tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-43997263339123574932024-05-14T02:07:44.231+00:00Nicola LeFanuNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.comBlogger117125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-56980223002034397852024-05-13T10:57:00.000+00:002024-05-13T10:57:37.413+00:00Performance 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-79178565497204483462024-03-21T10:51:00.005+00:002024-03-21T11:46:22.681+00:00Excellent CD review in The ObserverFiona 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-geminiNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-31222464870625726602024-03-10T17:37:00.001+00:002024-03-21T11:46:44.456+00:00Performances 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-39441360393283459562024-02-29T10:29:00.005+00:002024-03-21T11:46:53.912+00:00New 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 Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-29269634528781820942024-02-07T17:20:00.001+00:002024-03-21T11:47:02.822+00:00New CD: Launch concert, February 25th 2024Gemini 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-29680267995045849492023-12-10T12:21:00.001+00:002024-03-21T11:47:16.686+00:00Au 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.The Composer, Herself eBook ISBN978-3-031-23922-9Print ISBN978-3-031-23921-2Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-59302463665037641052023-12-03T10:16:00.001+00:002024-03-21T11:47:23.217+00:00December 2023 performancesThree 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 Kümin, violin,  played 'Prelude after Grinling Gibbons'. Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-4241245846978493782023-11-13T14:49:00.001+00:002024-03-21T11:47:31.650+00:00'After Farrera' horn trio in New ZealandBen 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=15a7641777Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-27170595659416415912023-09-16T11:19:00.000+00:002023-09-16T11:19:15.593+00:00Horn 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-47717719400867493432023-08-30T08:45:00.005+00:002024-03-21T11:47:58.961+00:00Quartet no5 on CDThe Lafayette String Quartet have issued a new cd 'Four Voices', showcasing their recent commissions. The recording of my fifth string quartet is very fine.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-27691677412292542412023-07-10T09:07:00.001+00:002024-03-21T11:48:06.127+00:00Clavichord pieces on CDA new Cd of clavichord music includes three of my Broadwood Bagatelles. The CD 'Chit Chat', Prima Facie PFCD214, features music for two clavichords played by Terence Charlston and Julian Perkins. Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-73781106268093952682023-06-21T14:05:00.002+00:002024-03-21T11:48:12.900+00:00Catalan residency and 'The Moth Ghost' in concertIn May I was in residence at the Centre d'Art i Natura at Farrera in the Catalan Pyrenees. My project was the composition of a new horn trio, for Ben Goldscheider. It will be premiered at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland in September.During May, the Lafayette string quartet continued to present my String Quartet no5, as they toured in British Columbia.Meanwhile my scena The Moth Ghost has two Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-56576585616660815672023-05-16T16:18:00.003+00:002024-03-21T11:47:39.032+00:00String Quartet no 5 - premiereI was in residence in Canada at Victoria University, Vancouver Island, from March 20th-28th. During that time I worked with the University's quartet in residence, the Lafayette String Quartet, and with composition students.The Lafayette commissioned my new quartet, no5,  and gave its premiere on March 23rd.  Following a successful concert, they recorded it for cd release later this yearNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-38969211605704753342023-03-03T15:42:00.000+00:002023-03-03T15:42:13.725+00:00March 2023 performancesThe Bourne, a setting of Christina Rossetti, will be performed by Heloise Werner and The Hermes Experiment at the Wigmore Hall on Wednesday March 8th, 7.30pm. It will also be live streamed. The Bourne will be performed in Anne Denholm's ensemble arrangement, and the concert celebrates International Women's Day.String Quartet no5 will receive its premiere on Thursday March 23rd at the University &Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-73256827820229449292023-01-30T10:04:00.001+00:002023-02-02T15:40:41.076+00:00February 2023 performances String Quartet no2 Tuesday February 21st. Bloomsbury Quartet, at Skipton Town Hall, 7.30. The programme includes Maconchy nos 1 and 11 and Janacek no2.as heather curves (SATB)  Text: Eithne Strong. Premiere.Saturday February 25th.   New Dublin Voices, Trinity College Chapel, Dublin, 7.00pm. The programme includes six premieres, of works based on poems by Irish women poets in Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-27816117111328054312023-01-30T09:54:00.000+00:002023-01-30T09:54:10.401+00:00Songs for Jane - new cd A fine recording of Songs for Jane has appeared on the Polish label Dux. The artists are Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (soprano) and Szymon Kruk (viola). DUX 1875.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-39563832720903122552023-01-19T12:58:00.002+00:002023-01-19T12:58:49.583+00:00Travels and residencesIn November, LeFanu was in residence at the Hochschule fur Musik in Nuremberg, and then in Lubeck.In January she was a guest of the  Royal Irish Academy of Music for the Irish premiere of 'The Sofa' by Elizabeth Maconchy. LeFanu will be back in Dublin in February for the launch of 'Women and Music in Ireland', (Boydell Press) which includes LeFanu's chapter 'Women and Composition: Fifty Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-2997000874021427882023-01-19T12:47:00.000+00:002023-01-19T12:47:29.125+00:00Review of LeFanu portrait concert Gemini presented a concert on December 3rd in honour of LeFanu's 75th birthday; Martin Dreyer reviewed it:Unitarian Chapel, York, December 3Nicola LeFanu’s 75th birthday earlier this year was celebrated in fine style by one of our most distinguished and long-lived groups, Gemini, itself only a year short of its half-century. Two of her own works framed eight others, including one by Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-55942174080356652902022-11-09T15:37:00.000+00:002022-11-09T15:37:01.117+00:00November and December performancesThursday November 10th Sir Harlequin Amy Thompson (bassoon). Tailleferre Ensemble, St Johns Smith Square, 1.05pm.Thursday November 17th the forest, the strand the sea.. James Willshire (piano).  Stoller Hall, Chetham’s School, Manchester 7.30 pm. Saturday November 19th In the Forests of the Night Nürnberg and Wurzburg saxophone ensembles. Nürnberg Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-69112386473359413062022-09-20T08:28:00.001+00:002022-09-20T08:28:25.979+00:00October Performances 2022  Sunday September 11th But Stars Remaining Mimi Doulton (soprano). Colourscape Festival, Clapham Common London, c.1.30pm. Saturday October 1st String Quartet no2 Bingham String Quartet. York Late Music series , St Saviourgate Chapel, York. 7.30 pm. Saturday October 15th In the Forests of the Night RWCMD saxophone ensemble. Whirlwinds Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-67765544080133153902022-05-30T11:26:00.000+00:002022-05-30T11:26:35.643+00:00Triptych performance and Portuguese broadcasts'Triptych' received another fine performance in Wales on May 23rd: WCO, conductor Anthony Hose, soloist, Jeremy Huw Williams.Two chamber works, 'Songs without Words' and 'The Swan', were broadcast on Portuguese radio on May 2nd and May 9th.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-49540382954580730812022-04-07T16:54:00.002+00:002022-04-07T16:54:43.480+00:00April performances On April 2nd, Steve Bingham played 'A Cherub Dances' for solo violin, at Late Music York. On April 5th, as well as performing 'The Bourne' in Cardiff, Heloise Werner (soprano) and Anne Denholm (harp) performed it at the Leicester Music Festival.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-43531755807389385272022-03-24T11:13:00.000+00:002022-03-24T11:13:34.661+00:00Premiere of solo piano 'the forest, the strand, the sea' James Willshire gives the premiere of 'the forest, the strand, the sea' for solo piano, on Saturday March 26th 2022, 4pm at St Philip and St James' Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham.On March 17th, Aleksander Szram played 'Chiaroscuro' in a recital at Trinity Laban.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-34627684098435393842022-03-13T10:17:00.000+00:002022-03-13T10:17:47.917+00:00Vocal and choral performances March 3rd, 2022, 'On the Wind' (SATB) was broadcast on BBC R3 by the BBC Singers. A fine new CD recording of Misterium Mirabile (SSA) has been made by the In Mulieribus choir from Portland, Oregon; and there is also a link to a lovely performance of it on the website of the Chapter House Choir of York Minster.Live performances of solo voice pieces include  March 5th, Anna Snow in York Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-56886586791057115982021-12-02T15:31:00.002+00:002021-12-02T15:31:47.945+00:00Triptych premiere and live stream Triptych  received its live premiere on 26/11/2021, Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra, conductor Anthony Hose. Triptych sets three poems by Rowan Williams.There are further performances at Rhyl, Holyhead and Blackwood. The Holyhead performance on December 4th will be live-streamed: https://www.facebook.com/ucheldre.holyheadNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0