tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-43997263339123574932020-02-15T01:35:56.721-08:00Nicola LeFanuNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.comBlogger80125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-60647180561840364652019-09-29T08:14:00.002-07:002020-01-18T15:52:42.703-08:00Solo performances, autumn 2019 Chamber music performances during autumn 2019: A Postcard and A Letter, for solo piano. York, October 5th. Josephine Peach, piano. Prelude after Grinling Gibbons, for solo violin. Cambridge, October 16th; Dover, October 29th. Peter Sheppard Skaerved , violin. But Stars Remaining for solo soprano. Oxford Lieder Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-80071086384536237612019-09-10T08:18:00.000-07:002019-09-10T08:18:04.500-07:00Piano TrioMy piano trio is touring as part of Angela Slater's 'Illuminate' series. It was performed by the Ethel Smyth Trio on August 30th in Brighton, and September 7th, in York. More performances follow.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-81565822884919657732019-06-20T01:38:00.002-07:002019-06-20T01:38:57.213-07:00String Quartet no.2The Bloomsbury String Quartet will be playing String Quartet no.2 on Friday June 21st in the Stroud Green Festival. This is the first concert in a 2019/2020 tour of their programme 'Re:Centred', focussing on Elizabeth Maconchy, plus LeFanu and Vaughan Williams.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-77726694661715131582019-06-14T06:30:00.002-07:002020-01-18T15:52:56.247-08:00Catalan residencyNicola LeFanu was in residence at the Centre d'Art i Natura, Farrera de Pallars, in the high Pyrenees, from May 23rd to June 10th. http://www.farreracan.cat During May and June she was 'Composer of the Month' in the Bodleian Music library, Oxford.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-80498282252189943352019-04-24T04:04:00.003-07:002020-01-18T15:53:07.711-08:00"The Swan" in USA and Sextet in York"The Swan" for baritone and piano was performed by Jeremy Huw Williams and Paula Fan on April 19th, at Auburn University, Alabama. Williams will record 'The Swan', in its instrumental version, later this year. On May 4th, Sextet 'Fasach, a Wild Garden' will be performed by Alex Wilson and Dr K ensemble. The concert is at 7.30pm, St Saviourgate Chapel, York, in the Late Music Concert Series.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-71184219040277305682019-03-11T10:40:00.000-07:002019-03-11T10:40:03.424-07:00Piano trio performance March 8th 2019The Albany Piano trio gave a beautiful performance of my piano trio, in the Stoller Hall at Chetham's in Manchester, on International Women's Day 2019. It marked the end of a very busy week for me: a masterclass with young women composers at Manchester University, on Monday March 4th; BBCRadio 3 on Tuesday 5th (BBCSO Afternoon concert) and Wednesday 6th (In Tune) and a presentation and panel Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-13402489835668829102019-03-05T06:38:00.000-08:002019-03-05T06:38:26.597-08:00The Crimson Bird BBCRadio 3 broadcast today, March 5thMarch 5th 2019 at 3.35: BBC Radio 3 broadcast The Crimson Bird,' BBCSO conductor Ilan Volkov with soprano soloist Rachel Nicholls. Text: John Fuller.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-69727339930221272832019-02-22T09:14:00.000-08:002020-01-18T15:53:19.267-08:00PRSF Composers' Fund award for orchestral album on NMCPRSF have made me a grant from the Composers' Fund, for an NMC album of four major orchestral works. The CD will appear in 2020. Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-5772155917805054072019-02-03T09:59:00.002-08:002019-02-03T09:59:42.123-08:00'Threnody' broadcast BBCPhil/Rundell'Threnody', for large symphony orchestra, was broadcast on BBC Radio3 on Monday January 28th, in 'Afternoon Concert'. The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Clark Rundell. It will be available on iplayer for a month.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-37459218056787821332019-01-19T01:54:00.003-08:002019-01-19T01:54:44.724-08:00'Isobirthday' for flute and clarinet'Isobirthday' for flute and clarinet has two performances this winter:  19th January 2019, St Peter's Church Burnley, played by Emily Wilson's ensemble Salford Keys, and February 7th 2019 in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, played by Concorde, director Jane O Leary.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-63950649548494396882018-11-28T03:36:00.002-08:002018-11-28T03:36:45.426-08:00Prelude for solo violin - concert recordingPeter Sheppard Skaerved gave a superb performance of 'Prelude after Grinling Gibbons' on Friday November 26th 2018.  The concert was in St Stephen Walbrook, London, a marvellous Wren church. Here is a link to a recording:https://wp.me/pH1iH-6zJ Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-84730843964954330892018-11-28T03:15:00.004-08:002018-11-28T03:15:51.087-08:00Music for oboeMy oboe music, solo and chamber, is featured this month on the New Oboe Music Project website: http://newoboemusic.org/nicola-lefanu/Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-11113659673330604852018-11-06T02:47:00.002-08:002018-11-15T15:07:11.560-08:00Prelude for solo violin, 23rd November /new choral pieces 21st NovemberPeter Sheppard Skaerved will play my 'Prelude after Grinling Gibbons' for solo violin, at St Stephen Walbrook, London EC4N 4, at 6pm on Friday November 23rd. He gave a brilliant performance of it at Fairfax House in York, on October 30th. At RNCM, Manchester, 7.45pm on Wednesday November 21st, 'These Days - the Manchester Peace Song Cycle' includes several short pieces I have written for the Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-24388326112852619772018-10-22T07:14:00.000-07:002018-11-15T15:07:21.081-08:00Premiere - Prelude for solo violin'Prelude after Grinling Gibbons', for solo violin, will be premiered by its dedicatee, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, at Fairfax House in York on October 30th, 2018. The Prelude is based on the carving 'King David performing a motet of Orlando di Lassus', which is in Fairfax House. Grinling Gibbons carved it as a young man in York, before he had become King Charles' 'Master Carver'. The salon concert Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-70473178572200581582018-09-03T07:34:00.000-07:002018-11-15T15:07:30.105-08:00'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/m000087y This '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-53350926172044523552018-08-13T07:43:00.000-07:002018-11-15T15:07:38.291-08:00LeFanu 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/281296974 It 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-53003088287109135152018-05-09T09:59:00.001-07:002018-11-15T15:07:43.483-08:00Sophia 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-39522424117338379072018-05-09T09:55:00.001-07:002018-11-15T15:07:49.159-08:00Fairfax 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.com0