Celebrations: 150 years, 80 years and Judith Weir
This year we are celebrating the music of Judith Weir, the first female Master of the Queen’s Music. Judith Weir’s works will be featured in five of the eight concerts and will include a performance of the wonderful King Harold’s Saga, a ‘grand opera in three acts’ for solo soprano (Ana Beard Fernández, April 4th). We are also delighted to announce that Judith is to write a new piece for the 2015 season – Fanfare – to be performed by the exciting young ensemble Albany Trio (June 6th).
We are also celebrating the music of Arvo Pärt (Ana Beard Fernández, April 4th again) and Terry Riley (Late Music Ensemble, 1st August), who are both eighty this year.
And the 150 years celebration is for a poet – William Butler Yeats, born 1865, who is the focus of the concert by Everlasting Voices on 4th July.
We welcome back pianist Ian Pace who will perform a richly diverse programme of contemporary miniatures, including Judith Weir (March 7th). On May 2nd we join forces with the University of York Spring Festival of New Music in promoting a concert by Dark Inventions, including Judith Weir’s ‘Sundew’. (Please note that this concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music).
We round the season off with pianist Matthew Schellhorn (5th September), who will complete our celebration of Judith Weir’s music and the Ebor Singers (3rd October) whose selected works span more than 500 years.
During the season we are also staging three lunchtime recitals (4th April, 4th July and 5th September). These are great opportunities to hear some excellent new performers, at very affordable prices.
As in 2014, and even more affordable, we are launching the concert series with two free events: a concert of poetry settings and readings from Sounds Lyrical and a multi-media sound installation (February 28th).
We look forward to seeing you,
Steve, Judith and Peter