Little Venice Music Festival 2018 Festival Commission
We aim to commission and present a brand new work for solo guitar and chamber ensemble, to be premiered on Thursday 4 October, the opening night of the Little Venice Music Festival 2018, by soloist Laura Snowden and the Berkeley Ensemble. Composed by Tim Watts, the work will be conceived as a companion piece to Malcolm Arnold's Guitar Concerto (chamber version) using the same forces (flute, clarinet, horn and string quintet), making an interesting and welcome addition to the repertoire for mixed chamber ensemble.
The Little Venice Music Festival is a chamber music festival based in the heart of Little Venice, London. Established in 2002 by a team of volunteers, the curation and management of the festival was passed to the Berkeley Ensemble in 2016. The ensemble, known for championing unfairly-neglected works (often by British composers), and performance of new music, wish to build on the existing success of the festival, and aim to bring varied chamber music - old, new and everything in between - to both the Little Venice community and music lover's across the capital alike.
About the Composer
Tim Watts combines careers as composer, pianist and teacher, and lives in Downham Market, Norfolk. His music has been performed across the UK in venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, the King’s Head Theatre and Ely Cathedral, as well as internationally in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Tim studied composition with Jeffery Wilson, Hugh Wood and Robin Holloway. He is a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and also teaches at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music.
About the Soloist
Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden was the first guitarist to graduate from the world-renowned Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by a donation from the Rolling Stones. She was featured on the front cover of Classical Guitar Magazine Fall 2016 with an in-depth article describing her as “linking guitar’s past, present and future”. Whilst studying at the Royal College of Music, she was selected for the Tillett Trust, St John’s Smith Square, International Guitar Foundation, Worshipful Company of Musicians and ‘Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green’ young artist schemes, and was invited by guitarist John Williams to perform at Shakespeare’s Globe with her folk ensemble Tir Eolas.
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