Commissioned Music

 
commissioned-music

The Society commissions new music for recorder consorts and ensembles.

Commissioned works for recorder consorts

2012 Commission

In 2012, to celebrate the Society’s 75th birthday, Jonathan Dove wrote ‘Light-dance’ for recorder octet: sopranino, 2 x descants, treble, tenor, bass, great bass, contra bass.  The first performance was given in November 2012 by Zero Gravity in The Fitzwilliam College Auditorium, Cambridge.  The work is published by Peters Ed 72408

You can listen to Zero Gravity playing Light-dance here. The sound engineer was Matt Moore.

2011 Commissions

The 2011 SRP commission was divided between two young composers, both reading for a  Masters in Music. James Welland, aged 23, is at Cambridge and Dominic Irving, aged 24 is at Bristol.  James’ Lament is in 7 parts and Dominic’s Valse Chromatique is in 5. 

The music of Lament and Valse Chromatique is available for download here.

Here are videos of first performances  

Lament by James Welland

Valse Chromatique by Dominic Irving

2010 Commission

Thaw, a quartet by Jim Sutherland, was first performed at the National Festival in Felixstowe Suffolk, May 8th 2010.

Jim Sutherland is a Scottish composer, musician and producer. He has composed for film, television and  large-scale events with La Banda Europa, the True North Orchestra and Cold Weather Dancing.

Thaw is available for download here.

You can listen to Zero Gravity performing Thaw here. The sound engineer was Matt Moore.
There is a remixed version called Thawed Out, produced by Evelyn Nallen & Matt Moore, here.

2007 Commission

To encourage composers to write for recorder ensembles the Committee of the Society decided some time ago to seek a composer willing to write a commissioned piece. In 2007, through the good offices of Evelyn Nallen, Gavin Bryars agreed to write such a piece. The 6-part piece, called A Family Likeness, was finished in December 2008.

It received its world premier performance shortly afterwards by the group Zero Gravity, led by Evelyn Nallen, at a venue in Cambridge. You can hear, and watch, the performance on Youtube. The sheet music is available from Schotts in score (Schotts Ed 13240) and in parts (Ed 13240-10) www.schott-music.com or Email  (infoatschott-musicdotcom)  

Commissioned works for recorder ensembles

The following pieces were written specifically for the National SRP Festivals which are held annually.  The first performances are given by  large ensembles in massed playing sessions, but most of this repertoire is also suitable for one-to-a-part playing.

There are recordings of  some of the pieces.

Year Branch Title Composer Publisher Further Information
2013 Ireland Heading West Rhona Clarke Contemporary Music Centre Ireland Contemporary Music Centre Ireland
2012 Surrey Surrey Leaves Anne Martin Peacock Press P435 Recorder Music Mail
Flow
Video
Eileen Silcocks Peacock Press P437 Recorder Music Mail
2011 Somerset Gorged On Cheddar Steve Marshall May Hill Edition May Hill Edition
2010 Felixstowe, Suffolk North Sea Sketches
Recordings:
Mvt 1
Mvt 2
Mvt 3
Alan Bullard Peacock Press P365 Recorder Music Mail
2009 Cleveland Ambion Hill
Recording
Rosemary Robinson May Hill Edition May Hill Edition
Festivo
Recording
Brian Bonsor   Recorder Music Mail
2008 Kent and
Weald of Kent
Mirror Ball Andrew Challinger Montem Music Montem Music
2007 York Guildhall   Penelope Walcott    
2006 Cumbria The Cumbrian Sartor Berry Oriel Library (OL 251) Oriel Library
2005 Essex All the Birds of the Air Bruce Pennick    
2004 Wessex Slavonic Dance Op 46 No 4 (Dvorak) Arranged by Helen Hooker Oriel Library (OL239) Oriel Library
2003 Manchester Manchester Welcome Colin Touchin Oriel Library Oriel Library
EforanF Dennis Bamforth Hawthorns Hawthorns Music
2002 Guildford Suite for Recorders Walton arr Bloodworth Oriel Library Oriel Library
2001 Bristol & Bath West Country Suite Eileen Silcocks Oriel Library Oriel Library
2000 Suffolk Samburu Samba Lyndon Hilling Oriel Library Oriel Library
1999 York Guildhall Yorkshire Relish David Grosvenor White Rose White
Rose

Recorder Music Mail
1998 Cornwall Pasticcio della Cornovaglia Paul Clark Clark Collection  
1997 St Albans Festoons Paul Clark Clark Collection  
1996 Newcastle Bonny Tyneside Suite Paul Clark Oriel Library (OL 215) Oriel Library
1995 Haslemere        
1994 Aberdeen        
1993 Winchester        
1992 Cambridge        
1991 South Staffs Staffordshire Festival Colin Touchin Comus Comus Edition
1990 Suffolk A Bouquet of Fancies Andrew Charlton Oriel Library (OL 164) Oriel Library
Last updated June 12, 2013