To create an album of world premiere recordings of recent violin works by 7 established British composers on the Divine Art label, performed by Madeleine Mitchell with orchestra, piano and second violin.
5 of the works were written for and premiered by Madeleine Mitchell and the other 2 works, performed widely by MM, have also not been recorded before. The works are linked by lyricism in a range of styles, making a rich, appealing collection of a generous 77 minutes of music. The album is to be released in October.
To quote one of the composers: “My two-violin album Atlantic Drift is one of my favourites out of my own compositions, summing up many years of work with several very close colleagues. Music on this small scale has practical importance - it is new music that can be more easily programmed and played. It’s therefore particularly valuable to have it on disc, as a signpost to future performances. Madeleine Mitchell’s central position as an advocate of new violin music makes her the ideal performer to undertake this survey of recent work by UK composers”. Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen's Music
Personal statement: "I've been working on this project for a considerable time, assembling a fine new collection. It is very difficult to find funding for recording, however worthwhile it is. It includes the costs of recording - the venue, piano, producer/engineer, editing, pressing 1000 CDs and booklet, marketing, distribution and my fellow artists' expenses. For example, £180 pays for the piano at the recording. I should emphasise that I am donating to the project and will make nothing out of it save for the huge satisfaction of having put down a permanent record of a fine collection of pieces I've premiered and performed widely with great colleagues. The recordings will be available in all digital formats as well. I'm delighted to have worked with all the composers featured." Madeleine Mitchell, May 2017
Music for the Album: * written for MM
*Sadie Harrison - Aurea Luce violin & piano [premiered MM at St Peter's, Shaftesbury] 9'
*Michael Nyman - Taking it as Read violin & piano [premiered MM at The Red Violin festival, Wales Millennium Centre] 4'
*Geoffrey Poole - Rhapsody violin & piano [premiered MM with Stroud Symphony Orchestra, performed several times with the composer as pianist including St George's, Bristol] 11'
*David Matthews - Romanza violin & piano[premiered MM at William Alwyn and Sound (Scotland) Festivals, with Nigel Clayton for violin & piano version and BBC Radio 3 In Tune] released as World Premiere digital single prelude to album: http://www.divineartrecords.com/CD/29005info.htm to be re-mastered for album 12'
*Guto Puw - Violin Concerto Soft Stillness, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - recording licensed by BBC for this album, subject to fee [premiered MM Bangor New Music Festival, Orchestra of The Swan] 20'
Judith Weir - Atlantic Drift violin duos [performed by MM live on BBC Radio 3 and at Dartington] 11'
Michael Berkeley - Veilleuse (Night Watch) violin & piano[performed in MM's 'Nocturne' programme for National Poetry Day, Little Venice and Barnes Music Festivals] 10'
Joining Madeleine Mitchell are fine colleagues: pianist Nigel Clayton and violinist Cerys Jones (a successful former post-graduate student of Madeleine's at the Royal College of Music).
The artists will be working with the same producer, David Lefeber, as for Madeleine's 2 previous contemporary albums, both receiving 5 star reviews in BBC Music Magazine and nominated for BBC Music Awards.
There will be a launch concert and reception and the album will be promoted widely by Divine Art and PR and in performance by MM on international tours including the USA and the UK, with educational work - lecture recitals at universities and music colleges combined with workshops. The violin duos are possible to perform with students which opens up further potential.
All donations, however small, are hugely appreciated