World premiere, new piece for Cheltenham Festival

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Date(s) - 10 Jul 2019
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM


Zoë’s new piece “Musae – 5 Songs” commissioned by Wild Plum Arts for mezzo soprano Lucy Schaefer and pianist Huw Watkins will premiere at this year’s Cheltenham Festival as part of the Composium conference.

Texts and music by Zoë.

In 2019 Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates its 75th Anniversary with Composium; a conference day devised by Artistic Director Alison Balsom for anyone working or studying in classical music. We are also offering a limited number of special access tickets for members of the public.

Founded in 1945 to provide a post-war platform for British composers, Cheltenham Music Festival has remained synonymous with contemporary classical music, even as its programme has broadened across the decades. Composium looks to deepen and develop this connection, with a day of TED-style talks and panel sessions focused on the challenges facing contemporary classical music in the 21st century, alongside a number of world premieres and networking opportunities. We want to provoke discussion and encourage open debate, never shying away from the difficult questions the industry must address in order to thrive in a time of considerable change.

Eminent composer Thea Musgrave CBE opens the day as keynote speaker, alongside Alison Balsom, with musicologist and broadcaster Katy Hamilton as the day’s facilitator. Other confirmed contributors include James Murphy (Chief Executive, Royal Philharmonic Society), Lucy Schaufer (Mezzo-soprano and Artistic Director, Wild Plum Arts), Hannah Kendall (Composer), Vanessa Reed (CEOPRS Foundation), Denzyl Feigelson (Special Advisor, Apple Inc and iTunes), Zoe Martlew (Composer) and Harriet Wybor (PRS for Music – Classical). Full line-up to be released shortly.

Performers include Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins (piano), Elizabeth Karani(soprano) and Gabriel Cabezas (cello) and Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. They will be presenting world premieres from Zoe Martlew and Emma-Ruth Richards as part of the Wild Plum Arts Songbook project, plus a new composition by Lisa Robertson, workshopped and produced in association with PRSfor Music and Wild Plum Arts, supported by the RVW Trust.

Our eight Composer Academy participants bring their brand-new work to the stage for the first time, following intensive workshops with composer John Woolrich and Ensemble-in-Residence The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Composer Academy is kindly supported by Penny McCracken & John MumfordThe John S Cohen Foundation and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation.

Composium Full Schedule
(please note that running order and timings are subject to change)

10:00am – 10:25am Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:30am – 10:55am Welcome: Alison Balsom and Keynote Speech: Thea Musgrave CBE
10:55am – 11:05am Performance I: Lisa Robertson Speak Up introduced by Lucy Schuafer and Christopher Gillett of Wild Plum Arts
11:10am – 11:25am TED I: James Murphy
11:25am – 11:45am Break
11:50am – 12:40pm Panel Session I: Contemporary Music in 2019
12:45pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:35pm – 1:55pm Performance II: Composer Academy Showcase
2:00pm – 2:20pm TED Talk II: Denzyl Feigelson
2:20pm – 2:35pm Performance III: Emma-Ruth Richards Violated Blossoms
2:40pm – 2:55pm Break
3:00pm – 3:45pm Panel Session II: The Digital Landscape
3:50pm – 4:15pm Performance IV: Composer Academy Showcase
4:20pm – 4:40pm TED II: Hannah Kendall
4:45pm – 5:05pm Performance V: Zoe Martlew Musae
5:10pm – 5:25pm Round-up, summary and thanks
5:30pm – 6:30pm Closing industry drinks