From Score to Sound: engaging audiences with new music came about via the Arts and Humanities Research Council 10th Anniversary Cultural Engagement Fund. Their funding supported a three-month project that introduced audiences to contemporary classical music from the UK through a series of discovery day events. This fascinating music can be daunting to those unfamiliar […]
The Firewheel Collection brings together a number of seemingly disparate compositional voices, yet is united by an attention to line and melody. From the lucid tune and flowing metre of The Cruel Mother, to the modern polyphony and rhythmical freedom of Three Inventions, there is a striking contrast between approaches to the treatment of horizontal material and vertical harmony. Nevertheless, the deliberate attention to these factors, and the integrity of each composer’s decisions, has led to a series of works that shift from one to the next with satisfying contrasts yet unifying parallels.
This album takes us on a journey between three sparse yet sonorous sonic landscapes; on the way we meet four itinerant characters who tell their stories through song. Three contemporary works for chamber ensemble are juxtaposed with traditional folksongs as the group are joined by singer Stef Conner.