News: April, 2008

Messiaen mutterings

Robert will give a short introduction to Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at a recital of Messiaen’s chamber music at St John’s, Notting Hill. This should be an excellent concert, with some of London’s finest young players playing some of the best of Messiaen’s earlier work.

Thursday 8th May at 7:30pm

Chamber Music of Olivier Messiaen
Martin Rein Organ, Alda Dizdari Violin, Lefki Karpodini Piano,
Richard Russell Clarinet, Jessica Borough Cello

Organ Pieces
Theme with variations for Violin and Piano
Quartet for the End of Time

St John’s, Notting Hill, Lansdowne Crescent, W11 2NN (Holland Park, nearest Underground)

Tickets £10/£8 (conc) at the door.

Clockwise tour of South Africa

Robert’s new work for violin and harp approach, encounter will be performed by Clockwise - acclaimed South African musicians Jacqueline Kerrod (harp) and Marc Uys (violin) - in a tour around South Africa during June-July 2008. This enterprising duo will tour various programmes, including premieres and repeat performances of commissions written for the tour by 11 of South Africa’s finest composers.

A visit (NOT a safari…) to South Africa

In August 2008, Robert will return to South Africa to give presentations and classes at, amongst others, UNISA (Pretoria), the University of Stellenbosch and North West University (Potchefstroom). He will also be involved in the annual New Music Indaba to be held in Pretoria in early September, and will be present at a number of performances of his music. Full details will be available on the Diary page soon.

48 hours of contemporary music in the Ukraine

Duo Retorica - outstanding young British violinists Phillipa Mo and Harriet Mackenzie - perform my latest premiere yet in Odessa’s Two Days and Two Nights of New Music Festival. This remarkable Festival presents a programme of new music from 4pm to 4am two days running (18-20 April), leaving audiences exhausted but, hopefully, elated… Retorica go on at 12am on 20 April, performing a colour-themed set of duos written for them by various composers.

Retorica Duo at the 2D2N Festival, Odessa

The Retorica violin duo (Phillipa Mo and Harriet Mackenzie) perform a set of new works, including Orange by Robert Fokkens, at the 14th Two Days and Two Nights International New Music Festival in Odessa, Ukraine. The annual festival, which runs continuously for two days and nights, is organized by Association New Music, the Ukrainian section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

April 18-20, 2008 (Odessa, Ukraine)