A long life
The death a week ago of Thomas Pitfield, the British composer, teacher,
artist and craftsman, has ended a long life (born 1903), much of it devoted
to music, with distinguished composers Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr and
John McCabe beneficiaries of his teaching at the Royal Northern College
The Bournemouth Sinfonietta is no more
More sad news from the UK - the Bournemouth Orchestras have come to an
agreement with the Arts Council to wind up the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is not affected.
Back to Bach basics
BBC2 (UK domestic TV) has laid down a challenge for Bach 2000 celebrations.
Five composers are to follow Bach's pattern of composing weekly a cantata
for the next Sunday. They will compose a ten-minute work for chorus and
orchestra under realistic conditions (plus challenges such as a performer
ill or double-booked) and deliver the completed work within seven days.
Cameras will follow the proceedings to be shown in five programmes on TV
in the late spring.
Previously published news ...
Howard Ferguson has died. Please read our separate
International Piano Quarterly axed
The long-running success story of Gramophone's quality quarterlies
for the enthusiast has left takeover management bosses apparently unimpressed.
Following the decision last month to close International Opera Collector,
edited by veteran broadcaster Michael Oliver, the new owners of Gramophone,
Haymarket Magazines Ltd (publishers of Autocar and Horticulture
Week), have now axed International Piano Quarterly. To the shock
of a flourishing readership, the Winter 99/2000 issue will not appear. In
the two years of its publication, with a distinguished panel of writers
and consultants drawn from leading pianophiles and critics around the world,
International Piano Quarterly, edited by Harriet Smith, enjoyed
a glittering reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. What chances of reprieve?
Will International Classical Record Collector or new investment
Gramophone Early Music be the next to go? Tell us what you think,
e-mail Gramophone editor James Jolly direct firstname.lastname@example.org
Voces Sacrae's latest recordings include Michael Finnissy's Seven
Sacred Motets (l991), recorded on Metier MSV CD92023, and 'Except the
Lord Build the House', recorded in Exeter College Chapel together with the
choir of St.Mary Magdalen, and comprising music by Mendelssohn, Byrd, John
Rutter and W.S.Lloyd Webber (Metier ..........). The 8-voice choir was recently
heard at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, during a tour of New South Wales.
Voces Sacrae's recording of Michael Berkeley's Eight Motets, together
with music by Magnus Williamson, Gabriel Jackson and Bob Chilcott, will
be released in the new year.
Voces Sacrae can be contacted
by e-mail, or visit their website.
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