I’m delighted to announce that I have been commissioned to write a double concerto for BCMG soloists Alexandra Wood (violin) and Kyle Horch (saxophone) and the Birmingham based contemporary music group Thumb. This is a great honour for me as I have a deep personal and musical respect for both soloists having worked with them closely during my tenure as BCMG/SAM apprentice composer in residence. Thumb are an ensemble that I have a lot of admiration for, having gotten to know them from Birmingham Conservatoire. They are an immensely talented bunch of musicians with a lot of energy and dedication to new music with an extremely passionate conductor at the helm and I’m really looking forward to working with them on this new piece. Rather than treating this piece in a traditional concerto context, I’m looking to treat it as a kind of trio for violin, saxophone and ensemble with some oblique references to the 17th Century minuet which will hopefully yield some exciting results!
The premier of this new piece will follow BCMG’s Sunday 10th March 2013 concert featuring the exciting music of BCMG’s current apprentice composer in residence Joanna Lee
Full details available here
Some more information about this commission can be found here