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Dimensions in Music: A fantastic music extravaganza to start the New Year!

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Holy Trinity Church

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Trowbridge

BA14 9AA

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New Year Concert 2019

Four international musicians present a programme featuring not only works by Liszt, Mozart, Richard Strauss and Schubert but also the première of two works by Hilperton-based composer Stuart Brown: the song cycle Idylls and the amazingly audio-visual Himalaya Concerto composed in 2015 especially to support the work of People Against Poverty in Nepal. All profits from this concert will be donated to People Against Poverty.

Featuring Chen Wang (soprano), Idris Harries (clarinet), Jonathan Ellis (piano) and Stuart Brown (keyboard) this promises to be a concert that will stick in your memory for all the right reasons!

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Programme

  • Idylls [Five songs for soprano and piano based on poems by Tennyson] (Stuart Brown), performed by Chen Wang (for whom it was written) and Jonathan Ellis
  • A Himalaya Concerto [for clarinet in A, cimbalom and orchestra] (Stuart Brown), performed by Idris Harries (for whom it was written) and Stuart Brown
  • Interval during which some suitably festive refreshments will be available!
  • Vallée d'Obermann [from Années de pèlerinage] (Franz Liszt), introduced and performed by Jonathan Ellis
  • Parto, ma tu ben mio [from La Clemenza di Tito] (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), performed by Chen Wang, Idris Harries and Jonathan Ellis
  • Großmächtige Prinzessin [from Ariadne auf Naxos] (Richard Strauss), performed by Chen Wang and Jonathan Ellis
  • Der Hirt auf dem Felsen [The Shepherd on the Rock] (Franz Schubert), performed by Chen Wang, Idris Harries and Jonathan Ellis



The Musicians

Chen

Although now based in London, the soprano Chen Wang comes originally from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. She is an inspirational operatic singer, with a voice of effortless grace that is both captivating and compelling. Chen has performed widely in Britain and Europe having established herself as a creative, dynamic and versatile musician. She has performed in various locations including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall. She was featured on the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ programme, speaking about her love and passion for music and her mission for fundraising concerts for charities. You can find out more about Chen at www.chenwangmusic.com

Idris

Welsh-born clarinettist Idris Harries now lives in Queensland, Australia. Before emigrating he worked as Head of Woodwind at Radley College, and for two years was Head of Woodwind for the Royal Guard of Oman. He also taught at Marlborough College. Idris was the first Principal Clarinet of Music Theatre Wales. He has played for Le Ballet du Louvre (a ballet company led by Rudolf Nureyev) and given first performances of various works written for him by Mervyn Burtch (Clarinet Concerto, 1995), Christian Alexander (Stella Celi for Guitar and Clarinet, also Three Pictures, 1998) and Nicholas Redfern (I laugh, I cry). You can find out more about Idris at idrisharriesmusic.com

Jon

Jonathan Ellis started learning the piano at the age of three. He performs regularly as a soloist, as chamber musician with The Ryebank Trio and as vocal and instrumental accompanist, choral/operatic repetiteur or musical director. He has competed in international piano competitions and makes regular appearances with the City of Manchester Opera, Opera Seria, Heritage Opera, Bury Choral Society, the Pennine Spring Music Festival and the Buxton Festival Fringe (where he is three times the winner of the 'Best Solo Musician' prize). He also performs with 'Classical Evolution' and the musical charities 'Music in Hospitals' and 'Live Music Now'.

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Stuart Brown decided to combine a career in international consulting with musical composition. His works for professional musicians include the Toccata for Piano (1999) for Makiko Nakachi (Japan), the song cycle Idylls (2015) for Chen Wang (China) and A Himalaya Concerto (2015) for Idris Harries (Australia). His music has been performed as far afield as the USA, Canada and Indonesia. His professional work has taken him to 38 countries, from Chile to Vietnam and from India to Mongolia, providing a fascinating diversity of musical experience. Originally from Cornwall, Stuart now lives in Hilperton. In the photograph above he appears with members of the Park City Chamber Orchestra, Utah.

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The première

Premiere

In 2015 earthquakes in Nepal killed or injured at least 34,353 people. Stuart Brown's A Himalaya Concerto is a musical tribute to those people and their families. In addition to the solo clarinet part there is a prominent role for the cimbalom, with which Stuart has become familiar through his work over many years in Romania. Maestro Louis Panacciulli is the Music Director of The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra in New York and himself a clarinettist. He describes A Himalaya Concerto as a “very impressive work indeed” and believes that it takes the clarinet into new territory. Idris Harries agrees. He writes, “It has been a real pleasure and privilege to work with Stuart Brown in making A Himalaya Concerto become a reality. It is most certainly challenging, pushing musical boundaries in the expressive ways of using the clarinet.” Although scored for full orchestra, the work can be performed with the help of a professional synthesiser. As Idris says, “this means that it can be performed at smaller and more remote venues without the expense and hassle of a coach-load of forty musicians!”

Stuart Brown describes Idylls as a song cycle only because as he says “it comes as close to being that as anything I've written so far”. Lasting just under eighteen minutes it consists of five songs for solo soprano and piano, using verses selected from poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Much of the music is modal in character, with melodies that convey a sense of innocence and freshness. The songs cover a wide range of emotions. Ring out, wild bells is a powerful and in places bleak characterisation of ringing in a new year at a time when truth and human kindness need to be restored to the world. Love is and was my Lord and King is light and whimsical by comparison, reminiscent of an Elizabethan dance brought into the twenty-first century. Of old sat Freedom on the heights is an exhilarating toccata, a glorious ripple of sound punctuated by flashes of light, in which the voice and piano seem to be in time with each other more by accident than design. Saint Agnes’ Eve opens with icily brittle piano harmonies and a melody of brooding intensity and emotional overtones that sound almost Elizabethan. The work ends with the serene tranquillity of Crossing the bar, a Celtic-sounding melody accompanied by piano chords that mimic waves lapping on the shore.



FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no ID requirements. We don't really want to set a minimum age limit, but obviously any children for whom you buy tickets need to be sufficiently mature to sit quietly through the concert so as not to spoil the experience for others.

What are the transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Local parking is very limited, however it is usually possible to park in one of the neighbouring streets.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can telephone or email Val Huxley at People Against Poverty, who will direct your inquiry to the right member of the Off-The-Wall team, or you can email Stuart Brown.

What's the refund policy?

You can claim a refund up to 30 days before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes.




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