Three World Premieres

Three World Premieres

A concert featuring the world premiere of three new works.

American composer Robert Moran, best known for his operatic works and large-scale ‘happening’ events in Europe and the USA, has written 32 Cryptograms – a tribute to Britain’s fearless film-maker Derek Jarman.

Other new commissions are by Graham Fitkin, whose work has been described as having “the urgency and colour usually found in the best rock music”, and Chris Batchelor, a regular soloist with Django Bates’ big bands.

Barnaby Oliver, one of the more exciting young composers working in Britain today, expands his catalogue of railway tracks – a second excursion of his African-inspired Mlembe Special and a new arrangement of Villanova Junction by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.

Also featured is music by New York’s Bang On A Can festival director and composer David Lang, together with music by Britain’s cult composers Michael Nyman and Steve Martland

Music direction: Charlie Barber

Musicians: Mark Morren (clarinet, saxophones), Duncan Ashby (clarinet, saxophones), Simon Reeves (trumpet), Steven Legge (trombone), Ruth Wall (piano), Elizabeth Lane (percussion), Tim Wright (percussion), Alison Francis (violin), Michael Rafferty (violin), John Rayson (viola), Sharon McKinley (cello), Doug Sinclair (electric bass)

Set design: Angela Evans

Technical co-ordinator: Neil Marcus

Company manager: Joe Wright

Administration: David Sheppard

Photography: Nicola Schauerman


05.10.94CARDIFFWelsh College of Music & Drama
12.10.94LONDONSouthbank Centre, Purcell Room

With the financial support of: Paul Hamly Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, Holst Foundation, London Arts Board, Musicians’ Union, Performing Right Society, South Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff City Council


Rehearsal photos 26 September 1994


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