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A Century of Music by British Women (1921-2021) directed by Madeleine Mitchell

On International Women’s Day violinist Madeleine Mitchell has put together a fantastic range of music celebrating some of the finest British female composers of the past 100 years with the London Chamber Ensemble which she founded and directs. The concert includes one of Grace Williams’ rarely performed large chamber work of 1934, recorded by them for Naxos: “Passionate and persuasive advocacy… a powerful musical personality, well served by some gripping interpretations. More please.” (Gramophone), works by Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir and the world premiere of a new violin piece for Mitchell by Errollyn Wallen, supported by the RVW Trust. Rebecca Clarke’s romantic piano trio of 1921, the birth year of Ruth Gipps (BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week March 2021), is juxtaposed with Helen Grime’s Miniatures of 2005, performed by her former Royal College of Music oboe teacher, John Anderson’s former student. The powerful Colloquy of 1960 by nonagenarian Thea Musgrave, winner of the 2020 South Bank Sky Arts Award, contrasts with the searing lyricism of Cheryl-Frances Hoad’s short piece of 1999.

This concert will be available to view on this page from 8pm on Monday 8th March through to 8pm on Thursday 8th April 2021. To view the premiere of the concert, simply return to this page on Monday 8th March.

Supported by The Ambache Trust

London Chamber Ensemble
Madeleine Mitchelldirector / violin
Joseph Spooner cello
Sophia Rahman piano
David Aspin viola
Gordon Mackay violin
Lynda Houghton double bass
Peter Cigleris clarinet & bass clarinet
Nancy Ruffer flute
Alec Harmon oboe
Bruce Nockles trumpet
Sophia Rahman piano
Ian Pace piano
Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio

Judith Weir: Atlantic Drift duo for 2 violins
Helen Grime: Miniatures for oboe & piano 2005
Judith Weir: The Bagpiper’s String Trio
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Invocation for cello & piano
Thea Musgrave: Colloquy (violin & piano)
Ruth Gipps: Prelude for bass clarinet
Errollyn Wallen: Sojourner Truth for
Madeleine Mitchell violin & piano World Premiere, supported by the RVW Trust
Grace Williams: Suite for Nine Instruments

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