Read below our first feature on Canadian Composer and Artist Caroline Bordignon.
Feature #2. Read below our second feature on American composer Brian T.Field
Read below Matthew Olyver's thoughts on the fantastic ONMC composer Roy Watkins
Dr Angela Slater, founder of Illuminate Woman's Music, talks to ONMC about Illuminate, a fantastic concert series that promotes female composers.
Feature #3. Read below our third feature on Australian composer Melissa Douglas.
Sarah Gait, ONMC Cellist and Composer, talks about recording Matthew Olyver's 'Orpheus'.
Composer Feature #1 Caroline Bordignon Caroline Bordignonis a Manchester based Canadian fine artist and musician working in a variety of mediums including oil, water colour, acrylic, graphite,and mixed-media in correlation with musical composition. Listen to Caroline's spectacular Orchestral work Iridescent Flares here. We are very pleased to use her beautiful work 'flight' on the cover of this Magazine issue. Caroline seeks to explore aspects of colour, space, time and ways in which these interrelate through visual and musical expression. Her greatest artistic pursuit besides more traditional practice is to create visual and musical works together with the objective of establishing single, yet varied and complimentary art forms.
Her works have been performed in Canada, the UK and internationally and she has participated in masterclasses with artists such as the BBC Singers, lead by Judith Weir, Psappha, Eleanor Alberga, Margaret Schedel, Anders Hillborg and Deborah Pritchard. She is currently a member of LSO Soundhub.
Caroline is a PhD Candidate in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK with Adam Gorb and Laura Bowler. She completed her Masters of Music in Composition at the RNCM under the tutelage of Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter where she was generously supported as a Stanley Picker Trust Scholar as well as a recipient of the Waverley Fund. Sarah Gait, the ONMC cellist, talks about recording the ONMC founder Matthew Olyver's 'Orpheus', a work for a joint theatrical project between Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in collaboration with Raucous. It was a great start to the ONMC season to record tracks for Matthew Olyver’s new theatrical piece 'Orpheus' in our recent studio session. As the ONMC cellist, I was recording parts for 'Reunited' and 'Chide' – a multi-tracked cello movement. We recorded each instrumental (and vocal) part separately, so it was a wonderful afternoon for me spent alternating recording in the studio and sitting in the control room with the engineers. As most of my ensemble recording is done with entire groups in the ‘traditional’ manner for classical music, it was fascinating listening to the whole piece take shape as the tracks were layered together!
I’ve had the pleasure to work with Matt on many of his pieces, particularly the recent cello sonata which he wrote for me, so I know his works well. The string parts in Reunited embrace a delicate and pure sound-world of upper strings harmonics, from which the cello line rises: I had fun recording this track and can’t wait to hear the whole thing! The other track I recorded, chide, was a movement in preparation for Matt’s Cello Concerto. I’m so excited about working with Matt on this piece, which has been in the pipeline for a while, and the first sight of it didn’t disappoint! Multi-tracking the cello layers creates a thick, cello orchestra sound, which is incredibly exciting to play off in the ‘soloist’ role – and this movement, marked ‘restless and dirty’, embraces the raw, dark side of the cello. I’m very excited to be sharing in the journey through this piece’s creation, and can’t wait to première it at the ONMC concert in May!
Composer Feature #2 Brian Field Brian Field began his musical endeavors at age eight with the study of piano, and began his first serious compositional efforts at sixteen. He earned his undergraduate degree in music and English literature from Connecticut College, studying with Noel Zahler and continued his studies at The Juilliard School, earning with Masters with Milton Babbitt and later his Doctorate from Columbia University under Mario Davidovsky and George Edwards. Mr. Field’s musical works include music for television and stage; solo acoustic, chamber, ballet, choral, and orchestral works—stylistically ranging from serious contemporary pieces to jazz to electronic music. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and internationally. Mr. Field has an incredibly exciting month of performances of his work this December, including a concert at the Vienna Konzertsaal of his orchestra work “Shiva Tandava.”
Check out the score and the recording of this highly engaging work here.
Dr Angela Slater and Illuminate Dr Angela Elizabeth Slater is a UK-based freelance composer who has enjoyed working with a huge variety of professional and amateur ensembles. Among other top ensembles, she has worked with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini, The Assembly Project, Aurea Quartet, BBC Singers and Psappha. While working towards a PhD in composition at the University of Nottingham, Angela became especially passionate about the need to raise the profile of female musicians and composers. To that end she has founded Illuminate: a new project seeking to promote the work of emerging women composers and performers, and to give a platform to historical repertoire by women composers alongside new works.
Have a listen to Angela’s highly compelling work ‘Night Mirrors’, written for Illuminate Woman’s Music, here.
Composer Feature #3 Melissa Douglas Melissa Douglas is an Australian composer currently based in the United Kingdom. Listen to the evocative music of this exciting young composer here. Her compositions have been performed internationally in Australia, the UK and Europe. She has been commissioned by a variety of soloists, chamber ensembles and festivals. She has written for ensembles such as the BBC Singers, pianists Clare Hammond and Grace Francis, the Magnard Ensemble, the Polaris Duo and the Royal Northern College of Music’s Brand New Orchestra.
Melissa’s music is colourful, dramatic and versatile. Her piano piece, Solo Gratia, performed by Grace Francis, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2015 and digitally released on Launch Music International and iTunes.
Her composition for alto saxophone and harp, Spheres, was commissioned by the Polaris Duo and features on their debut album illuminate, released in April 2018. The work received its Croatian premiere at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb.Melissa studied Piano and Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She continued postgraduate studies in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (2014-16) in the United Kingdom, graduating with an MMus in Composition with Distinction in 2016.
Melissa was the recipient of the RNCM Patricia Cunliffe Composition Prize in 2015. She is a Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre. Matthew Olyver, ONMC founder, talks about the composer Roy Watkins. Roy will have a premiere of his duet performed at the upcoming concert in May 2019. You can get tickets to this concert here. I have been lucky enough to know the music of Roy Watkins for some time now. What is most striking about his music to me is the sense of explosive spontaneity, risk and volatility within it. Roy's music keeps both the audience and the performers on the edge of their seats. There is never a dull moment in a piece by Roy. We are extremely excited to hear his new piece for the ONMC at our upcoming concert at the October Gallery. Have a listen to Roy's explosive orchestra piece 'Hammer' here.