London events. Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival is back

London events. Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival is back
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London events. Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival is back. November 2013. If you have the chance, don’t miss this great event, Yareah magazine friends.


London events. Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival is back

Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival is back. Following last year’s successful pilot, London’s local new music festival offers no less than 17 premières – brand spanking-new pieces specially written for us and for you, which you won’t be able to hear anywhere else. Focussed around themes of the past and the present, the piano and the voice, our events encompass solo piano, string quartet, voice and choir and spoken-word, in the inspiring and vibrant settings of St Mary’s Church and Ryan’s bar. Headline artists Stephen Gutman and Elena Riu are both international pianists at the top of their game – hear them unleash their contemporary-music expertise on programmes mashing up the old and the new. Adventurous young ensemble Ishirini bring a feast of the new to the table – a selection box showcasing their eclectic new music and commissioning programme. A string quartet bring a packed programme of premières linked to the bicentenary of French maître Charles Alkan to your ears, plus absolute classics by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, John Adams, Benjamin Britten, Kurt Schwitters and more.

Friday 1st November 2013.

7.30pm Stephen Gutman, piano recital.

St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES.

An outcome of a highly-praised project developed over a number of years, and encompassing recording, publication and performance, this event intersperses keyboard works by Rameau with contemporary classics.

Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1784) – Nouvelle Suite in G.

John Cage (1912-1992) – The Seasons.

John Adams (b. 1947) – China Gates.

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) – Holiday Diary.

Eric Satie (1866-1925) – 2 Nocturnes.

Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012) – Vers.

Saturday 2nd November 2013.

1pm Alkan String Quartet project.

World premières of miniatures based on a fragment of a string quartet by Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) in the collection of the British Library – specially written by a wide range of contemporary composers, including a new work by Michael Finnissy.

Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) – Fragment for string quartet.

Richard Lannoy – Alkan Project (2013)*.

Alex Nikiporenko – Kaftan Mangler*.

Alison Beckett – Again*

Susie Self – Alkan Five*.

Neil Luck – Clubb*.

Adam de la Cour – Fragment*.

Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis -11 transformations on Alkan*.

Gina Fergione – Alalkan*.

Lisa Reim – Seedlings*.

Gabriel Keen – Short piece for string quartet inspired by a fragment by Alkan*.

Matthew Lee Knowles – After one hundred and fifty notes by Alkan*.

Joshua Kaye – Better Late*.

Michael Finnissy – Mad Men in the Sand*.

Andy Ingamells – Double Quartet*.

4pm Young People’s Concert.

A free event featuring local instrumental students playing contemporary pieces.

7.30pm Elena Riu, piano recital ‘Inventions’.

Elena Riu’s ‘Inventions’ is a creative curatorial project which sparks new connections between Bach and contemporary composers who have conceived works informed by his examples.Composed as teaching material, Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias were amongst his most popular works. With this collection Elena has gathered a selection of pieces which distil new material out of the old: Bach’s ideas are reformulated using different parameters, styles and musical languages by a host of twentieth and twenty-first century composers.

Federico Mompou (1893-1987) – From Charmes:

– Pour penetrer les ames.

– Pour inspirer l’amour.

– Pour appeler la joie.

Diana Arismendi (b. 1962) – Invencion No 1.

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Sinfonia No 5 in E flat.

Diana Arismendi – Invencion No 2.

J.S. Bach – Sinfonia No 6 in E.

Diana Arismendi – Invencion No 3.

J.S. Bach – Invention No 4 in D minor.

Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931) – Invention.

Huw Watkins (b. 1976) – Invention IV.

J.S. Bach – Invention No 1 in C.

Henry Cowell (1897-1965) – Two-part Invention in three parts.

J.S. Bach – Invention No 10 in G.

Douglas Finch – Invention.

J.S. Bach – Invention No 9 in F minor.

Alfredo Rugeles (b.1949) – Invencion.

Lola Perrin (b.1958) – Poet Reflecting.

J.S. Bach – Invention in B flat.

Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932) – Two part Invention.

Peter Sculthorpe (b. 1929) – Night Pieces.

Federico Mompou – Prelude No 7 : Palmier d’Etoiles.

Sunday 3rd November 2013. 

1pm Lunchtime Concert –

Gabriel Keen, Matthew Lee Knowles, Christopher Scobie, piano.

A concert featuring works for piano solo and duet from the Anglo-American experimental tradition alongside a new work in the unusual genre of concerto for solo piano.

Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) – February Piece II.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987) – Intermission 6.

Laurence Crane (b. 1961) – Piano Duets.

Brian Inglis (b. 1969) – Concerto for solo piano (Homage to Alkan)*.

3.30pm Ishirini/Gina Fergione.

Innovative chamber choir Ishirini comprise a group of adventurous choral singers. As well as international tours to Tanzania, India and Jordan, they have been consistently active in commissioning new work since their formation on 2009. This concert brings together some of these commissions with contemporary works by more established composers in their repertoire.

Mezzo-soprano Gina Fergione presents a programme of works featuring the solo voice with a range of different accompaniments.


Diana Burrell (b. 1948) – Ave Verum Corpus.

John Cage (1912-1992) – Four2.

Anon – Netherbury manuscript.

Brian Inglis (b. 1969) – Verbum Bonum et Suave.

Owen Leech (b. 1971) – The Lily of Heaven.

Benjamin Finn – Nunc Dimittis.

Edwin Hillier (b. 1988) – εκ βαθέων* (Ek batheōn).

Howard Skempton (b. 1947) – He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

Gina Fergione.

John Cage – The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs.

John Cage – A Flower.

Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947) – But Stars Remaining.

Christopher Scobie (b. 1983) – Amo*.

Lisa Reim – Quid Sum Miser.

8pm Spoken Word Event:

Adam de la Cour and Matthew Lee Knowles.

Ryan’s Bar, 181 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0UL.

The culminating event takes place in the more informal surroundings of Ryan’s Bar. This performance by Matthew Lee Knowles and Adam de la Cour presents John Cage’s classic spoken-word piece Lecture on Nothing, paired with its older predecessor, Kurt Schwitters’ seminal Ursonate. Interspersed with classical DJ-ing from Richard Lannoy.

John Cage – Lecture on Nothing.

Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) – Ursonate.


TICKETS: Friday, Saturday 7.30 pm: £10 (£8 concessions).

Young students’ concert: by donation.

All other events: £5 (£4).

Weekend tickets: £30 (£25).

Info/bookings: 07931 258678.

All events at St Mary’s Church, except the Spoken Word Event, which will be at Ryan’s Bar.


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