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Monday 28th March 2022
Hodges returns to the LPO to give UK premiere
Nicolas Hodges returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra this week to give the UK premiere of Rebecca Saunders’ to an utterance, under the baton of Edward Gardner, at the Royal Festival Hall.
Hodges gave the world premiere of the work last September at the Lucerne Festival, with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Enno Poppe. Subsequent performances have included at the Berlin Festival, also with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra and Enno Poppe, and at the Festival Milano Musica, at La Scala, with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and Michele Gamba.
The work has been widely praised by the press, with Richard Morrison at The Times stating: "Written for virtuoso pianist (the peerless Nicolas Hodges, another Germany-based Brit) and orchestra, it is also a violently theatrical half-hour, full of
abrasive shocks though also with skittish moments and, at the end, eerie passages that sound as if soloist and orchestra have floated into outer space. It’s uncompromising stuff yet I loved it."
For more information on this week’s performance, please click here: Visions and Utterances | The London Philharmonic Orchestra (lpo.org.uk)
Tuesday 25th January 2022
The Brodsky Quartet at 50!
Throughout 2022/23, the Brodsky Quartet will be celebrating their 50th anniversary: a major milestone in anyone’s life, of course, but a remarkable achievement for a string quartet that started when its original members were just 10 years old! One of those original members, Jacqueline Thomas (cello), has written the below couple of paragraphs, which will appear in programmes around the world as the celebrations begin. Here at CCM, we wish the Brodsky Quartet the happiest of birthdays, and look forward to helping them celebrate over the coming weeks and months! Here’s to the next decade or two!
The Brodsky Quartet is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, and we like to think we still look young enough for that to be almost unbelievable!
How has it been 50 years since we started this lifelong journey together? Looking back, I find it wonderful that 10- and 12-year olds we already infused with passion
and belief in the longevity that is now playing out. Two of us remain from the beginning, one joined as we turned professional 40 years ago, and our new fourth member has had her own similar path in the endlessly rewarding and fascinating life that is the String Quartet!
So many people have helped us along the way: from our parents, through teachers, agents, sponsors, record companies and promoters, we have a lot to be thankful for. Many concert halls worldwide have loyally supported all our projects - London's Kings Place to Sydney Opera House, too many to mention. From entire cycles of Schubert, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Zemlinsky, Bartok, to the more unusual things we've thrown at them; song cycles - with a Who's-Who line-up of collaborators - theatrical pieces, educational projects and grand spectacles. Like the 400-strong performance of Britten's Noye's Fludde at Wimbledon Festival, bringing back fond memories of our own childhood involvement back in Middlesbrough 1971, not long after the work was written. Crazy late-night marathons at our favourite summer school, Dartington, which we first visited as students in '74 then returned as professionals at least twenty times over the years. ANAM in Melbourne, where students rose to the challenge of our demanding Side-by-Side projects, to be repeated in Mexico, Holland, Scotland and, coming up this year, Dartington once more.
Delfina Entrecanales, Neil Rackham, Patrick Fahey are amongst the generous friends who have helped us along the way, sponsoring concerts, acquiring instruments, funding recordings. Marjon Koenekoop, Maria Angeles de Scals amongst the many agents who have put in tireless work on our behalf, culminating in our long-term soulmate and fifth member, the wonderful Sarah Trelawny Ford.
We still gain a huge amount of pleasure in the endlessly fascinating vocation we have made our lives' work. Rehearsals can delve with manic intensity into the minute detail of our craft, as much now as when we were young and finding our collective voice. The passion remains in our hearts and, we hope, will still manage to thrill our audiences as we set off on this anniversary season!
If you’d like to read more about the history of the Brodsky Quartet, you might be interested to note that Paul Cassidy’s latest book, Got Beethoven, which details his time in the group, is to be released at the end of February: Got Beethoven - Troubador Book Publishing
Monday 5th July 2021
Cambridge Creative Management and The Yehudi Menuhin School announce new external engagements partnership!
A new partnership between the international classical music agency Cambridge Creative Management (CCM) and the world-renowned Yehudi Menuhin School (YMS) will offer the school’s exceptionally talented pupils the opportunity to perform on the world’s major stages through a new approach to the school’s management of external engagements.
Founded in 1963 by the celebrated violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the specialist music school provides a place for musically gifted children from around the world to develop their talents to the highest level within a nurturing and stimulating academic environment. In the first relationship of its kind for the school, Cambridge Creative Management will act as agent to the school’s outstanding young musicians, seeking professional-level external engagements for them throughout the UK, Europe and around the globe. Building on the performance opportunities already on offer to the pupils at the world-renowned Menuhin Hall, CCM will endeavour to develop new partnerships and increase the number of external engagements for the 80 exceptional
exceptional pupils, aged from 11 to 19, giving them a heightened taster of the careers already forged by a remarkable list of alumni which includes Nicola Benedetti, Tasmin Little, Alina Ibragimova and Melvyn Tan. Initial performance projects will include developing the school’s orchestral touring programme, focusing on its biannual visit to the Gstaad Festival; increasing the visibility of the annual Leavers’ Concert through further performances of the programme on offer; collaborations with YMS Qingdao, due to open in September 2022; and exploring further ways to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary in 2023.
Ever forward-thinking in its approach, the school has recently announced a new collaboration with the London-based record label Orchid Classics, providing pupils with a further glimpse into the life of a professional artist. The school’s first album, due for release in 2022, will comprise performances by a selection of exceptional talents from the school’s international cohort.
Ashley Wass, Director of Music at The Yehudi Menuhin School, comments “I am delighted that CCM will be working with YMS to develop further concert opportunities for our wonderfully talented pupils. It goes without saying that performance is a key part of any young musician’s education, and this has been brought into sharp focus during the pandemic, when playing before the public has become such a rarity. YMS is undergoing a period of exciting change as we set about diversifying our pupils’ education such that every child who studies here leaves fully prepared for life as a 21st Century musician, and we see it as vitally important that the work we do is accessible to all. The partnership with CCM will help ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to perform for new audiences, encounter different cultures, get a taste of life as a touring musician and gain experience which will serve to be of great value in their future careers.”
Director of Cambridge Creative Management, Sarah Trelawny Ford, welcomes the new collaboration as an exciting development in the short life of the agency so far. “CCM was born out of a loyalty and dedication to artists and classical music during an exceptionally difficult year for many in the industry,” she says. “It’s an absolute honour to be asked to work with some of the world’s finest young musicians, securing a future for this incredibly important performance medium, and I am personally so excited to be working with those at the beginning of their careers. It feels a real privilege to be a part of the start of the creative process.”
Monday 14th June 2021
Danish Radio debut for Sofi Jeannin!
This week sees conductor Sofi Jeannin making her debut with the Danish Radio Vokal Ensemblet at the DR Konserthuset in Copenhagen.
Joining the choir for a programme entitled ‘A Nordic Summer’, Sofi will conduct a gloriously seasonal programme to include works by Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, and Hugo Alfvén, and more recent tones by Swedish-born Anders Hillborg and Karin Rehnqvist. Sofi will give two concerts with the choir at the Trinitatis Church, Copenhagen, as part of her debut project with the group.
To find out more about the choir and programme, click HERE.
On her return from Copenhagen, Sofi re-joins the BBC Singers in preparation for their Prom together on the 19th August at the Royal Albert Hall. For this Prom, experimental composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki joins forces with Sofi and the
Singers for a choral playlist colliding the Renaissance with the present day. Works by Hildegard of Bingen, Byrd and Josquin are woven into a continuous musical sequence with pieces by Stravinsky, Feshareki, Nico Muhly and Roderick Williams. Old and new, acoustic and electronic, sacred and secular come together in this musical kaleidoscope.
For more information on the performance, and ticket prices and availability, click HERE.
Friday 4th June 2021
Brodsky Quartet new CD release!
We are very excited to announce that the Brodsky Quartet have released a new album on Chandos, Homage to Bach, a phenomenal disc comprising the premier recordings of Bach’s three violin sonatas (1720) arranged by Paul Cassidy.
“When I was about 14 years old and just getting properly hooked on classical music, I encountered for the first time, a bonafide musician – someone who actually made a living from playing the violin. He gave me his copy of Bach’s E Major Partita with the words: “There’s enough in there to keep you going a lifetime!”
And do you know what, he was right. I still have that music though I have since gone out and bought myself the complete set of Bach’s Six Solos for Violin. Indeed, not a day goes by that I don’t delve into their glorious depths.
For many years now, I’ve been harbouring the notion of arranging the 3 Sonatas for
string quartet, intrigued by the thought of filling out those bars and allowing them to unfold without the constant pressure of intense technical demands. Never seeming to have the time to undertake this challenge, the damned virus came to my aid. And so, towards the end of March 2020, I began my attempt at writing nearly 70 minutes of Bach. Despite being locked-down with my family, I don’t think they saw me for the next few months; once I’d embarked upon this crazy journey it became all-encompassing, frazzling my mind day and night. It was an incredible education though – hunting down renegade consecutive fifths and octaves, working and reworking chords till I felt I had the correct inversion etc. – trying as much as possible to compose Bach and not Vivaldi, Purcell or even Mendelssohn!
Then came learning the new arrangements with my patient and adorable colleagues and finally, committing them to disc – the whole process taking ten months to realise. Now, with the CD available, and life slowly adjusting to COVID-19, we can look forward to playing them in public; it’s like suddenly finding three new works by Bach… Happy Days.” – Paul Cassidy
To purchase a copy of the CD, click HERE.
Monday 22nd February 2021
Brodsky Quartet Announcement
Gina McCormack has reluctantly decided to leave the Brodsky Quartet for family reasons. Her husband, Leif, is suffering from MND (Motor Neurone Disease) and she feels she cannot commit to the Quartet’s busy schedule when concerts start again.
"Our time together as a quartet was sadly far too short, but I leave with enough fabulous musical and culinary memories to last me a lifetime!"
The other members of the Quartet comment:
“We are immensely sad to be losing Gina. She and Leif will remain at the forefront of our thoughts as they strive to negotiate his illness.
“Our short time together was hugely productive, rewarding and immensely fun. Gina has left us with many memories and we shall miss her enormously.
“The current performance restrictions however, have allowed us the opportunity to consider our future without Gina. We three have decided to continue working together and are relieved and thrilled to have found a new colleague; the wonderful Krysia Osostowicz.
“Krysia has spent her professional life immersed in chamber music, including 25 years with the Dante String Quartet. Having known each other since student days, our similar journeys have converged with serendipity at this new phase in the Brodsky Quartet’s life as we approach our 50th anniversary season. Welcome Krysia.”
Thursday 21st January 2021
Hodges in Basel & Helsinki
Pianist Nicolas Hodges is in Basel this week performing alongside the Basel Sinfonietta. Conducted by Ilan Volkov, Hodges is giving the world premiere of Christian Wolff’s Mountain Messengers with further repertoire on the programme to include Tania León’s Ácana and Linda Catlin Smith’s Memory Forms. Due to the current circumstances, the concert will be performed without an audience, however it will be broadcast online via video livestream thanks to Radio SRF 2 Kultur at 7pm CET on Sunday 24th January.
In the first week of February, Hodges is also travelling to Helsinki to perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Piano Concerto alongside the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by André de Ridder, the performance also features Edgar Varèse’s Deserts and Four Tributes to 4am by Anna Meredith. Although it is
unlikely that the performance will be able to go ahead with an audience, it will be livestreamed online via the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s website, areena.yle.fi, as well as through their app services at 19:00 EET on Thursday 4th February.
For more information about the concert in Basel, click HERE.
For more information about the concert in Helsinki, click HERE.
Wednesday 2nd December 2020
CCM at St John’s Smith Square!
© St John's Smith Square
CCM is delighted that several of our artists are performing at St John’s Smith Square’s 35th Christmas Festival.
This Friday, 4th December, pianist Martin Roscoe is performing a recital for advent alongside contralto Jess Dandy. Featuring a programme packed with works by a number of different composers, including Britten, Rodrigo, Ravel and Poulenc to name a few, their performance takes place at 7.30pm, and will also be available to stream online on Sunday 13th December at 7.30pm.
This December also sees a performance of the Brodsky Quartet at St John’s Smith Square, who are performing Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 ‘Dissonance’ followed by Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op.80, in a concert titled ‘From the Darkness Comes Light’. The Quartet’s performances take place at 3pm and 6pm on Sunday 20th December, with the latter performance of the two available to be streamed live on the day.
As we edge even closer to Christmas, conductor Stephen Layton is directing a performance of vocal ensemble Polyphony for a seasonal a cappella celebration of English Christmas music. Taking place at 3pm and 6pm on Tuesday 22nd December, the concerts feature works throughout the ages, from medieval plainchant up until the present day, with the second performance available to watch live online.
For more information and links to the online performances, please see the St John’s Smith Square website HERE.
Monday 23rd November 2020
Roscoe CD wins Limelight Magazine ‘Chamber Recording of the Year’!
Pianist Martin Roscoe has won Limelight Magazine’s ‘Chamber Recording of the Year’ for his recording alongside violinist Jennifer Pike released in July 2020 on Chandos. The duo were praised by the magazine for their original violin and piano version of The Lark Ascending as well as their pairing of the under-recorded violin sonatas by Elgar and Vaughan Williams.
“A benchmark recording of the two sonatas by Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin is highly expressive, but Yehudi’s intonation is neither as secure nor his tone as pure as Pike’s, while Roscoe is the more imaginative pianist. This new recording is a must.”
For more information on the award, please click HERE.
Friday 6th November 2020
CCM artists have had a busy start to the new season with several managing to head abroad and around the UK for concerts.
Pianist Martin Roscoe enjoyed a busy October, performing in several venues across the UK with Tai Murray, Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike and Fenella Humphreys at venues including Snape Maltings, Stoller Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and Beverley Chamber Music Festival. Martin appeared alongside Tasmin Little on BBC Radio 3 as part of Tasmin’s farewell concert, which is still available to listen to HERE and certainly not one to be missed! Martin has also been doing some small scale recordings with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra which we cannot wait to hear.
On Monday 2nd November, CCM had not only one, but two artists on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme with Katie Derham! The Brodsky Quartet performed live in the
studio ahead of their recent concerts at King’s Place and later in the programme pianist Nicolas Hodges phoned in to talk about his new album A Bag of Bagatelles released on 6th November, which includes works by Beethoven and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. If you missed the programme live, it is still available to listen to HERE.
Nicolas Hodges recently returned from Norway where he performed Simon Steen-Andersen’s Piano Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic and conductor Edward Gardner, following which next week he will be performing Philippe Manoury’s Passacaille pour Tokyo for piano and ensemble in Porto’s Casa da Música alongside the Remix Ensemble and conductor Peter Rundel.
Whilst it’s a difficult time for the music industry at the moment, promoters and venues have been doing everything they can to ensure that we are able to continue to enjoy performances, and we are all exceptionally grateful to them and the artists for keeping us entertained.
Wednesday 21st October 2020
Brodsky Quartet return to the stage!
The 31st October sees the Brodsky Quartet return to Kings Place, where they are Artistic Associate, to begin the completion of their late Beethoven cycle which they began in early 2020. On Saturday 31st, the quartet will give three performances of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 135, followed by the Grosse Fugue Op. 133, and interspersed by Mendelssohn’s Fugue from Four Pieces, Op. 81. The three performances will take place at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm, with the 4pm concert being live-streamed on the Kings Place website.
On 6th November, the Brodsky Quartet will complete the cycle with two performances of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in Bb, Op. 130 coupled with Purcell’s Chaconne in G minor. These performances will take place at 6pm and 8pm, and there are a number of tickets still available for the later performance – please click HERE for more information on how to book.
The quartet’s final Kings Place project of the year will be a performance of Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge with the tenor Daniel Norman and pianist Sholto Kynoch. The concert will include the award-winning accompanying shadow-play film, produced by the puppeteer Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood who will live edit the film during the performance. You can find out more about this very special event, part of Nature Unwrapped at Kings Place, HERE.
Thursday 15th October 2020
Hodges in Bergen & Berlin
Pianist Nicolas Hodges is in Bergen this week for performances with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Edward Gardner, Nicolas is performing the Norwegian premiere of Simon Steen-Andersen’s Piano Concerto at Bergen’s Grieghallen on Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October. The concerts begin with a fitting talk by brain scientist and bestselling author Professor Stefan Kölsch named “What happens in our brains and our bodies when music surprises us?”, followed by the concerto and conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
There will be a livestream of Thursday’s concert HERE on 15th October at 19:25 CEST (18:25 BST), which will also be available to watch until Sunday 18th October.
Following this, Nicolas is heading to Berlin for a concert alongside pianist Michael Wendeberg at the Pierre Boulez Saal, featuring a programme of works by Debussy, Boulez and Ravel. To find out more about Nicolas’ concert in Berlin, please click HERE.
Saturday 10th October 2020
MBE for Stephen Layton
Cambridge Creative Management is delighted to announce that the conductor Stephen Layton has been awarded an MBE for services to classical music.
Layton is often described as the finest exponent of choral music in the world today, and his groundbreaking approach has had a profound influence on choral music over the past 30 years. He is regularly invited to work with the world’s leading choirs, orchestras and composers. His interpretations have been heard from the Sydney Opera House to the Concertgebouw, from Tallinn to São Paolo, and his recordings have won or been nominated for every major international recording award. Layton has two Gramophone Awards (and a further ten nominations), five Grammy nominations, the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in France, the Echo Klassik award in Germany, the Spanish CD compact award, and the Limelight Recording of the Year in Australia.
Founder and Director of Polyphony, Layton is also Fellow and Director of Music at Trinity College Cambridge and Music Director of Holst Singers. His former posts include Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Chief Guest Conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia, and Director of Music at the Temple Church in London.