10/10 was founded by two RLPO members, clarinettistNicholas Cox and cellist Hilary Browning. Since its first concert on 22 November 1997 at 10.10pm, it has become established as a regular feature of Liverpool concert life, under the baton of conductor Clark Rundell.
10/10’s concerts are an eclectic mixture of new commissions, world premieres and contemporary classics given in an informal atmosphere. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has commissioned a huge range of UK composers for the Ensemble, as well as many from abroad. 10/10 explores the best new music from around the world, but equally it actively supports local composers – concerts always include music from the North west.
Ensemble 10/10 is the winner of two awards at the 2009 RPS Music Awards, the Concert Series and Festivals category and, along with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble category.
Clark Rundell is Director of Contemporary Music and Head of Conducting at the RNCM, and Artistic Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's new music Group, Ensemble 10/10. He studied trombone and conducting at Northwestern University, Chicago, and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the RNCM. He regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made his début in 1987, as well as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Clark has given world premières of works by composers including Louis Andriessen, Django Bates, David Bedford, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
A highly versatile musician, Clark served for fourteen years as Director of Jazz Studies at the RNCM, and has performed with artists such as John Dankworth, Bob Brookmeyer, Cleo Laine and Andy Sheppard. As an arranger, he has worked with Louis Andriessen and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
American tenor John McMunn studied at the Boston University Opera Institute; Harvard University; King’s College, Cambridge and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, Royal College of Music.
A proponent of new music, he has premiered operas by Anthony Cheung, Christoper Hossfeld, Nicolas Shardlow, and appeared in the premiere production of Robert Zuidam’s Rage d’amours at the Tanglewood Music Center, where has twice been awarded vocal fellowships. Notable 20th century performances include Helmut Lachenmann’s Consolation 1, Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants and the Transfiguration (BBC Proms 2008), as well as Huw Watkin’s In my craft or sullen art (RCM Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beyond Series). He sang the first tenor solos in the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Graffiti with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and was named a Park Lane Group Young Artist for 2010. In May 2010, he created the role of Macroom in Klaas de Vries’s Wake at the Nationale Reisopera of the Netherlands.
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Emily Howard - composer
Selma Dimitrijevic - libretto
John McMunn tenor Emil
Wendy Dawn Thompson mezzo-soprano Dana
Rosalind Coad soprano Commentator
Susanne Dymott contralto Starter/Mother
Peter Brathwaite baritone Mimoun/Father
Toby Girling baritone Chataway/Lieutenant Colonel
Kris Belligh baritone Schade/Mr Bata
Members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir
Clark Rundell Conductor
Commissioned by Second Movement, Zátopek! is a chamber opera with music by Emily Howard and libretto by Selma Dmitrijevic, inspired by the life and times of iconic Czech long distance runner Emil Zátopek (1922-2000). At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics Zátopek a sensational hat-trick winning gold at 5000m, 10,000m and the marathon with a winning time at 5000m of 14 minutes and 6 seconds. Zátopek! is a thrilling near-real time musical recreation of this legendary race and celebration of its extraordinary winner. With Second Movement’s Soloists, Ensemble 10/10 and members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir conducted by Clark Rundell.
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.
Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.
"Emily Howard's short opera is, like its subject, almost insanely ambitious." ★★★★ - The Guardian
‘Howard’s mini-opera Zatopek! Seethes with invention’ BBC Music Magazine
"As unreservedly entertaining as the man it pays tribute to" - The Liverpool Echo
This performance of Zatopek! was recorded by the BBC at the Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 16 June 2012.