Monday 9 September 2013

Audience vote at heart of Bath Philharmonia composition competition

Bath Philharmonia
The centrepiece of Bath Philharmonia's Young Apollo Festival will be a concert on October 12 at Bath Abbey at which the orchestra, conducted by Jason Thornton, will play the three finalists in the orchestra's composition competition. Selected from over seventy international applicants of all ages by Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Joe Duddell, works by Alberto Schiavo (Italy), Nicola Strafellini (Italy) and Bertie Baigent (UK) will be performed, but the results will be judged by audience vote. The winning composition, voted for in a secret ballot, will be published by Schott Music Ltd as part of the prize. 

The festival, which runs from 11 to 13 October, celebrates the music of Benjamin Britten. Britten's Young Apollo will be played at the concert on 12 October, surrounding events include cellist Tim McHugh playing Britten's Cello Suite No.1 (11/10), the Melody Makers performing Britten's Friday Afternoons (12/10), a masterclass with distinguished baritone John Shirley Quirk and performances of Britten's Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings and St Nicholas with Adam Sullivan and Bath Spa University Chorus.

The theme of working with Britten runs through the festival, renowned cellist Bruno Schrecker will be talking on the subject of working with Britten as will George Odam, who is one of the first Hesse students at the Aldeburgh festival in 1961, and baritone John Shirley-Quirk, created roles in all Britten’s last five operas, including Death in Venice.

Bath Philharmonia is a professional orchestra founded 12 years ago. For the competition and Festival the orchestra were awarded their first ever grant from the Arts Council England / National Lottery.

Further information on the Young Apollo Festival from the Bath Spa University website.
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