News, news, news!!!
Announcing our awarded young composers for 2023!
From an impressive cohort of applications,
the selection panel has awarded 4 bursaries.
Joe, Josh, Felix and William. They have been commissioned to write short pieces on the theme of War, for solo cello.
They have now taken part in 2 workshops with
Joseph Spooner - performer in residence, looking at
writing for cello, and the
starting points of their pieces, and are working hard with their mentors to complete their pieces ahead of the Festival...
Plans are now in full swing:
MRF Annual Festival,
Sunday April 23rd 2023,
St Lawrence Church, Alton,
The Festival theme is War,
past and current.
In celebration of
Martin Read, 10 years on, the concert, 7.30pm, will feature his
Civil War cantata:
The Death of Colonel Boles
with cellist Joseph Spooner,
and baritone Paul Sheehan
conducted by David Gibson
Also featuring will be:
premieres by our 4 award-holders for solo cello,
and from our alumni:
new choral piece by Freddie Hodkin;
new work for Flexible Ensemble.
BOOKINGS are now OPEN!
PARTICIPATE - sing & / or play
rehearsals from 12 noon.
Endorsements for MRF:
From Judith Weir's blog-post, on MRF...'
'...MRF resourcefully supports school and college age composers with live workshops and performances.'
'MRF is unique within the UK’
Howard Skempton, patron
Alan Bullard, composer...
'Well done for encouraging those young musicians as they take their next steps into the musical world - you are doing a fantastic job.'
Royal Academy of Music - composition
MRF has been a massive help in getting me to where I am today and I will always be so grateful for all of the support I’ve received. I’m so excited!
Samby Anderson, award-holder...
'Thank you so much for organising it and allowing me to be a part of it. I loved writing the piece and hearing it performed and really really enjoyed everyone else's works and hearing them talk about the process behind them.'
Jakki Faye, parent...
'Thank you so much for what you do,
it really does change young lives!'