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Thursday 31st October 2019: 6.15pm, W1U 2BP

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Sounding Cities at the Bechstein Room, Wigmore Hall, London

Exploring urban life: Music, film, found text, poetry, photography and city sounds

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This concert will feature a new work by British composer Daniel Fardon

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Dan has worked with and written for performers including: The London Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), The Schubert Ensemble, The Britten Sinfonia, Kokoro, Orkest de Ereprijs, HERMES ensemble, Listenpony, CHROMA Ensemble, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and more.


May 9, 2019: Sounding Cities at RBC’s South Africa Festival, Eastside Jazz Centre

Another visit to Birmingham to perform two sets as part of a day celebrating South African Music. Working again with the inimitable Maureen Brathwaite - voice, Gloria Yehilevsky - percussion, Louis Stanhope – tenor saxophone. And an opportunity to share the work of Theo Herbst. A connection we hope to develop in Cape Town, 2020.

Programme

Theo Herbst: Of Dance I *UK premiere

Clare Loveday and Nandipa Mtambo : City Deep

Arthur Feder: Reflections

Kevin Volans: Asanga

Andile Khumalo: Tracing Hollow traces

Matthjis Van Dijk: Scenes from a Bar

Henryk Golden: Orangutang

Read Birmingham Post’s 5* review here: RBC SA Festival Reviewl


November 29 - 30, 2019: RBC and Centrala

November 29th 2019. Sounding Cities revisited Birmingham. Clare Loveday joined the Sounding Cities Duo and we worked with conservatoire students on related works, cumulating in a concert in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Recital Hall. Find out more about composers via our LINKS page.

Programme

Michael Wolters: Nine Ways of saying ‘hallo’

Rob Jones: They/Them

Clare Loveday: Arc (UK premiere by Chloe Percy-Smith)

Harry Golden: Straightlines

Harry Golden: Orangutang

Clare Loveday: City Deep (UK premiere)

Fiona Tozer: Changane (UK premire performed by Isobel Matthews and Isobella Goodwin)

On 30th November we were at Centrala, Digbeth, including the permiere of Ian Stewart’s Productions of the Anvil. The text to this work is taken from many original sources: two histories of Birmingham; 19th century novelists and poets either from Birmingham, or who lived there; 18th century documents relating to the building of the cut; a book about the city’s trams; interviews and posts on web forums; and from notices, posters, and other text found on walls around the city. All sounds are from recordings made in Birmingham, including those heavily processed. The music is based entirely on one of the favourite hymns of prominent local novelist and essayist J. H. Shorthouse - And Now, O Father, Mindful of the Love; and the folksong - Dabbling In The Dew - from a collection of songs from the Black Country and Birmingham.

Centrala is a place to visit! It was launched in 2012 and has gone onto establish itself as a nationally and internationally recognised centre for Central and Eastern European art and artists. They are now the only publicly-funded gallery of their kind and the only advocate for Central and European art and artists outside London.

This venue is a short canal walk away from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Here is to futher collaborations


South Africa tour 2018


From the Crossing Paths project came Sounding Cities. With support from SASRIM, SAMRO, RVW Trust, CASSUK we visited many parts of Johannesburg and Durban. Huge thanks to all that supported and joined us.

13th -19th August - The Centre for the Less Good Idea - collaboration and creative workshops

22nd August – Performance and workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand

23rd August – Workshops with MIAGI Cape Gate Centre for Music

24th August – Performance at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg

25th August – Saxophone and clarinet masterclasses with students from Johannesburg schools and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra 

25th August - collaborative performance of music and film at The Bioscope, Johannesburg

29th – 31st August – Participation and performances in SASRIM Conference


Crossing Paths

October 25, 2017: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

‘Crossing Paths’ was the starting point of the Sounding Cities project.

With the aim to create an evening of music to celebrate music composed by some of South Africa’s brightest and most talented young artists alongside established voices, works were performed by current and past students of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

As the Conservatoire opened new doors, we celebrated connections and meetings across the world of music. Once a common ground was established between the Sounding Cities duo and Clare Loveday, plans started developing. As a self confessed “saxophile”, Clare has written extensively for the saxophone, to which we can only say a huge thank you. She also has a wealth of knowledge about the music of South Africa. There is so much to find and learn from opening doors to new music and ideas. So here is to keeping doors open so paths can always fortuitously cross. 

Programme

Clare Loveday - Octet 3 (world premiere)

Clare Loveday - Untitled (UK premiere)

Kevin Volans - Matepe (UK premiere)

Clare Loveday - Red Herring (UK premiere)

Arthur Feder - Reflections (UK premiere)

Jürgen Bräuninger  - 13 very short movies (UK premiere)

Matthijis van Dijk - Scenes from a Bar (world premiere)

Read a Clarinet and Saxophone UK Magazine review via the gallery below: