Alex Woolf Octet
Benjamin Ashby I've been planning for an impromptu
Philharmonia Orchestra / Geoffrey Paterson conductor
These new works were premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall prior to a full Philharmonia Orchestra concert.
In addition to this high-profile performance, the composers were guided through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as benefitting from specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a ‘works in progress’ workshop. From 2017 a recording and release on the NMC Recordings label has been included, enabling the works to have an international platform via online stores and streaming platforms.
Chia-Ying Lin Intermezzo to the Minotaur was inspired by Picasso's artwork Le Minotaure (1928), the piece influenced by the human ambiguity of the minotaur - the divine and bestial. Alex Woolf's Octet draws on threetypes of musical energy: outlandish and explosive, muscular and powerful, and pulsing and propulsive, and Benjamin Ashby's I've been planning for an impromptu explores improvisation inspired by the composer's free-jazz heroes Evan Parker and Barry Guy.
Austin Leung Music From the World
Eugene Birman Adagio
Philharmonia Orchestra / Anna-Maria Helsing conductor
Three new works by emerging composers Freya Waley-Cohen, Austin Leung and Eugene Birman, participants in the Philharmonia’s 2017/18 Composers’ Academy and winners of the 2017 RPS Composition Prize (supported by the ABRSM, Britten-Pears Foundation, Delius Trust, The Radcliffe Trust and Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation). This concert is the culminating concert in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s contemporary music series Music of Today 2017/18 season.
Under the guidance of Unsuk Chin, Artistic Director of the Music of Today series, the three composers have developed their works over their 10-month participation in the Composers’ Academy programme. They have benefited from many different seminars with leading instrumentalists, composers and conductors, including the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. They have also engaged in a series of contemporary instrument exploration sessions and a works-in-progress workshop with Philharmonia players and conductor Anna-Maria Helsing.
In addition, the programme has offered a range of industry insight sessions, and we are grateful to NMC Recordings, PRS and Schott Music for their input into the Academy programme. The three composers have also engaged in a number of events with De Montfort University’s Music Technology and Innovation Centre, as part of the Philharmonia’s strategic partnership with De Montfort University, Leicester.
Philharmonia Orchestra / Patrick Bailey conductor
The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Composers Academy is supported by:
Composers’ Academy partner in Leicester
We are grateful to the following for their support: The Boltini Trust, The Leche Trust, RVW Trust
Royal Philharmonic Society is grateful for the support of Britten-Pears Foundation, Delius Trust, Radcliffe Trust and Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation