tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-43997263339123574932023-09-27T19:18:20.993-07:00Nicola LeFanuNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.comBlogger109125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-27170595659416415912023-09-16T04:19:00.000-07:002023-09-16T04:19:15.593-07:00Horn 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-47717719400867493432023-08-30T01:45:00.004-07:002023-08-30T01:45:54.424-07:00Quartet 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.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-27691677412292542412023-07-10T02:07:00.000-07:002023-07-10T02:07:10.508-07:00Clavichord pieces on CD A 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-73781106268093952682023-06-21T07:05:00.001-07:002023-06-21T07:05:38.813-07:00Catalan residency and 'The Moth Ghost' in concert In 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 twoNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-56576585616660815672023-05-16T09:18:00.002-07:002023-05-16T09:18:33.053-07:00String 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 year. During Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-38969211605704753342023-03-03T07:42:00.000-08:002023-03-03T07:42:13.725-08:00March 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-73256827820229449292023-01-30T02:04:00.001-08:002023-02-02T07:40:41.076-08:00February 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 the Windharp Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-27816117111328054312023-01-30T01:54:00.000-08:002023-01-30T01:54:10.401-08:00Songs 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-39563832720903122552023-01-19T04:58:00.002-08:002023-01-19T04:58:49.583-08:00Travels 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 Years of Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-2997000874021427882023-01-19T04:47:00.000-08:002023-01-19T04:47:29.125-08:00Review 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 her husband Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-55942174080356652902022-11-09T07:37:00.000-08:002022-11-09T07:37:01.117-08:00November 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 Hochschule für Musik, 7.30pm. Sunday November Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-69112386473359413062022-09-20T01:28:00.001-07:002022-09-20T01:28:25.979-07:00October 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 Festival, RWCMD Cardiff, 3.30 pm Tuesday October 18th Songs Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-67765544080133153902022-05-30T04:26:00.000-07:002022-05-30T04:26:35.643-07:00Triptych 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-49540382954580730812022-04-07T09:54:00.002-07:002022-04-07T09:54:43.480-07:00April 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-43531755807389385272022-03-24T04:13:00.000-07:002022-03-24T04:13:34.661-07:00Premiere 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-34627684098435393842022-03-13T03:17:00.000-07:002022-03-13T03:17:47.917-07:00Vocal 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 (from 'A Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-56886586791057115982021-12-02T07:31:00.002-08:002021-12-02T07:31:47.945-08:00Triptych 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.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-29261336675672638132021-10-01T02:26:00.000-07:002021-10-01T02:26:31.571-07:00October performances Quintet for strings Premiere: Sacconi Quartet with Tim Lowe, cello. BMS Commission Friday October 1st, York, Lyons Concert Hall In the Forests of the Night, for saxophone orchestra. Premiere: Megalopolis saxophone orchestra commission  Saturday October 9th Di Menna Center, New York City(live and live-streamed) Sunday Oct 10th – Roulette, Brooklyn, NY. (live and live-streamed)  The Bourne arr.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-4316314843753161922021-08-31T09:22:00.001-07:002021-08-31T09:22:32.195-07:00September performances 'Harlequin Memories' for bassoon and string quartet has two performances on Saturday Sept. 25th at the Oxshott and Cobham Music Society: Holy Trinity Church Claygate, 5pm and 8pm. Catriona McDermid, bassoon, with the Florian quartet.'Three Piano Miniatures' - after Bach's Goldberg Variations - will be played by Rachel Fryer in her 'Variations Down the Line' project. Sept. 10th, Brighton, Sept. Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-38281367102284478532021-07-26T02:59:00.000-07:002021-07-26T02:59:03.717-07:00Sir Harlequin for solo bassoon - Nanci Belmont Sir Harlequin for solo bassoon receives a superb performance from Nanci Belmont and is featured at the International Double Reed Society. It will be streamed live on July 29th 2021, 15.45 UK time. (10.45 EST), on this link:https://www.idrs.org/events/sir-harlequin-2/Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-61093218369350408542021-06-10T01:44:00.001-07:002021-06-10T01:44:59.391-07:00'After Lindisfarne' for solo horn premiered by Joe Longstaff at RAM After Lindisfarne for solo horn was premiered by Joseph Longstaff on June 8th at RAM, and is available on their youtube site:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzzLujwcs5o&t=2536s Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-7515374807192347252021-03-10T02:53:00.001-08:002021-03-10T02:53:50.009-08:00BBC Radio 3, 11th March -The Hidden Landscape "The Hidden Landscape' is broadcast in BBCR3 Afternoon concert, around 3.15pm, 11/03/2021. BBCSO, conductor del Mar; from NMC D255, my orchestral CD.Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-60280785514876190622021-03-02T02:35:00.001-08:002021-03-02T02:35:39.862-08:00New Cds released on Metier and Resonus Two new recordings of my chamber music have been released. Songs without Words is on Metier mss 28608 'for clarinet and strings', a new cd from Gemini, director Ian Mitchell.Abstracts and a Frame (Malu Lin, violin; Giles Swayne, piano) is on Resonus RES10271 'Relationships: Maconchy, LeFanu and Swayne. Nicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-80790931284651605832021-01-01T03:43:00.000-08:002021-01-01T03:43:24.633-08:00Premiere online of TriptychTriptych, for baritone and chamber orchestra, received its 'virtual' premiere on December 30th 2020.  The Welsh Chamber Orchestra, who commissioned it, was conducted by Anthony Hose. The baritone soloist was Jeremy Huw Williams, the dedicatee. Triptych sets three poems by Rowan Williams. The link below is available until January 27th 2021.https://www.beaumarisfestival.orgNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4399726333912357493.post-46577293105669689532020-11-18T09:35:00.001-08:002020-11-18T09:35:43.972-08:00Concert November 18th 2020 - also Sydney performance of 'Songs for Jane'' Prelude after Grinling Gibbons' for solo violin, played by Peter Sheppard Skaerved, will be streamed tonight on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykvhokOQkZQThe recital of Beethoven sonatas and new works will remain available on this Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/yorkconcertsYou can hear Jenny Duck-Chong sing my 'Songs for Jane' at this link: https://youtu.be/JGsljzIdCeoNicola LeFanuhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12046970166878295126noreply@blogger.com0