Tom David Wilson was born in Manchester in 1957. In the 1970’s he was a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied composition with Andrew Downs. In the 1980’s he was a student at Goldsmiths College, London University where he spent five years studying composition with Melanie Dakin and Edward Gregson. For ten years he was Head of Woodwind and Tutor for Academic Music at Uppingham School in Rutland but since 1989 he has lived in Glasgow where he teaches composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at St. Mary?s Music School in Edinburgh.

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Feb
22
Fri
Sally Beamish: New Work [world premiere] @ Wigmore Hall, London
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

Elias String Quartet

The first of Schumann’s string quartets (1842) is heard alongside a new companion piece written by Sally Beamish – herself a viola player whose music the Elias Quartet has previously championed.

  • Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)
        • Fantasias (selection)
  • Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
        • String Quartet in G Op. 77 No. 1
  • INTERVAL
  • Sally Beamish (b.1956)
        • Nine Fragments (world première) [1]
  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
        • String Quartet in A minor Op. 41 No. 1
Feb
23
Sat
Rory Boyle: Selkie Song @ Blackburn Cathedral
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm
Feb
26
Tue
Sally Beamish: Four Songs from Hafez @ Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm

A woman’s life and love? For Milton Court Artist-in-Residence Roderick Williams, Schumann’s great song cycle opens up some remarkably modern perspectives on identity and the human heart.

‘The joy is the love, the love is the joy’ declares the (supposedly) female narrator of Frauenliebe und-leben. ‘I have said it, and won’t take it back!’ And since human emotion acknowledges no gender, Williams has assembled an entire recital that explores the limitlessly fluid ways in which two souls can merge.

It’s an inspired idea for a song recital: since every song is itself an encounter of words and music, singer and pianist – each enriched by the other. Brahms is a natural complement to Schumann, but songs by Sally Beamish, Herbert Howells and a new cycle by Ryan Wigglesworth all offer an utterly distinctive perspective.  For Roderick Williams, though, it’s simply about communication: ‘I’d love audiences to think, “What an amazing juxtaposition of music and poetry this is”.’

Rory Boyle: Trio Notturno for Flute, Viola and Harp [World Premiere] @ St David's Hall, Cardiff
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm

A double bill of two fascinating instrumental combinations brings you a multi-award winning trio of harp, viola and flute, Trio Anima, alongside an accordion and cello duo, Park Lane Group Artists Duo Bayanello.

Duo Bayanello, created by accordionist Iosif Purits and cellist Cecila Bignall, will be performing works from Martin?, to John Cage, to NightMusic associate composer Freya Waley-Cohen.? Described as “daring, audacious and simply magnificent?, Trio Anima will bring us works by Rory Boyle, Toru Takemitsu and Th?odore Dubois. The programme will also feature a new commission from T??Cerdd.

Feb
27
Wed
Dave Arcari with Andres Roots @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm
Feb
28
Thu
Sally Beamish: Four Songs from Hafez @ Upper Chapel, Sheffield
Feb 28 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm

PERFORMERS

Roderick Williams (Baritone) and Andrew West (Piano)

PROGRAMME

  • SCHUMANN: Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42 (A Woman’s Love and Life)
  • WIGGLESWORTH: New work
  • and additional songs by BRAHMS, CLARA SCHUMANN, HOWELLS AND BEAMISH
Mar
1
Fri
Dave Arcari with Andres Roots @ Leith Depot, Edinburgh
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm
Mar
2
Sat
Dave Arcari with Andres Roots @ Buchanan Memorial Hall
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm
Mar
8
Fri
Gemma McGregor: Love Was His Meaning @ St Thomas's Church, Salisbury
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm

The Godolphin Vocal Ensemble will premiere Gemma McGregor’s Love Was His Meaning for SSA Chorus with harp at the Salisbury International Women’s Day service on 8 March 2019 at 6pm at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury. This piece was commissioned by the Multitude of Voyces as one of a set of four choral pieces by women composers that set text by 14th century mystic, Dame Julian of Norwich.

Mar
9
Sat
PM Music: Sari Schorr @ Oran Mor, Glasgow
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm