A great Deal of contemporary music

June 10, 2013

It will soon be time for this year’s Deal Festival, this year celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, and there’s a selection of contemporary musical events lined up at the seaside town between 28 June – 7 July.

deal_festival_logoSt George’s Church will host a performance of Tavener‘s mesmering The Protecting Veil, featuring cellist Matthew Sharp, on Saturday 29 June. The Aurora Orchestra brings a programme including Boulez‘s Memoriale on Sunday 30 June.

A new song cycle, Rest, by Emily Hall and Toby Litt is the late night feature on Monday 1 July.

Harpist Ruth Wall

Harpist Ruth Wall

The Fitkin-Wall duo will be at The Pines Calyx at 1pm on Tuesday 2 July to perform Lost, a mesmeric work for harps and keyboard.  Graham Fitkin is celebrating his fiftieth birthday and since 2003 has been working closely with Ruth Wall.

Later in the evening, a new commission for community performers, The Burning of the Boats by David Burridge and libretto by Martin Riley, is a dramatic re-telling of the burning of boats on Dover Beach to combat smuggling. In the evening, vocal octet Voces8 include a commission by Harvey Brough in their evening concert.

Wednesday 3 July includes a performance by pianist William Howard of a newly-commisioned work by David Matthews.

For jazz enthusiasts, the David Gordon Trio play at the Astor Theatre at 9.45pm on Thursday 4 July.

You can download the festival programme here (pdf), and follow the Festival on Twitter.

Good luck to the Deal Festival, and a happy thirtieth birthday!

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The composer as transmitter: Boulez interview

April 15, 2013

Spotted on Twitter via @musikFabrik, this fascinating interview from Universal Edition with Pierre Boulez, in which the composer talks about the composer ”as a transmitter; nothing else,” the influence of non-European cultures on his music, finishing and not finishing works, and the tantalising suggestion of Dérive III