News: October, 2011

Review: Chamber Music from Debussy to Crane

Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
Anne Sophie Duprels (soprano) Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)

Musical Pointers website

…A short selection of varied songs ended the evening, the most affecting being 2 poignant songs by Charlotte Bray and Robert Fokkens - composers of the younger generation who are making their mark with original and memorable writing. These songs evoked some of Shakespeare’s sonnets arranged as haiku by Richard Thomas’ wife Caroline. The words and music were concentrated and beautiful, and perfectly executed by the soprano and pianist. We are told these two songs mark the start of an ongoing collaboration setting these haiku. We eagerly await more!

This moving and memorable evening was preceded by a pre-concert talk held between the composers and chaired, with customary panache, by BBC Proms presenter Katie Derham. Composers rarely do themselves justice in these events, but Bray and Fokkens charmed in their honesty and genuine passion for what they do.

Irreconcilable Truths at New Music Indaba 2011

French-Canadian duo Veronique Mathieu (violin) and Sophie Patey (piano) perform Irreconcilable Truths in a recital for NewMusicSA’s New Music Indaba 2011 which also includes music by Lutoslawski, Carter, Donatoni and others.

Veronique Mathieu and Sophie Patey

New Music Indaba 2011, The Pop Art Space, Johannesburg

Sunday 16 October at 14:00

Anne Sophie Duprels and Andrew Matthews-Owen at the Purcell Room

New songs by myself (Your Absence), Charlotte Bray, Laurence Crane and Dougal Irvine are performed alongside music for voice, piano and string quartet by Debussy, Shostakovich and Piazzolla. This concert at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room also includes the world premiere of Laurence Crane’s new piano quintet.

Chamber Music from Debussy to Crane

The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Sunday 16 October 2011 at  7.45pm

Anne Sophie Duprels (soprano)

Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)

Brodowski Quartet

The Southbank Centre


Flights into Darkness at the Pontlevoy Festival in France

Actor Tom Frankland and pianist Jakob Fichert present a performance of the melodrama Flights into Darkness (text devised by myself and the cast after Wilde and Schnitzler, music by me) at the Pontlevoy Festival in France. Commissioned by Sounds Underground in 2009 and performed that year at The Warehouse, London; The Jacqueline du Pres Concert Hall, Oxford; and the Riverside Studios, London as part of the Tete-a-tete Opera Festival, Flights into Darkness was described by Oxford’s Daily Info as highly original...It is impossible not to be completely enthralled.., whilst Carla Rees, writing for said of the piece:

this is an intelligently conceived piece that has touches of brilliance. The work is dark, mesmerising and enormously intense, and this performance was an unforgettable experience.

Pontlevoy Festival, France

Friday 7 October 2011 at 8.00pm