Messiaen РLa Nativité / CD review

With this year being the 100th anniversary of Messiaen’s birth, there’s lot of Messiaen in the air, and one of the most interesting things I’ve been asked to do recently is present Radio 3’s CD Review ‘Building a Library’ feature on the first and (in my opinion) the greatest of Messiaen’s organ cycles, La Nativit√© de notre Seigneur. The programme will be broadcast on Saturday 31st May, and can also be heard on the Radio 3 website for the following week, using ‘Listen Again’.

BBC singers – concert details

I’ve now got the full details for the BBC singers concert mentioned in my last post, about my Emily Dickinson piece – it’s on Wednesday 25th July at 6pm, will last about an hour.
Tickets are free, and can be reserved in advance, by phone or online. Click here for full details. The programme consists entirely of new pieces written for the occasion, by Phil Venables, Elizabeth Winters, Anthony Bailey, Evangelia Rigaki, Oliver Waespi and myself.

Hear and Now

Rolf Hind’s Wigmore Hall concert with the Duke Quartet, based around his piece Eye of Fire, is being broadcast tomorrow – Saturday 3rd February – on Hear and Now (Radio 3, 11pm), where it’s introduced by Rolf talking with Sarah Mohr-Pietsch. It includes his performance of my piano piece The Will of the Tones, and can also be heard as a webcast any time during the following week (up til 11pm on Saturday 10th) – click here for the link. It’s a really fascinating programme, very well played, so it’s well worth a listen.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

BBC Philharmonic / Search Engines

Next month the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by James Macmillan, will be performing and recording my orchestral piece Search Engines in an invitation concert in New Broadcasting House, Manchester, at 7.30 on Friday 23rd February. There are three other new pieces being played too – I’ll post up the composers and titles as soon as I get more details, and also information on how to get tickets, for anyone in the Manchester area.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

Will of the Tones: Wigmore Hall BBC broadcast

I’ve just heard that Rolf Hind’s performance of my piece The Will of the Tones at the Wigmore Hall this Tuesday (5th December) is going to be recorded by the BBC and broadcast early next year on Radio 3. When I have the date for the broadcast I’ll post it up. My piece is being played as part of a programme called ‘Eye of Fire’, which includes music by Alfred Schnittke, Phil Venables, Naomi Pinnock, Shiori Usui and Rolf Hind, played by Rolf and the Duke Quartet, and after their appearance at the Wigmore they’re going on to play the same programme in Edinburgh and Cardiff. For full details of the tour, see the earlier news post on this site titled ‘Rolf Hind’.

Rolf will also be appearing on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ on Monday 4th, to talk about the concert.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow