Lore Lixenberg mezzo-soprano
Quinta violin, viola, saw
Luke Carver Goss accordion
Musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia
Jack Sheen conductor
This collection of new works by six talented young composers – Emma Wilde, Peter Wilson, Jack Sheen, Joanna Ward, Robin Haigh and Alex J Hall – is the end result of a 9-month artist development programme involving workshops with multi-instrumentalist Quinta (Bat for Lashes, Penguin Café), mezzo soprano Lore Lixenberg ('a rich and powerful voice' Metro) and accordionist Luke Carver Goss. Joining them are soloists from the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Each composer explores a unique and extraordinary sound world. Emma Wilde warps time with the help of the Mayan ‘secret calendar’; Peter Wilson captures sudden shifts of landscape via the work of novelist Richard Smyth; Alex J Hall evokes 17th century experiments in light and illusion; Jack Sheen’s Found emerges from found material by himself and other composers; Joanna Ward takes images from the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to create music that “shift in and out of focus”; and Robin Haigh re-imagines material by Mozart and from an English folk ballad.
Their new compositions were recorded by NMC Recordings in November 2017 at Sage Gateshead. The project culminates in an album launch and premiere performances at Sage Gateshead on 27 January, 2018.
Next Wave 2 is a partnership project between Sound and Music, NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, designed to support and promote composers in higher education as they transition into the professional music industry. Throughout this process, the composers also benefited from mentoring by professional composers, Errollyn Wallen and David Horne, and from advice about recording techniques and the music industry. Next Wave 2 project page and composer blogs: https://www.nmcrec.co.uk/next-wave-2
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Sound and Music is the national charity for new music. Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators.Sound and Music is funded by Arts Council England, and is a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner. www.soundandmusic.org | @soundandmusic
NMC Recordings is a registered charity record label devoted to the promotion of contemporary classical music from the British Isles. The first organisation to be heralded with the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Leslie Boosey Award for “its outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain”. NMC is a member of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and has a catalogue of over 250 albums encompassing established composers and emerging talent. www.nmcrec.co.uk | @ nmcrecordings
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at venues and festivals all over the UK and in Europe, and last season toured in South America, China and South Korea. In recent seasons RNS has worked with world class conductors and soloists including Christian Tetzlaff, Olli Mustonen, Reinhard Goebel, Katrina Canellakis and Nicholas McGegan, and also collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds, John Grant and Mercury Rev. www.sagegateshead.com | @RNSinfonia