Alison Wells was born in Yorkshire and originally trained as a pianist. She read Mathematics and Music at London University and then spent a year at the Royal Academy of Music, after which she began her vocal studies. She made her South Bank debut in the Park Lane Group's January Series, and in the same year sang the Governess in the Turn of the Screw and took part in Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's Masterclasses at the Wigmore Hall. Since then she has appeared in all the major London concert halls and in many festivals both at home and abroad.
Gramophone Award-winning conductor Richard Bernas is also Music Consultant at Tate Modern. The events he has developed there are without equivalent in European museums, gallery rather than concert based. They have included performing Feldman's Rothko Chapel and Tallis' Lamentations in Tate's Rothko Room, commissioning Rebecca Saunders' Chroma for the large Turbine Hall, performing music during such exhibitions as Arte povera and Brancusi, and collaborations with BBC Radio 3, the Almeida Festival and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
As well as conducting many of the BBC Orchestras and performing extensively in Europe he has worked with many of today's leading composers. World premieres have varied from Maw's Odyssey at the Festival Hall to Stockhausen's Sternklang in the Berliner Tiergarten, including James Dillon's Oceanos for the BBC Proms and a number of ballets for The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, where he has been a guest for a dozen years.
Highlights of his theatre work include Mozart's Idomeneo for the Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse, the Ravel Operas for Opera Zuid, Holland, Britten's Prince of the Pagodas at Covent Garden and the MET and most recently Will Tuckett's full staging of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at ROH2. His recording of Turnage's Greek has recently been re-issued (Decca) and NMC will re-issue his Virgin recording of Casken's Golem.
In April 2005, he returns to Covent Garden for Henze's Ondine.
- 01. Bill Hopkins: En attendant I1'09"
- 02. Bill Hopkins: En attendant II4'24"
- 03. Bill Hopkins: En attendant III5'06"
- 04. Bill Hopkins: En attendant IV4'02"
- 05. Bill Hopkins: En attendant V0'51"
- 06. Bill Hopkins: Two Pomes - She Weeps over Rahoon3'12"
- 07. Bill Hopkins: Two Pomes - On the Beach at Fontana1'31"
- 08. Bill Hopkins: Pendant8'00"
- 09. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - I Sensation1'49"
- 10. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - II Ma Boheme2'43"
- 11. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - III Au Cabaret-Vert2'09"
- 12. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - IV L'Eternite3'59"
- 13. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - V elles viennent2'39"
- 14. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - VI Dieppe0'26"
- 15. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - VII je suis ce cours1'32"
- 16. Bill Hopkins: Sensation - VIII je voudrais que0'56"
- 17. Anthony Gilbert: 9 or 10 Osannas: Osanna for M.2'47"
- 18. Anthony Gilbert: For the various summer mornings0'07"
- 19. Anthony Gilbert: For the colours about some people0'48"
- 20. Anthony Gilbert: and for the 9 lost colour years0'21"
- 21. Anthony Gilbert: For a haunted person2'34"
- 22. Anthony Gilbert: Osanna against the iceman2'13"
- 23. Anthony Gilbert: For one wild grey ghost0'39"
- 24. Anthony Gilbert: Osanna for C.2'54"
- 25. Anthony Gilbert: For the various summer mornings0'05"
- 26. Anthony Gilbert: For my three stars2'32"
- 27. Anthony Gilbert: For a still autumn2'47"
- 28. Anthony Gilbert: Osanna for B.1'20"
- 29. Anthony Gilbert: For a ghostless spring0'35"
- 30. Anthony Gilbert: For the various summer mornings0'06"
- 31. Anthony Gilbert: Osanna for O.2'11"
- 32. Anthony Gilbert: For one wild grey ghost0'41"
- 33. Anthony Gilbert: Osanna for S.7'49"
The enigmatic and intensely charged music of Bill Hopkins reflects the avant-garde sound-world of the 1960s with characteristic immediacy and quiet energy; Nine or Ten Osannas, by Anthony Gilbert - a close friend and ally - completes the disc.
"This immensely valuable recording now gives at least an inkling of the considerable composer that was lost to British music at the ridiculously early age of 37... Performances of both composers are forthright and attractively immediate."
BBC Music Magazine 1994
Recording date: 2 and 9 February 1992
Recording venue: All Saints Church, Petersham
Engineers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Geoffrey Miles
Producer: Colin Matthews
Editing & mastering: Marian Freeman
Cover image: Colin Rose: 'Amongst drifting tides - Refrain'
(P) 1993 NMC Recordings Ltd