Broken Etudes for Consort – 31st May

AnsaeCanadian contemporary music ensemble Ansae will premiere my piece ‘Broken Études for Consort in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario on Tuesday. Ansae asked composers to write new pieces for their unusual ensemble of flute, oboe, saxophone, melodica and piano, and my contribution is a liberal expansion of my earlier Two Études for Solo Violin. Closer to home, Jack Adler-McKean will give the premiere of La Belle Captive at his recital at the RNCM on the Thursday of that week – it’s sounding great in rehearsals!

In other news, the Hebrides Ensemble workshopped my Piano Quartet ‘Frusta’ at the York Spring Festival of New Music on the 14th of May, and also selected the piece to be played in their evening concert. The ensemble featured David Alberman (violin), Catherine Marwood (viola), William Conway (cello) and Philip Moore (piano).