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Concert raises money for Christians in the Holy Land

Matthew Schellhorn's CD launch concert in April raised nearly £1000 for Christians in the Holy Land.

Jerusalem Cross

Matthew Schellhorn started his tour to launch his new CD, Ian Wilson: Stations, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark. Speaking at the time, he said:

"To add another dimension to the proceedings, I wanted to link tonight’s concert with the Holy Land – to make a special association between Ian Wilson’s Stations and the ‘real’ Stations of the Cross.
When a Christian prays the Stations of the Cross he is considering on some level the objective reality of Jesus’ suffering, and in a particular way he is connecting himself with the geographical location, or locations, where that suffering took place.

"These days we are very conscious of all the difficulties in the Holy Land. The locations referred to in the Way of the Cross are troubled places but also ones where an immense amount of Christian love is poured out.

"On that note, I have invited a charity very involved in the Holy Land to take a collection at the end of the evening. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic order under the protection of the Pope. Its members make a lifelong commitment to give alms to support the work of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. In England and Wales, the Order’s Lieutenancy is a registered charity and is involved with several important projects. It funds parishes and subsidises schools in Israel, Palestine and Jordan, also supporting Bethlehem University and its students there. In recent years, it has covered the costs of a training programme for English teachers, and has supported the building of new churches in Israel and in Jordan.

"I would encourage everyone to give generously to this important, worthwhile charity."

Performance at the National Concert Hall, Ireland

Matthew Schellhorn returns to Ireland to perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, as part of the Contemporary Music Centre’s Salon Series, on Wednesday 28 May at 18:00.

Presenting a programme of Irish piano music, Matthew Schellhorn makes a particular focus on works composed as test pieces for competition or with specific technical challenges in mind.

The programme includes Ian Wilson’s Verschwindend, a short, challenging piece commissioned for the 2003 Dublin International Piano Competition and given its UK premiere in 2007 by Matthew Schellhorn.

Linda Buckley contributes a new piece, serein, built upon technical ideas stemming from her preparation of a test piece for next year’s competition.

At the centre of the programme is a new work by Seán Clancy: exploring ‘singular activities that are devoid of drama’, Thirteen Minutes of Music on the Subject of the Transformation of Things represents ideas that currently occupy the composer’s thoughts.

The performance concludes with the second performance of Gráinne Mulvey’s Steel-grey splinters, commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn and released on disc in February 2014.

Admission Free | Booking Recommended | tel: 01 417 0000 | www.nch.ie

Full programme:

Ian Wilson Verschwindend (2001) 5′
Linda Buckley serein (2014) 6′ WORLD PREMIERE
Seán Clancy Thirteen Minutes of Music on the Subject of the Transformation of Things (2014) 13′ IRISH PREMIERE
Gráinne Mulvey Steel-grey splinters (2012) 8′ IRISH PREMIERE

CD launch tour continues

Matthew Schellhorn's performances of Ian Wilsons' Stations continue, with concerts during May in Cambridge and Thorpe Bay, during June at the Wymondham Music Festival, and during July in Ripon Cathedral.

Ian Wilson: Stations

Full details | Listen to and buy the disc

Forthcoming song recitals

Matthew Schellhorn renews his collaboration with "electric" (Early Music Today) soprano Susanna Fairbairn with song recitals in Oxford and the Harwich Festival.

Susanna Fairbairn

They will perform works by Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Colin Riley in a programme inspired by themes of childhood. On Saturday May 24 at 20:00 their performance in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Oxford, will include the World Premiere of John Duggan's The Owl and the Pussycat. And on Friday 4th July at 13:00 their appearance in the Harwich Festival will include the World Premiere of Toby Young's Pretty Stories for Little Children.

Full details for Oxford | Full details for Harwich Festival

RTÉ lyric fm features Ian Wilson: Stations

Matthew Schellhorn's new album Ian Wilson: Stations will be featured on RTÉ lyric fm's "Nova" programme on Sunday 6th April 2014 at 20:00.

RTE

Listen online here

New solo disc now available

Matthew Schellhorn's new disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, is released today, Sunday 6th April 2014. Released on Diatribe Records, Ireland's leading label for new music, this is Matthew Schellhorn's first solo CD.

Ian Wilson: Stations

Stations is a monumental piano work inspired by the Stations of the Cross. Describing the piece as "more contemplative than pictorial", The Irish Times has written that "Matthew Schellhorn plays with a control that matches the determination and focus of the work as a whole".

Listen to and buy the disc

Launch concert this week

The launch concert will take place at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, on Tuesday 8th April 2014 at 19:30. The concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of the Holy Land and will include meditations by The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham. All are welcome.

Please note the venue is St George's Cathedral, Southwark (not the Anglican Cathedral). The exact location is shown here.

New radio interview

Matthew Schellhorn was recently interviewed for Sirius XM Radio.

Sirius XM logo

Dr Jennifer Pascual discussed Matthew's new disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, in an interview that also included the composer.

The interview will air on April 5 and 6: Saturday, 1:00am – 2:00am and 11:00pm – 12:00am; Sunday, 6:00am – 7:00am and 8:00pm – 9:00pm (All Eastern times).

Listen to the programme on The Catholic Channel

Matthew Schellhorn writes for The Sampler blog

Matthew Schellhorn has written a new article for Sound and Music's The Sampler blog.

Sound and Music

Writing on secularism and the composer/listener relationship in religious music, Matthew Schellhorn discusses Ian Wilson's Stations ahead of its forthcoming release on CD.

Read the full article here

Four-star review in The Irish Times

Matthew Schellhorn's new disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, has received a four-star review in The Irish Times.

The Irish Times

Describing the work as "more contemplative than pictorial", Michael Dervan wrote that "Matthew Schellhorn plays with a control that matches the determination and focus of the work as a whole".

Read the full review here

CD launch tour

From April to July 2014 Matthew Schellhorn will perform Ian Wilson's Stations during a nine-date tour of the UK and Ireland.

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Tuesday 8th April 2014 at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, is the first date of this tour and will see the launch of the album. His Grace the Archbishop of Birmingham will be present at this concert, at which there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Holy Land. If you would like to attend this concert please send an email via the Contact page.
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