tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-43997263339123574932018-10-10T06:46:33.444-07:00Nicola LeFanuNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.comBlogger66125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-70473178572200581582018-09-03T07:34:00.000-07:002018-09-03T07:34:01.529-07:00'Souvenir du Petit Berger', BBC broadcast and premièreJames Willshire gave a beautiful performance of my new solo piano piece 'Souvenir du Petit Berger.' You can hear it here:https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m000087yThis 'In Tune' Radio 3 broadcast was followed by the première on September 1st in York at the Late Music Concert Series. My short piece was part of the 'Ten New Debussys project.'Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-53350926172044523552018-08-13T07:43:00.000-07:002018-08-13T07:43:12.272-07:00LeFanu portrait - Octandre's new videoOctandre Ensemble, who played a LeFanu portrait concert in London in March, have now released a video of its highlights. The link is here:https://vimeo.com/281296974It features 'Deva' for cello and ensemble (solo cellist, Corentin Chassard), interviews with myself, and extracts from The Same Day Dawns and String Quartet no2.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-77754098043288461702018-07-12T03:49:00.000-07:002018-07-12T03:49:11.756-07:00LeFanu interview on YouTubeHere are links to an interview,  June 2018: http://bit.ly/DonneYouTubePlaylist http://www.drama-musica.com/ComposersofToday.htmlNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-53003088287109135152018-05-09T09:59:00.001-07:002018-05-09T09:59:47.953-07:00Sophia Lecture: 'A Composer's half-century'I gave the biennial Sophia Lecture at Newcastle University on Tuesday May 8th. 'A Composer's half-century' was the title of my reflections on some of the changes in music - in its practice and its reception - during the fifty years of my career in Britain.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-39522424117338379072018-05-09T09:55:00.001-07:002018-05-09T09:55:30.388-07:00Fairfax HousePeter Sheppard Skaervard's salon recital at Fairfax House in York on Monday May 7th included a performance of Pleiades for solo viola.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-81185217082759273192018-04-21T02:15:00.000-07:002018-04-21T02:15:13.530-07:00Dale Roberts concert: RAM 4pm April 22nd 2018A Celebration of the music of Jeremy Dale Roberts will include Croquis (Kreutzer trio) Tombeau, Capriccio, Beautiful are the Dead (soprano Carola Darwin, piano Roderick Chadwick) and music by Rainier, Causton and LeFanu. Royal Academy of Music, London, Sunday April 22nd, 4pm.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-38617146264962021472018-04-06T04:05:00.000-07:002018-04-06T04:05:03.558-07:00A Travelling Spirit - New Paths Festival'A Travelling Spirit' for soprano and recorder will be performed at the New Paths Festival in Beverley, East Riding, on Friday April 6th, by Caroline MacPhie, soprano and Ian Wilson, treble recorder. The concert is at 8pm in St Mary's Church. The songs set two of the medieval Exeter riddles, translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-13676848577888938412018-03-11T11:12:00.000-07:002018-03-11T11:12:02.279-07:00March 8th events - International Women's DayThe choir Aurora Nova, director Patrick Craig, gave a beautiful performance of 'Misterium Mirabile' (SSA) in a fine programme of choral music composed by women. The concert at St James's Church, Piccadilly, was in aid of the charity Refuge.The Irish composer Ina Boyle (1889-1967) was celebrated in a lunchtime event at the Wigmore Hall. As one of the few people left who had known her, Nicola spokeNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-16070273489483702512018-03-11T11:02:00.000-07:002018-03-11T11:02:06.874-07:00Octandre concert and weblink On March 4th 2018, Octandre Ensemble, together with the Ligeti String Quartet, gave a very fine concert of LeFanu works, plus pieces by Lumsdaine and Maconchy. The links to interviews with Nicola are here:Part 1 (texts, titles, ‘Eastern' influences) : https://www.octandre.com/lefanu-interview-1Part 2 (‘Women in Music’): https://www.octandre.com/lefanu-interview-2Part 3 (‘Reflections of an Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-68814194111396204972018-02-12T02:30:00.001-08:002018-02-12T02:30:37.489-08:00LeFanu Portrait concert: Octandre ensemble 04/03/2018Octandre ensemble are presenting a LeFanu Portrait concert at the Print Room, Notting Hill Gate, on March 4th 2018 at 5pm. It includes Deva for solo cello and ensemble, and String quartet no2 played by the Ligeti string quartet. Music by Lumsdaine and Maconchy is featured too.https://www.octandre.com/nicola-lefanuNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-75445427358629393432017-12-31T03:21:00.001-08:002017-12-31T03:21:21.627-08:00Cantata premiere, 18/02/2018My new cantata, 'St Hilda of Whitby', to a text by Wendy Cope, will be premiered on February 18th, 2018; 5.30 pm at the University Church, Oxford. It was commissioned by the Association of Senior Members of St Hilda's College, Oxford. It will be performed bySt Hilda's College choir and instrumentalists, conducted by Jonathan Williams.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-3871334734733080802017-11-27T04:47:00.001-08:002017-11-27T04:47:25.772-08:00LeFanu concert, St Paul's Girls' School, 30/11/2017SPGS 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. Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-12595470302280195832017-11-22T07:23:00.001-08:002017-11-22T07:23:29.593-08:00Threnody 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-71424339779690600962017-11-01T05:56:00.002-07:002017-11-01T05:56:51.043-07:00LeFanu concert, November 9th 2017Lontano 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-70thThe programme is a retrospective, from 'The Same Day Dawns' (1974) Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-90237505551638926932017-10-11T10:00:00.000-07:002017-10-11T10:00:05.059-07:00BBC 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-70100274535039933632017-10-04T07:44:00.001-07:002017-10-04T07:44:19.813-07:00Autumn performances 2017Abstracts 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-67032443122411266962017-08-08T02:27:00.000-07:002017-08-08T02:27:05.797-07:00September premieresSaturday 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 Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-53806925428974198732017-05-19T03:09:00.001-07:002017-05-19T03:09:12.618-07:00May 2017: concerts and a premiereOn 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 Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-6465799435295386232017-04-18T09:37:00.002-07:002017-04-18T09:37:55.188-07:00Composer of the Week BBC R3 April 24th-28th 2017I 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-65149053864416518902017-04-13T07:08:00.001-07:002017-04-13T07:08:28.914-07:00new CD - 4star review in BBC Music MagazineThe new CD, MSV 28565, with Trio 2, Invisible Places (clarinet quintet) and Lumsdaine Mandala 3, has received a very good review in BBC Music Magazine. 'Nicola LeFanu is renowned for works of imaginative beauty..' <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 8 51 University of York 1 1 58 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-80112116774197063502017-04-07T03:43:00.000-07:002017-04-07T03:43:16.973-07:00'Rondel' wind quintet premiere and publication Rondel for wind quintet was premiered in London on April 6th 2017 by the Mayo quintet, for whom it was written. It is a short work (10') designed to be accessible to amateurs as well as professionals, and it is dedicated to my cousin, flautist Lucy LeFanu. Rondel is published by Edition Peters - EP 73016. Link to peruse the score: bit.ly/rondelviewLink to purchase bit.ly/rondelbuyNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-69466938644513595892017-03-01T08:07:00.002-08:002017-03-01T08:07:56.797-08:00'Soaring new work is timeless and timely' (Guardian): World premiere of The Crimson BirdRachel Nicholls and the BBCSO, conducted by Ilan Volkov, gave a wonderful premiere of 'The Crimson Bird' on February 17th, 2017. The Guardian critic wrote:'Rachel Nicholls delivered a gleaming, soaring performance in Nicola LeFanu's fiery new concertante.''The Crimson Bird' is available on BBC R3 player until March 16th.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-57127186500973452482017-02-14T02:11:00.001-08:002017-02-14T02:11:42.834-08:00Live broadcast, BBCRadio 3 Friday 17th Feb. On Friday February 17th 2017, The Crimson Bird for soprano and orchestra will be premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The soprano soloist is Rachel Nicholls, and the conductor Ilan Volkov. The text is by John Fuller. 7.30pm in the Barbican Concert Hall, London. Live broadcast on Radio 3.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-87103791111545059472017-02-02T03:18:00.001-08:002017-02-02T03:18:18.976-08:00New CD launchA new CD msv28565 on the Metier/Divine Art label will be launched at the RAM on Saturday February 18th 2017. Gemini, director Ian Mitchell, are the performers, with soloists Sarah Leonard, soprano, and Aleksander Szram, piano. There are four works: 'Mandala 3' and 'Fire in Leaf and Grass' by David Lumsdaine, and 'Invisible Places' and 'Trio 2: Song for Peter', by Nicola LeFanu. Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-35639563834376232662017-02-02T03:09:00.003-08:002017-02-02T03:09:57.840-08:00BBCPhil record ThrenodyThe BBC Philharmonic conducted by Clark Rundell have recorded two orchestral pieces for future broadcast. On January 27th, they recorded Threnody, for full orchestra, and Wind-blown Seeds for string orchestra.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0