News: 2011

Review: Austrian Cultural Forum’s Soundings XI

Kings Place, London
Africa (text by David Diop)
Patricia Rozario (soprano) and Mary Dullea (piano)

The Guardian 7.12.2011

Also noteworthy were a focused offering from David Fennessy, a laid-back, witty triptych from Joe Cutler, and a well-worked setting of David Diop’s poem Africa by Robert Fokkens, beautifully sung by Patricia Rozario.

Soundings retrospective at Kings Place

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents a retrospective concert of works from their annual Soundings series which brings together composers based in Austria and the UK for performances, discussions and workshops. Music by Soundings composers Reinhard Fuchs, Elisabeth Harnik, Gerhard Krammer, Johannes Maria Staud, Joanna Wozny (Austria) and  Ed Bennett, Joe Cutler, Robert Fokkens, David Fennessy, Emily Howard and Claudia Molitor (UK) will be presented, performed by the  highly acclaimed performers Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, Robin Michael and Mary Dullea), Adam Clifford, (percussion) Tom Lessels, (clarinet) Lore Lixenberg (mezzo –soprano) Patricia Rozario, (soprano) and Rowland Sutherland (flute).

Patricia Rozario and Mary Dullea perform Robert’s setting of David Diop’s visionary poem, Africa.

SOUNDINGS: CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FROM AUSTRIA AND BRITAIN

Monday 5 December at 8.00pm

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.
Box Office on 020 7520 1490

Kosmos and juice at the International Wimbledon Music Festival

Two of the UK’s most exciting and creative musical threesomes - vocal trio juice and string trio Kosmos - perform the world premiere of a new commission from Robert for both ensembles combined alongside sets by each ensemble.

International Wimbledon Music Festival 2011

Thursday 24 November 2011 at 8.00pm

juice www.juicevocalensemble.net

Kosmos www.kosmosensemble.com

International Wimbledon Music Festival www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk

Retorica in Shanghai

Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo, violins) present the final concert of their Chinese tour at one of the top arts venues in China, the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. The concert includes a performance of my Orange, commissioned and premiered by Retorica at the Odessa 2Days2Nights Festival 2008.

Retorica Tour of China

Sunday 20 November 2011 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre.

www.retorica.co.uk

Retorica Tour of China continues

Violin duo Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo) present the fourth of the concerts in their Chinese tour at Dongguan Donghu Theatre, including in their performance my Orange, originally written for their performance at the Odessa 2Days2Nights Festival 2008.

Retorica Tour of China

Saturday 19 November 2011 at the Dongguan Donghu Theatre

www.retorica.co.uk

 

Retorica in Guangzhou

Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo, violins) continue their tour of China with a performance at Guangzhou Tianhe Cultural Centre, including in their programme my Orange, commissioned and premiered by them in 2008.

Retorica Tour of China

Friday 18 November 2011 at the Guangzhou Tianhe Cultural Centre

www.retorica.co.uk

Retorica in Beijing

Retorica continue their tour of China with a concert in Beijing, including a performance of my Orange.

Retorica Tour of China

Sunday 13 November 2011 at the  Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)

www.retorica.co.uk

Chinese premiere of Orange

Violin duo Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo) present the Chinese premiere of my duo Orange in the first of their concerts on a tour of China.

Retorica Tour of China

Saturday 12 November 2011 at Dalian Development Area Grand Theatre

www.retorica.co.uk

Review: Chamber Music from Debussy to Crane

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

Musical Pointers website
http://www.musicalpointers.co.uk/reviews/liveevents11/AnneSophieDuprels.html

…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