Mr McFall’s Chamber was formed with the aim to create new audiences, new music and new directions in music. The group has a policy of mixing widely different styles in the same programme – anything from progressive rock, tango, cartoon classics, folk, jazz, early music to contemporary classical – to introduce audiences to music they otherwise might not encounter. Running through the group’s history and planning for the future is a genuine desire to broaden the appeal of the (often lesser-known) music that it plays. The group is also dedicated to supporting the work of UK composers and regularly commissions new works, as well as generating new music from within the ranks of the ensemble.
Artists: Susan Hamilton, soprano
Mr McFall’s Chamber Strings: Rosenna East, violin 1 | Robert McFall, violin 2 | Brian Schiele, viola | Su-a Lee, cello
Errollyn Wallen's new work combines Latin American-influenced words and music with contemporary composition. Focusing on the subject of death, Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? weaves together powerful swinging rhythms with gospel style embellishments. The texts display a wide range of characters and deal with different perspectives on death while avoiding an angry or morose approach.
Marrying a Central American sensibility with contemporary European stylings, the Belize-born composer's work resonates with New Music Biennial's international theme.
For more information about all 20 pieces of the New Music Biennial, visit our page: http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/new-music-biennial
Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? was commissioned by Mr McFall's Chamber.
Produced with the support of partners and funders:
The performance of Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? was recorded live by the BBC at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 2 August 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 4 and 7 August 2014.