The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London included the first performance of a specially composed anthem by James MacMillan, Who shall separate us? The Choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal sang the choral work at the end of the service, conducted by James O’Donnell.
In October, Magnus Lindberg unveils his third piano concerto, premiered by soloist Yuja Wang, the San Francisco Symphony, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Wang tours the concerto to Toronto, New York, Paris, Hamburg, and Rome throughout the fall and spring.
Across the long lifetime of Queen Elizabeth II, many composers were commissioned, honoured and supported by the Royal Family. At a time of UK mourning and commemoration for Her Majesty we recall works woven into the nation’s historical and musical fabric.
Lindberg discusses his new piano concerto, written for soloist Yuja Wang who premieres the work in San Francisco in October, then tours it to Toronto, New York, Paris, Hamburg, and Rome. The composer details his deep-rooted love for the instrument, as well as his Faulkner-like approach to layering simultaneous musical narratives in this epic concerto that he describes as “composing itself.”
One World, Karl Jenkins’s most recent large-scale work for voices and orchestra, will be premiered in June 2023 and released on a new recording by Decca Records. The Stay At Home Choir has issued a call for singers to sign up to rehearse and record two movements of the new recording during September 2022.
The first comprehensive study of the late music of one of the most influential composers of the last half century, Elliott Carter’s Late Music by John Link places the composer’s music from 1995 to 2012 in the broader context of post-war contemporary concert music.
This September and October, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs three recent orchestral works by Gabriela Ortiz at Disney Hall as part of its Pan-American Music Initiative, then embarks on a multi-city tour featuring Ortiz's music, with performances in Boston, New York, Mexico City, and Guanajuato.
As the concluding event of Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS returns 51 years after its world premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra, conductor James Gaffigan, 2020 Marian Anderson Award winner Will Liverman as the Celebrant, and directed by Alison Moritz.
The aqueous, eroding environment of Venice provides the perfect launch city for Michel van der Aa’s new chamber music theatre work on 19 September. The Book of Water features actors Samuel West and Timothy West, soprano Mary Bevan and a string quartet from Ensemble Modern.
Following the merging of Sikorski with Boosey & Hawkes, Serge Prokofieff’s music is now represented over combined territories. New joint brochures for the composer signal the close collaboration going forward, exploring his operas, ballets and concert works.
Boosey & Hawkes welcomes Ondrej Adámek among its house composers with a new publishing agreement covering future and previously unpublished works. The collaboration is launched with the world premiere of Whence Comes the Voice? by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on 4 September, conducted by the composer.