Alasdair Nicolson's new work premiered by Academy of St Martin in the Fields

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A new piano concerto by our Artistic Director will received its premiere on Tue 14 March from the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Inon Barnatan alongside piano concertos by Mozart and Shostakovich.

The performance of Piano Concerto No.2, The Haunted Ebb, by Alasdair Nicolson in at Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon is the starting point of a tour by the orchestra to the United States.

“My Piano Concerto No.2, The Haunted Ebb takes its name from a collection of poems by Sorley MacLean, a poet who was, like me, from the Island of Skye. Time and again I am drawn back to the music of my island upbringing, and I have used some of the ancient songs and tunes from Skye as themes in this piano concerto,” Alasdair says.

“This is my first commission from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and for the Piano Concerto No.2 to receive its world premiere and be taken on a tour of the USA with their wonderful musicians and outstanding soloist Inon Barnatan, is a real honour and delight for me.”

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music.

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through its live performances and vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to 1985’s Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the orchestra quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound.

Today the Academy is led artistically by its Music Director, virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Each year it works with some of the most talented soloists and directors in the classical music scene, performing symphonic repertoire and ‘chamber music on a grand scale’ at prestigious venues throughout the world, whilst expanding its celebrated recording catalogue.

Barnatan is known for his compelling and insightful musicianship and elegant virtuosity. He has performed extensively with the world’s important orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, and he has worked with distinguished conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Pintscher, and Pinchas Zukerman.

The premiere took place at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Tuesday March 14 at 7.30pm. - - 01225 860100. Tickets cost £14 for children and pupils and £28 for adults.

The Academy are now on a tour to North America, including venues in Florida, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona and California.

For full details see the Academy of St Martin in the Fields website.


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