Extracts from Rest at Decontamination, RNCM
May
8
8:00 pm20:00

Extracts from Rest at Decontamination, RNCM

  • Royal Northern College of Music

Emily Hall Extracts from Rest
Peter Ablinger Instrumente und Rauschen (various)

For the latest event in RNCM's Decontamination contemporary music series, they will re-locate all of the action to our theatre stage – so the audience will actually join the musicians on stage to create a unique, immersive artistic experience. To begin this hour-long event, three female RNCM singers will perform extracts from Emily Hall’s Rest(a secular requiem originally performed by folk trio Lady Maisery.) Then it’s time for some of Peter Ablinger’s work, when we explore pieces for instruments and noise. Decontamination #10 will be creatively lit and capacity will be limited due to the set up on stage.

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'Itch Witch' at New Music Biennial 2017, Hull City Hall
Jul
1
3:15 pm15:15

'Itch Witch' at New Music Biennial 2017, Hull City Hall

  • Hull City Hall - Mortimer Suite

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is an exciting and free new music festival which forms part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, presenting 20 pieces of new music across two festival weekends in Hull (30th June – 2nd July 2017) and at London’s Southbank Centre (7th – 9th July 2017). The New Music Biennial will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

As part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 programme, PRS for Music Foundation's New Music Biennial will showcase new commissions and recent pieces by the likes of Errollyn Wallen, Gavin Bryars, Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Jocelyn Pook, Laurence Crane and Mica Levi. As part of this, Mahogany Opera Group has commissioned Emily Hall and author Toby Litt, to write a new mini-opera created with - and performed by - children: 'The Itch Witch'. 

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The Itch Witch will also be performed at the New Music Biennial showcase at the Southbank Centre, London 8th July 2017. 

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is generously supported by Hull UK City of Culture, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, BBC Radio 3, Southbank Centre, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Cockayne, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Finzi Trust, RVW Trust, The Bliss Trust and NMC Recordings.

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Itch Witch at New Music Biennial, Southbank Centre London
Jul
8
1:00 pm13:00

Itch Witch at New Music Biennial, Southbank Centre London

  • Southbank Centre, Blue Room, Level 1,

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is an exciting and free new music festival which forms part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, presenting 20 pieces of new music across two festival weekends in Hull (30th June – 2nd July 2017) and at London’s Southbank Centre (7th – 9th July 2017). The New Music Biennial will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

The Itch Witch has been selected by Mahogany Opera Group to be performed as part of this showcase. Written by composer Emily Hall and author Toby Litt, Itch Witch forms part of the nationwide project Snappy Operas – 10 mini operas from British artists created with and performed by children.

The piece uses chants, melodies and language from the playground, along with instrumental accompaniment made from everyday school equipment such as recorder drones, chalk and skipping ropes.

The commissions will be performed at Hull UK City of Culture (1st July 2017) and London Southbank Centre (8th July 2017). The selected works will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is generously supported by Hull UK City of Culture, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, BBC Radio 3, Southbank Centre, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Cockayne, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Finzi Trust, RVW Trust, The Bliss Trust and NMC Recordings. 

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The Itch Witch, Snappy Opera, The Drill House, Great Yarmouth
Mar
30
2:00 pm14:00

The Itch Witch, Snappy Opera, The Drill House, Great Yarmouth

  • The Drill House

The Itch Witch will tour to The Drill House in Great Yarmouth, where it will be performed at 2pm. 

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Snappy Operas is a new nationwide project by Mahogany Opera Group to create new short operas with young people aged 7-11 that’s heading to Great Yarmouth this March.

This term young people from across Norfolk are working with professional musicians to bring to life five new ten-minute long operas: learning words and music, creating props and costumes. Discover what they’ve made in an energetic evening of music and theatre, when the children will perform Snappy Operas for the first time.

The operas have been written by some of the UK’s most exciting composers and writers, including Errollyn Wallen, Emily Hall, Toby Litt and Ian McMillan, working together with groups of young people in Cornwall, Cumbria, Norfolk, North Tyneside and Suffolk. They are a collection of lively stories set to a variety of musical styles with elements of jazz, folk and classical.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, real life experiences and ideas from the children themselves, the performance will feature colourful characters including unicorns, dodos, sheep, hens and even headlice!

Come and see what these local young opera-makers have been up to. 

Featuring young people from:

Edward Worlledge Community Primary School
Freethorpe Community Primary School
Great Yarmouth Primary Academy
Rudham CE Primary School
Shelton with Hardwick Community School

Snappy Operas is a Mahogany Opera Group production in partnership with Norfolk Music Service, generously supported by Michael Tippett Musical Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation (Talent Development Partnership) and the Norfolk Music Hub.

Find out more about Snappy Operas at mahoganyoperagroup.co.uk

 

The Itch Witch, Snappy Opera, Whitehaven Civic Hall, Cumbria
Mar
24
4:00 pm16:00

The Itch Witch, Snappy Opera, Whitehaven Civic Hall, Cumbria

  • Rosehill Theatre

Early this year, Mahogany Opera Group launched Snappy Operas, a large-scale, nationwide project to create new opera with and for young people. 

Snappy Operas is a collection of ten, ten-minute long, operas being developed by ten composer/writer creative teams working closely with groups of young people across ten areas of the UK. Find out more via this video here

Emily Hall's Snappy Opera, The Itch Witch, is created with Toby Litt and will be performed by different school groups as it tours in the spring. 

There will be two performances at Whitehaven Civic Hall at 4pm with schools and later at 6pm.

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4.05 at Crossing the Border, Cardiff University School of Music
Feb
28
7:00 pm19:00

4.05 at Crossing the Border, Cardiff University School of Music

  • Cardiff University School of Music Concert Hall

Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group will perform Emily Hall's "4.05" as part of their Crossing the Border concert at Cardiff University School of Music Concert Hall, directed by Robert Fokkens. 

The narrative of "4.05" is about a woman having a bath in winter looking out at the early darkness, numb with pain. The words are by Polish writer Agnieszka Dale. For more information on 4.05 see here

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Premiere of new work for The Hermes Experiment: 1917 - 2017 Revolutions - Reactions, London
Feb
16
8:00 pm20:00

Premiere of new work for The Hermes Experiment: 1917 - 2017 Revolutions - Reactions, London

  • Kings Place

To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolutions, contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment have collated a programme of musical responses to these historic turning points featuring works by major Russian composers of the early 20th century alongside three specially commissioned pieces by contemporary composers Emily Hall, Joel Rust and Timothy Salter.

The group’s debut performance at Kings Place will also include the quartet’s own response to the revolutionary theme with free improvisation, a new piece inspired by the early electronics of the Russian avant-garde devised in collaboration with Jethro Cooke, and new arrangements of works by Mosolov, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

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Premiere of new work for Psappha Ensemble, Manchester
Feb
16
7:30 pm19:30

Premiere of new work for Psappha Ensemble, Manchester

  • St Michael's

A programme that explores the music of extremes. From Coult’s skittish piano solos with bluesy jambouree to Duddell’s REM-inspired 'Nightswimming'. We travel through the complex rhythmic structures of Xenakis’ Psappha to a continuous transformation of light on glinting leaves in Saariaho’s Light and Matter. Continuing McPherson’s series for solo and virtual instruments, 'Williams Machine' was a birthday present to Psappha. Hall’s 'Advert – wedding dress' reflects on the society of today through a series of hard-hitting poems by Polish writer Agnieszka Dale in a collaboration with electronic artist Mira Calix.

Tom Coult - Two Games and a Nocturne (Psappha commission, world première)
Joe Duddell - Nightswimming
Emily Hall - Advert – wedding dress (Psappha commission, world première)
Gordon McPherson - Williams Machine (world première)
Kaija Saariaho’s - Light and Matter
Xenakis - Psappha

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Please note that this performance contains strong language that some concert goers might find offensive.

Oct
15
2:30 pm14:30

Daylight Music Gig

  • N1 2UN

Part of ARCTIC CIRCLE AT TEN celebrations

Arctic Circle has been championing neo-classical music for a decade, and this special event showcases artists from three of the best labels: 130701, Iceland’s Bedroom Community and VillageGreen.

Other artists on the line-up are Ryan Teague (VillageGreen), a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol. and Resina, a cellist and composer based in Warsaw, Poland. 

A lazy afternoon with music, tea and cake. An event for all ages. Free entry* midday - till 2.30pm (*suggested donation £5.00). Note later finish.

See here for more information. 

Folie à Deux at Sacrum Profanum Festival, Krakow
Oct
6
8:00 pm20:00

Folie à Deux at Sacrum Profanum Festival, Krakow

  • Małopolski Ogród Sztuki

Insanity, electricity and love collide in a sonic voyage into the shared psychosis known as ‘folie à deux’, where a delusion is transmitted from one person to another.

A woman is struggling to connect with her lover. He believes that the pylon outside their house has a special power. His delusion passes on to her and, as sparks fly, their madness takes hold.

Songs are woven together for two singers, an acoustic harp and a specially created electro-magnetic harp in this modern folk tale performed against a backdrop of responsive light and sound.

Part staged performance, part concept album, Folie à Deux is a lyrical and intense investigation into love and loneliness within a relationship. 

Folie à Deux is a collaboration between British composer Emily Hall, Icelandic writer Sjón, and brings together classical, electronic and folk sounds. 


Find out more: http://www.mahoganyoperagroup.co.uk/productions/folie-a-deux/

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