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World Premiere at the Harwich Festival

Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Harwich Festival this week, premiering a new work by British composer Toby Young with soprano Susanna Fairbairn.

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Pretty Stories (and Funny Pictures) is a cycle of five songs for soprano and piano commissioned by the Harwich Festival for this performance, .

The concert, on Friday 4th July, also sees a performance of Colin Riley's A Stranger Called This Morning, and works by Poulenc and Ravel.

Concert details

Late stand-in for Turangalîla-Symphonie

Matthew Schellhorn recently stood in at 48 hours' notice for a performance of Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie by the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.

The concert took place on 20 June in Birmingham Town Hall under the baton of renowned French conductor Pierre-André Valade.

The Birmingham Post gave the concert 5 stars, praising Matthew Schellhorn's 'poised and piquant' playing in the virtuosic solo part.

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Four-star review in BBC Music Magazine

Matthew Schellhorn's latest disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, has received four stars in BBC Music Magazine.

BBC Music Magazine

The disc was featured in 'Brief Notes' of the May 2014 edition. Barry Witherden classified the disc as 'excellent', writing 'Wilson builds his spare yet rigorous reflections on the Stations of the Cross towards dramatic climaxes. Matthew Schellhorn's crisp, committed performance avoids melodrama and sentimentality'.

Matthew Schellhorn's top picks for The Sampler

Matthew Schellhorn is Guest Previewer for the latest edition of Sound and Music's The Sampler.

Top picks are as follows:

Event 1: In Nomine Domini
Date: 15 June
Venue: St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, London
A concert by WoodWork, Guildhall recorder students and alumni, featuring 16th-century and newly commissioned repertoire inspired by John Taverner's In Nomine. The concert features premieres of works by Alexis Bennett, Patrick O'Connor and Toby Young.
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Event 2: Morphosis
Date: 17 June
Venue: Royal Academy of Music, London
London-based Australian pianist Zubin Kanga (pictured) performs new and innovative works for solo piano, created in collaboration with leading British, Estonian and Australian composers. The recital includes the UK premiere of David Young’s graphic score Not Music Yet and the world premiere of Patrick Nunn’s Morphosis, which features electronics controlled by sensors attached to the pianist’s hands.
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Event 3: TONE Festival
Date: 20 - 22 June
Venue: Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent
The UK’s first festival of contemporary sonic and visual arts taking place in its launch year in some unique and challenging settings including The Historic Dockyard, Fort Amherst and sites along the Medway River at Chatham, Kent.
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Event 4: Harwich Festival
Date: 25 June - 6 July
Venue: various in Harwich, Essex
Recently listed as one of the ‘Best of Fest’ in The Sunday Times, this innovative festival runs for 12 days in the beautiful town of Harwich. Artistic Director Diana Burrell programmes new music in inventive contexts.
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Listen: Music by Efthymiou
I have recently had the pleasure of working with this exciting twin-sister composing partnership, who work together and individually to create ground-breaking new music, often as multi-disciplinary sound spectaculars. Hear their 2013 collaboration with Consortium5.
Listen>> to Pulser by Effy Efthymiou
Listen>> to Bustling by Litha Efthymiou

Blog: Lee Westwood
Sound and Music New Voices composer, Lee Westwood, writes about A Hidden Order, his work with artist Sama Mara exploring connections between geometrical art and music.
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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.

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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".

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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.
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