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Composers' academy


Composers' academy / Philharmonia Orchestra.

  • Published by NMC Recordings — 17 November, 2017 [DL3034] — 1 CD (34 min.)
  • Sales Availability: Buy Composers' academy on the iTunes Store
  • Library Availability: This item is not available from the Australian Music Centre Library

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDurationiTunes
Januaries (2017) for large chamber ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Royal Festival Hall, London, on 21 Jun 17.
Lisa Illean Patrick Bailey, Philharmonia Orchestra 11 mins, 11 sec.

Also includes: Reflections (After Gibbons) / Gareth Moorcraft -- The Hunter's Funeral / Donghoon Shin.

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The Philharmonia Composers' Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and allied to the Orchestra's prestigious Music of Today contemporary music series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble. Their 10-minute new works are premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall prior to a full Philharmonia Orchestra concert. In addition to this high profile performance, the composers are guided through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as benefitting from specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a 'works in progress' workshop.

In 2017 a recording and release on the NMC Recordings label has been included, enabling the works to have an international platform via online stores and streaming platforms.

This album features ensemble works by the three young composers in the Philharmonia Composers' Academy 2017.

Lisa Illean's Januaries evokes memories of summers spent as a child in Queensland, Australia - "of bull grass, my grandmother's choko vines and nights thick with heat and cicadas".Gareth Moorcraft's Reflections (after Gibbons) takes inspiration from the Fantasias for viola consort by English composer Orlando Gibbons. The Hunter's Funeral by Donghoon Shin, is the composer's response to a woodcut of the same name, created in 1890 by Moritz von Schwind.

Duration: 34 min.

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