 ‘Pastorale’, Op. 5 (1897)
1. La Caille (Quail)
2. Le Rossignol (Nightingale)
3. Le Coucou (Cuckoo)

David Bruce (b. 1970)
The Shadow of the Blackbird UK PREMIERE

Tristan Murail (b. 1947)
Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire... in memoriam Olivier Messiaen (1992)

Jonathan Harvey (b. 1939)
Tombeau de Messiaen (for piano and digital audio tape) (1994)

INTERVAL

Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
La Fauvette des jardins (Garden Warbler) (1970)

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