Court Studies from 'The Tempest' - 2005

Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Productions for the 2005 Aldeburgh Festival

Programme Notes

For this series of Court Studies I have extracted six solo numbers for members of the Court of Naples from

my and Meredith Oakes?s opera The Tempest and transcribed them freely for four instruments (violin,

clarinet, cello and piano). The first three form a sequence in the opera: Antonio: ?Sir, I saw him in the water/Striking bravely for the land?; Sebastian: ?Milan, your vanity, your self-promotion/Have brought us to this godforsaken shore?; and the King of Naples: ?Oh Prince of Naples and Milan/What fish has made its meal on you??. Ariel?s ventriloquistic interjections are omitted here, so the argument between Antonio and

Sebastian is purely human and musical in origin.

Upcoming Performances

  • May 11 2019
    Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Ensemble 360

Past Performances

  • November 1 2006
    Colchester Institute, Colchester, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • November 8 2006
    University of York, York, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • February 6 2007
    Dartington Hall, Dartington, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • October 6 2007
    Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia
    Halcyon
  • October 14 2007
    First Church in Boston, Boston, USA
    Dinosaur Annex
  • February 22 2008
    The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 12 2008
    Royal Holloway, University of London, London, United Kingdom
    Contemporary Consort
  • April 9 2009
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia
  • October 20 2012
    St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, London, United Kingdom
    Dr. K Ensemble
  • November 5 2013
    Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, United Kingdom
    Anthony Marwood, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Hunt
  • January 18 2014
    Lighthouse, Poole, United Kingdom
    Kokoro, Mark Forkgen
  • January 29 2014
    El Auditorio, Auditorio y Centro de Congresos, Murcia, Spain
    Britten Sinfonia
  • January 30 2014
    Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, Spain
    Britten Sinfonia, Jacqueline Shave, Claudia Huckle
  • May 9 2014
    Farmers and Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, USA
    DC8
  • June 20 2014
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • September 14 2014
    Museo nazionale del bargello, Florence, Italy
    London Sinfonietta
  • October 12 2014
    Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom
    Kokoro, Mark Forkgen
  • November 13 2014
    St George's, Bristol, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 14 2014
    Spectrum, New York City, USA
    Cantata Profana
  • November 15 2014
    LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • November 16 2014
    St Mary's Church, Ashford, United Kingdom
    Aurora Orchestra
  • March 27 2015
    Carole Nash Recital Room, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Khymerikal Chamber Ensemble, Leo Geyer
  • June 5 2015
    Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom
    Ian Brown, Nash Ensemble, Richard Hosford, dir. Stephanie Gonley, Adrian Brendel
  • July 22 2015
    Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, USA
    Thomas Sauer
  • August 20 & 22-23 2015
    Syddansk Musikkonservatorium og Skuespillerskole, Odense, Denmark
    Esbjerg Ensemble, Thomas Sauer
  • September 11 2015
    Kings Place, London, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • April 9 2016
    National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
    Dark Inventions
  • April 17 2016
    Recital Room, Leeds College of Music, Leeds, United Kingdom
    Dark Inventions
  • April 24 2016
    Cecil Sharp House, London, United Kingdom
    Dark Inventions
  • July 5 2016
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Hebrides Ensemble
  • October 30 2016
    Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, USA
    Boston Symphony Chamber Players
  • February 1 2017
    Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany
    Ensemble Avant-Garde
  • March 24 2017
    Helsinki Music Centre, Paavo Hall, Helsinki, Finland
    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jouko Laivuori, Nicholas Collon, Laura Mikkola, Christoffer Sundqvist, Paula Sundqvist, Jukka Rautasalo
  • August 13 2017
    Seiji Ozawa Hall, Lenox, USA
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • September 8 2017
    Studioul de concerte "Mihail Jora", Bucharest, Romania
    Mercury Quartet
  • September 18 & 20 2017
    Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, United Kingdom
    Britten Sinfonia, Jacqueline Shave, Richard Baker, Students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • February 16 2018
    King's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Composers Ensemble
  • May 18 2018
    Recital Studio, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
  • August 13 2018
    St Mary's Church, Lastingham, United Kingdom
  • November 18 2018
    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
    NOVA Chamber Music

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