A review of our concert in Cardiff last month takes it’s title from our eclectic programme of Berio, Woolrich, Mozart (arranged by Sally Beamish) and Philip Cashian: “Glass Harmonicas and Devil Automatons in Cardiff“.
It was the premiere of our newly commissioned Dectet “Settala’s Machine” by Philip Cashian, performed alongside five students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The work is inspired by Manfredo Settala’s seventeenth-century devilish automaton.
We also performed one of our favourite Mozart-arrangements – a commission by Sally Beamish for our “Mozart, Mechanical Marvels and More…” programme at the Wigmore Hall last year. Our audience clearly enjoyed it too!
“For me the undoubted musical highlight of the programme was Sally Beamish’s version of Mozart’s Adagio for Glass Harmonica (K.356)…The subtlety and clarity of Beamish’s writing here is a joy, and the interpretation we heard was utterly compelling.”
We’re looking forward to performing our Mozart-inspired programme again in the new year – and plans are afoot for a series of performances of Cashian’s “Settala’s Machine”.
We are still buzzing after the recent nominations for the RPS Music Awards, in
which Martin Butler’s ‘Rondes d’Automne’ was nominated in the category of Chamber-Scale Composition. NLCE co-commissioned the piece with the Dante Quartet in 2011.
We’re not really surprised by the nomination, to be honest! It’s a great piece, and we’ve really enjoyed working on it these last months. We performed it back in March, and since then have gone on to do another piece by Martin – ‘Dirty Beasts’, which was paired alongside an exciting new Philip Cashian wind dectet, ‘Cortege’.
In the meantime, we’ve got some exciting concerts lined up for summer – details of which are coming soon. Fingers firmly crossed that Martin can go on and win the RPS Award!
The NLCE has been quintet in residence at the National Youth Chamber Orchestra courses for ten years. Each year they enjoy spending several intensive days coaching young players on exciting chamber and orchestral repertoire. The orchestral repertoire is always performed without a conductor – so it makes for challenging but rewarding coaching! This year’s programme includes Haydn’s Symphony No.99 and Kodaly’s fantastically colourful Galanta Dances. To celebrate their tenth anniversary this year, they will be combining forces with members of the NYCO woodwind section to perform an extract from their new commission from Philip Cashian – Cortege – a wind dectet especially written for the NLCE to play alongside young musicians. The performance will take place on Monday 2nd April, alongside Martin Butler’s Dirty Beasts, narrated by the highly charismatic Paul Rissmann.