LUCY PANKHURST

COMPOSER

By lucyloupank, Apr 6 2016 10:01AM

I'm really excited to be a part of a concert by the Lambeth Wind Orchestra, conducted by John Holland later this month.


The concert is billed as the "Best of British" and will aptly be staged on 23rd April - St. George's Day. The music featured is drawn from all four corners of the United Kingdom; Wales (Adam Gorb), Stephen McNeff (Northern Ireland), Guy Woolfenden (England) and Buxton Orr (Scotland). Linda Merrick (Principal of the RNCM) will be the guest soloist of the evening, performing the McNeff Clarinet Concerto.


My new work was commissioned by John and the band for the event and pays tribute to the heritage of the sonnet, using the structure, rhythm and reflective nature of the Shakesperian Sonnet as inspiration. 'Four Sonnets' will be given its world premiere as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations across the country.


Many thansk to John and the Lambeth Wind Orchestra for their support in commissioning and performing this new piece - it's been a pleasure to be involved!


L


By lucyloupank, Feb 2 2013 05:23PM

'Diversions After Benjamin Britten' is described by Paul Hindmarsh as 'a collective tribute to the genius of Benjamin Britten'. Last year hear approached Simon Dobson, Paul McGhee, Gavin Higgins and myself to compose a short response to an aspect of Britten's character or creativity . The movements ('His Depth', 'His Vitality', 'His Sympathy' and 'His Skill') are preceded by Britten's St. Edmondsbury Fanfares.


The work was premiered as part of the RNCM Festival of Brass last weekend by the Tredegar band, with RNCM students performing the separate fanfares.


It was a unique experience to be invloved with this project and I would like to extend my gratitude to Paul Hindmarsh for asking me to be a part of it and congratulations to the other three composers for their wonderful music.


Check out the 'ABOUT' section for a recording of the performance!

(Many thanks to Ian Clowes at Goldy Solutions for the photo!)



L


By lucyloupank, Jan 31 2013 10:11AM

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing the world famous Exit_Brass performing my new work for them. 'Atomic Plumage' features different extended techniques, including pedal notes throughout the ensemble and mouthpiece 'popping'! Exit featured it in their first concert as ensemble-in-residence at this year's RNCM Festival of Brass. They brought the house down with their amazing blend of musicality, ridiculously virtuosic technique, humour and theatre. Thanks again guys! :)

By lucyloupank, Apr 30 2012 08:23PM

So far 2012 has turned out to be quite a busy year indeed...I've been lucky enough for the Tempest Flute trio to give multiple performances of my new work 'Kokapelli' - the most recent of which was on Friday at the National Portraits Gallery in London. Thank you very much ladies :)


Sadly I couldn't attend the premiere of 'Ticket : 250654' for Wind Orchestra last month, but am eagerly awaiting a recording and am also very pleased that the band will be performing it again very soon! How exciting!


There have also been some fantastic performances of my brass pieces so far this year, including 'Petrichor', 'Mearcair', 'In Pitch Black' and last Friday I was lucky enough to go to a concert at Chetham's School of music to hear their wonderful performance of 'Storm'. The band were fantastic and the smaller ensembles truly stunning. Bravo to everyone involved and thanks to Dave Thornton for superb interpretations as MD. I'm also off to the RNCM this week to listen to the RNCM Brass Band repertoire sessions on a few of my pieces, including 'Alchemists' Fire'.


I've been busy scribbling away too and recently just finished two new works, including a piece for brass band based on a short childrens' story, entitled 'Mr Sonnemans' Unusual Solution' - it was so much fun to write and I'm really looking forward to the premiere in Jersey this summer. Also I've literally just finished the first draft of a piece for a youth string orchestra. It's based on the legends which surround the Liver Birds (who are 101 years old!) I've been fascinated by them ever since I can remember, so the research is long overdue!


And to top the week off I shall be accompanying my lovely other half, Paul McGhee and the wondrous Tom Davoren to the European Brass Band Championships, where they are both finalists in the composer competition. Well done boys!

We'll be heading over to Rotterdam for the festivities and will be staying on a barge...


...HURRAH!

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