Performance of Songs for Jane and broadcast of The Moth Ghost

 On May 1st at the British Library, Songs for Jane received a beautiful performance by Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano) and Dorothea Vogel (viola). 

The Moth Ghost, and other tracks from the new Gemini Cd of my chamber music, were broadcast on Portuguese Radio in April.

Excellent CD review in The Observer

Fiona Maddocks has written a glowing review of Gemini's new CD of my chamber music, The Path above the Dunes.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2024/mar/16/michael-spyres-les-talens-lyriques-rousset-in-the-shadows-review-nicola-le-fanu-the-path-above-the-dunes-chamber-music-gemini

Performances on March 8th 2024 (International Women's Day)

My saxophone quartet Moon over Western Ridge, Mootwingee received a very good performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, in a concert that also included a fine oboist playing my Soliloquy (composed almost 60 years ago!)

Early the same day, BBC Radio 3's 'Breakfast' programme included a movement from my Songs without Words for clarinet and string trio.

New Metier Cd is Gramophone 'Editor's Pick'

The new Gemini cd of my chamber music has a very good review in the March edition of Gramophone and is selected as the Editor's Pick. The Cd The Path above the Dunes is on Metier, mex 77112. It is a 'LeFanu portrait', with works from 1974 - The Same Day Dawns,  to 2020  - The Moth Ghost. The Sextet (1997) and the Piano Trio (2003) complete the disc.

The launch concert on February 25th was a sold out event, with wonderful performances by Gemini, director Ian Mitchell,  and Clara Barbier Serrano, soprano.

New CD: Launch concert, February 25th 2024

Gemini has released a LeFanu CD 'The Path above the Dunes'; it features four key chamber works that span my career, from 'The Same Day Dawns (1974 ) to The Moth Ghost (2020). The CD will be launched at a concert at The Warehouse, Theed St, London SE1 8ST, at 3.30pm on Sunday February 25th. The CD is on the Metier label, mex 77112.

Au Chat performance/ new book out

'Au Chat' for soprano and piano, my setting of Gwen John's poem about her lost cat, was performed by Jessica Summers in a recital in Shaftesbury on December 8th.

Meanwhile Palgrave/Macmillan have published 'The Composer Herself', essays on their work by living composers from around the world, including myself.

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The Composer, Herself
 
eBook ISBN
978-3-031-23922-9

Print ISBN
978-3-031-23921-2

December 2023 performances

Three LeFanu works were performed in York on December 2nd. My Christmas carol 'St Ita's Lullaby' was sung by Ebor singers at St Lawrence's Church. In the Late Music concert at St Saviourgate Chapel,  Kate Ledger, piano,  played 'A Postcard and a Letter' and Nina K├╝min, violin,  played 'Prelude after Grinling Gibbons'. 

'After Farrera' horn trio in New Zealand

Ben Goldscheider gave the New Zealand premiere of 'After Farrera' on October 14th at the festival 'At The World's Edge'. Here is a link to a glowing review:

https://www.fivelines.nz/articles/at-the-worlds-edge-festival-electrifying-ensembles?mc_cid=2cca6face0&mc_eid=15a7641777

Horn trio premiere September 14th 2023

 'After Farrera' for horn, violin and cello was premiered by Ben Goldscheider, Savitri Grier and Laura van der Heijden at the Lammermuir Festival on September 14th, in a concert given by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. It is dedicated to Ben Goldscheider, who commissioned it; a second performance takes place in Leicester on September 23rd.

Quartet no5 on CD

The Lafayette String Quartet have issued a new cd 'Four Voices', showcasing their recent commissions. The recording of my fifth string quartet is very fine.