Nicola LeFanu
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LeFanu concert, St Paul's Girls' School, 30/11/2017

SPGS are giving a concert on Thursday 30th November at 7pm. Marking LeFanu's 70th birthday, it is 'A Celebration of composing at St Paul's Girls' School'. The programme includes six pieces by LeFanu and six pieces by present staff and pupils.

Threnody for large orchestra: 25th November, Lyons Concert Hall, York

Threnody for large orchestra will open the concert given by the University of York Symphony Orchestra, conductor John Stringer, on Saturday November 25th 2017. Lyons Concert Hall, 7.30.

LeFanu concert, November 9th 2017

Lontano are presenting a concert of my chamber music in celebration of my 70th birthday.
It is at The Warehouse, 13 Theed St, London SE1 8ST on Thursday November 9th. The concert starts at 7.30pm, with a pre-concert talk at 6.30. Tickets on the door or in advance from www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom-london/nicola-lefanu-70th
The programme is a retrospective, from 'The Same Day Dawns' (1974) with soprano Raphaela Papadakis, to the London premiere of 'The Swan' (2017) with baritone Jeremy Huw Williams. Lontano are conducted by their director, Odaline de la Martinez.

BBC Radio 3 broadcast, Friday October 13th 2017

'Windblown Seeds' for string orchestra will be broadcast on Friday October 13th at 4pm. The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Clark Rundell.

Autumn performances 2017



Abstracts and a Frame: Midori Komachi, (violin) September 30th, Kings Place, London.

Invisible Places: Jack McNeill (Clarinet) and Gildas String Quartet. October 6th, Barber Institute, Birmingham.

A Little Sketchbook for piano duet: Helen and Harvey Davies, October 19th, Okehampton, Two Moors Festival.

September premieres



Saturday Sept. 2nd 2017: String Quartet no 4 will be premiered by the Bingham String Quartet; 7.30pm at St Saviourgate Chapel, York. Commissioned by the York Late Music Concert series.




Monday Sept. 4th 2017: 'The Swan' for baritone and chamber ensemble will be premiered by Jeremy Huw Williams, who commissioned it, and Ensemble Cymru. 5.45pm at Bangor University School of Music concert hall. The text of 'The Swan' combines a mediaeval Latin sequence with the English version of the poet Fleur Adcock.




'The Swan' in its version for baritone and piano will receive its London premiere in a Lontano concert on November 9th, at The Warehouse.

May 2017: concerts and a premiere



On May 10th, Goldfield Ensemble gave a concert in the Lyons Concert Hall in York in honour of LeFanu's 70th birthday. Titled 'Invisible Cities and Imaginary Places', it included 'Songs without Words' (clarinet and string trio) and 'Invisible Cities' (clarinet quintet) and two Maconchy works. Solo violin pieces by Sadie Harrison were threaded through the programme, plus Murail and Sciarrino. A superbly played concert.

On May 16th, at the Ashmolean in Oxford, Cayenna Ponchione and OSJ gave the premiere of 'May Rain', which sets a poem by Kerry Hardie. The fine mezzo-soprano soloist was Charlotte Tetley. 'May Rain' was commissioned by Ponchione as part of her 'Water-Culture: Women's Work' song set.

Composer of the Week BBC R3 April 24th-28th 2017

I am BBC Radio 3 ‘Composer of the Week', from Monday April 24th to Friday April 28th. It is on each day at 12 - 1pm and repeats at 6.30 -7.30 pm.
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