Read about and watch our feature on 'Butterfly', by Matthew Olyver
Feature #2. Read about and discover the music of the composer Emma Wilde
Feature #3. Read about the concert hosted by Illuminate at the Royal College of Music.
Feature 1. Matthew Olyver Watch (above) Butterfly, written by ONMC founder Matthew Olyver. The piece is performed by the Goldfinch Chamber Orchestra, a fantastic Orchestra consisting of young performers from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and UK based music conservatories. The piece is conducted by Jess Hoskins, an immensely talented young conductor who is also principal Double Bassist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Butterfly is a musical poem that is inspired by the potent sense of nostalgia found in Matthew's favourite 7th/8th century short Japanese envoys. Compositionally, the piece translates and combines many old Japanese poetic techniques into musical form. On a personal level, this piece of music was written as an expression of love for Matthew's home away from London in Suffolk.
Feature 2. Emma Wilde Emma Wilde (b.1991) is a composer from Manchester who is currently based in Mexico. Have a listen to her highly engaging orchestral piece Teotihaucan here. She studied composition at the University of Manchester and was awarded a PhD in 2018. The rich culture and music of Mexico has influenced her recent works which often explore dramatic contrasts and feature driving Latin American rhythmic motifs as a trademark of her style.
Her music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra (Panufnik Scheme 2017), Britten Sinfonia (OPUS 2016), Psappha, the Hebrides Ensemble, members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. International festival appearances have included UNK New Music Festival 2018 (Nebraska, USA), Foro Internacional de Música Nueva 2017 (Mexico City, Mexico) and Horizon Festival of Arts and Culture 2017 (Queensland, Australia).
Her string quartet Tijax was awarded the Premio Nuestra America 2017 (Our America Prize) in Mexico and her work, El Hilo del Tiempo, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and released internationally on NMC recordings. Upcoming engagements include Corazón de la Tierra for alto sax and piano; a new work for the Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival 2019 which is inspired by the contrasting landscapes of Mexico City. In the Autumn, Light is Withheld, a new choral work commissioned by Choir and Organ Magazine, will be premiered by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir during the St Andrews Voices Festival.
Feature 3. Illuminate at the RCM, 16th February, 3pm
Thea MusgraveWind Quintet Blair BoydEmbers Morfydd OwenPrelude in E minor Sarah WestwoodAmphora Elizabeth MaconchyString Quartet no 3 Angela Elizabeth SlaterEye o da hurricane Jennifer Higdon Dark Wood
Dr Angela Slater brings her fascinating concert series to the RCM with an afternoon dedicated to the inspirational work of both emerging and established female composers, performed by RCM musicians.
The programme features pieces by Welsh prodigy Morfydd Owen, Nemmers Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon and RCM alumna Elizabeth Maconchy. Get tickets to this fantastic concert here.