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Requiem – London Premiere

2nd July  at 7.45pm

 Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Chelsea

Following the acclaimed premiere of the composer’s  Requiem Mass last year at Gloucester Cathedral the awared winning young choral group Evoke will give the work its first concert performance in London on the 2nd July.

“Even on just one hearing I’m in no doubt that this is a work of considerable importance and stature”. Seen and Heard – Review – John Quinn

See also ‘Church Times’ – Review by Roderic Dunnett

Their programme also includes works by other classic and contemporary British composers, including Howells’ ‘Take Him Earth for Cherishing’ and McDowall, ‘O Oriens’.

For advanced tickets please visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/evoke/venables-requiem/2019-07-02/19:45/t-qgnoyx

Location: Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, Sloane St
London,SW1X 9BZ
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Evoke is a dynamic new chamber choir formed in 2016 by Artistic Director, Victoria Ely, and based in London. The vision of the ensemble is to bring a fresh perspective to choral music; challenging traditional stereotypes, keeping choral music relevant in contemporary society and exploring new performance environments and formats.

Please visit their website at www.evokemusic.org


A New Score From Novello

After ten years of wrangling over copyright problems this score has finally been published. The fifth song on the cycle was originally a setting of the poem ‘Reluctance’ by Robert Frost.  The Trustees of the estate have put an embargo on composers setting Frost’s poetry no matter what kind of composition was being written. There were to be no exceptions and so Ian venables’ setting of Reluctance suffered the same fate. The only way forward was for the composer to reset the song with a different poem. In 2018 the composer collaborated with the poet Jim Dening on a new text that would replace Frost’s poem.  Jim Dening’s poem ‘Ending’ was the result. The composer wrote in his forward to the cycle, ” The new text has exceeded all my expectations and although the poem has a different narrative from Frost’s, it is nevertheless and exquisitely beautiful poem that seamlessly realises both the structure and the subtly changing moods of the original setting”

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Ending

Haunting the streets of the past
I came upon those few places
where I found the tender warmth
of bygone friends and their graces;
and have come to mourn and implore
the ghosts of their faces.

The images fade like dead leaves,
with winds of winter abating;
they fall away one by one,
none but the most precious creating
a vision of some one now
who may be still waiting.

In our mem’ries are scraps of our lives
when we could be carefree and careless;
but some we cling to and guard
as if to redress an old promise,
though distance and heartbreak and loss
will have wiped out all solace.

Ah, here is the very place
where we parted as if we were sleeping;
we parted, and still now
I see past calling, past keeping,
the face or its ghost look back,
smiling, not weeping.


‘The Song of the Severn’ – Performance

11th May, Ivor Gurney Hall, King’s School, Gloucester.

Performed by Andrew Randall (baritone), Eric McElroy (piano) and the Carducci String Quartet 

 

The Ivor Gurney and Arthur Bliss Societies present a programme of music that will feature the 2nd UK performance of the composer’s chamber song cycle, The Song of the Severn.

This work was commisisoned by the Malvern Concert Club for their 2013 concert season and it was given it premiere at the Malvern Theatres by Roderic Williams, Tom Poster and the Carducci String Quartet.

 

 

It was later recorded for Signum Records. Click Here for details

 

CLICK below for an audio extract of On Malvern Hill

 


 


 Requiem Mass – Premiere

Gloucester Cathedral Choir, conducted by Adrian Partington

2nd November 2018

In 2017 the composer was commissioned by Bryce and Cynthia Somerville to write a Requiem Mass in memory of their parents. The Mass was given its premiere on All Souls’ Day 2018 by Adrian Partington and the choir of Gloucester Cathedral and the Introit was published earlier that year under the title of Requiem Aeternam (see below)

Review of the premiere by John Quinn for ‘SEEN AND HEARD’

 

Review  of the premiere by Roderic Dunnett for the ‘CHURCH TIMES’

Requiem ‘Introit published by Novello

 

“Ian Venables’ setting of the Introit from the start of a Requiem Mass is a beautifully expressive response to the words – one feels not only that every syllable has significance, but there is an almost hypnotic quality to the repetitions of short phrases”  Julian Elloway, Royal School of Church Music

For further details and music score please click the LINK below

 

https://www.musicroom.com/product-detail/product1137600/variant1137600/ian-venables-requiem-aeternam/

The Introit was recently recorded for SOMM RECORDS by the chapel choir of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, conducted by William Vann.

It is now available on a CD of Remembrance music that also includes a new arrangement of Faure’s Requiem.

“Fauré’s Requiem, arranged for choir and organ by Iain Farrington, and Ian Venables’ newly-composed Requiem Aeternam (in its first recording) both offer succor and solace in their conviction that death is not the end but, as Fauré thought of it: “a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.” NAXOS REVIEW

To listen to the Introit and to purchase the CD please click the Link below

https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/in-remembrance/

 


 End of Year Review of 2018

‘Looking Back’ and Looking Forward

Although the worldwide Armistice Day commemorations held on the 11th November 2018 marked the official 100th year anniversary of the ending of the Great War sporadic outbreaks of hostilities continued until the  formal ending took place with the signing of The Treaty of Versailles on the 28th June 1919. To coincide with the climax to the 2018 commemorations, The Philomusica of Gloucestershire performed a concert of remembrance music in Tewkesbury Abbey on the eve of Armistice Day. The concert included the composer’s large-scale choral work, ‘Awake, awake, the world is young’ Op.34. 

This work was commissioned by  the Charlton King’s and Cirencester Choral Societies to mark the Millennium in November 2000 and the texts reflected  the composer’s hope that this significant moment in history might bring into sharper focus humanities more noble aspirations. Indeed, the sentiments expressed in both the Tennyson and Flecker poems are those that we all hope for at the start of each New Year.’

The composer’s own response to the WW1 commemorations was his 2016 song cycle Through These Pale Cold Days’ for tenor, viola and piano. Since it’s premiere in June of that year this work has been performed several times both here in the UK and in the USA. In October 2018 it was the centrepiece of a WW1 Commemorative song recital performed by James Gilchrist with the pianist Benjamin Frith and cellist Richard Jenkinson. Its most recent performance was given in San Francisco last November sung by the acclaimed tenor, Brian Thorsett.

Latest Music Score From Novello

Five Songs of War and Remembrance for voice, viola and piano

 


New Publications from Music Sales: The Chester Vocal Anthology

 

The composer’s songs feature in a new series of song anthologies published by Chester Music. In three separate volumes for, soprano, tenor and bass twenty-four popular songs have been selected from the major exam boards syllabuses, spanning Grades 5 to 8 and beyond. Both the Soprano and Bass, anthology; includes the song ‘Flying Crooked’ and the Tenor anthology contains the song, ‘Because I liked you better’ (from Songs of Eternity and Sorrow).

 

The performance notes for the soprano volume are written by Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton. The programme notes for the tenor album by James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook and the notes for the bass album by Donald Maxwell and Angela Livingstone.

For further details please click the following LINK

https://www.musicroom.com/product-detail/product1140222/variant1140222/the-chester-vocal-anthology-soprano/


 

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