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Planning the music of Holy Week

Matthew Schellhorn writes about his work planning for Holy Week with vocal ensemble Cantus Magnus.

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Matthew Schellhorn clothed as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians

Matthew Schellhorn has been clothed as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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During an historic ceremony on 5th April 2017 at Mercers’ Hall in the City of London, Matthew Schellhorn was clothed with the Livery of the Company by the Clerk, Hugh Lloyd, after which the Master, Alderman Sir Roger Gifford, invested Matthew with the Badge of the Company and extended the customary "right hand of fellowship". Matthew was then formally presented to the
Senior Warden, Lady Brewer OBE, and the Junior Warden, Michael Lewin, and then the remaining members of the Court of Assistants.

With its roots in an ancient mediaeval graft guild in the City of London, the Musicians' Company is the only Livery Company devoted specifically to the performing arts and is committed to rewarding excellence in many areas of music; for example, in composition, singing, instrumental music, jazz, brass bands, popular music and in the Services. Honorary Freemen include HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duchess of Kent, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Dame Cleo Laine, Dame Janet Baker and Dame Gillian Weir.

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Matthew Schellhorn signs International Declaration on Sacred Music

Matthew Schellhorn is one of the signatories to a high-profile declaration on the intrinsic value of Sacred Music.

This declaration, signed by over 200 musicians, pastors, and scholars from around the world and published in six languages (English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German), argues for the continued relevance and importance of traditional sacred music and critiques the numerous serious deviations from it that have plagued the Catholic Church for the past half-century.

Other signatories include Sir James MacMillan C.B.E. (composer and conductor), Peter Phillips (Founder and Director of the Tallis Scholars), Colin Mawby, K.S.G. (Liturgical Composer and Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral 1961–1977) and Dr. Joseph Shaw (Senior Research Fellow, St Benet’s Hall, Oxford University, and Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England & Wales).

Read the full text of the International Declaration here.

Forthcoming solo recital in Belfast

Matthew Schellhorn's forthcoming recital in Belfast includes music by Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel and Ian Wilson.

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World Premiere of new work by Ian Wilson

Matthew Schellhorn is to premiere a new work by Ian Wilson in a forthcoming concert for Brunel Arts on Friday 20th January 2017.

A Sonata of Solstices and Equinoxes marks a return to writing for the solo piano for the first time in seven years by Ian Wilson: the result is a four-movement piano sonata (25 minutes total) that engages with themes of recurrence, time (both ‘passing’ and ‘distant’) and musical culture as found object. In exploring these themes, a number of different musical/cultural ethoses will be referenced, including elements of indigenous musics from North Africa, India and Ireland.

Wilson has written a number of significant works for Schellhorn over a ten-year period, including the acclaimed monumental solo cycle Stations (2006–7, 75′) and the piano concerto Flags and Emblems (2012, 18′). Schellhorn has also premiered a number of Wilson’s other works, including most recently (January 2016) the piano concerto Mutazione (2003, 18′) with the Ulster Orchestra, which was later broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The programme will also feature Robert Percy’s Chopsticks along with Colin Riley’s As the Tender Twilight Covers, which Schellhorn has recently recorded for nmc (due for release later this year).

Full details: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/brunelarts/concerts-and-performances/concerts-and-performances/lunchtime-concerts

Matthew Schellhorn and heraldry

Matthew Schellhorn has been examining the archives of the College of Arms and considering the armorial bearings of The Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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Election to the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge

With effect from 1st October 2016, Matthew Schellhorn has been elected to the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.

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New article on John Rastell for the Catholic Herald

Matthew Schellhorn's latest contribution to the Catholic Herald has been published today.

He explores St Thomas More's brother-in-law and his remarkable contribution to the history of Sacred Music.

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Glowing review for Wigmore recital

Festive Sparkle
A concert to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of composer Joseph Horovitz, reviewed by MALCOLM MILLER
There was festive sparkle in the air at the climax of the Park Lane Group's Wigmore Hall concert on 13 June 2016 to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of composer Joseph Horovitz, with the resonant glow of soprano Susanna Fairbairn's resilient lyricism soaring above a rousing audience rendition of 'Happy Birthday' with the composer on the concert platform. The celebratory mood was apt following a superb recital as part of the PLG's own sixtieth anniversary in which Susanna Fairbairn, expertly partnered by Matthew Schellhorn, offered a welcome chance to appreciate a selection of Horovitz's music for solo voice in context; the quality of their performances augurs well for a recording by the artists, which one hopes may follow in the near future.

Forthcoming Wigmore Hall recital

Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Wigmore Hall this month partnering award-winning soprano Susanna Fairbairn.


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The recital, part of the Park Lane Group 2015/16 series, will include works by Debussy and Fauré and will also celebrate the 90th birthday of Joseph Horovitz who will be present.

Tickets are available from Wigmore Hall at https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/the-monday-platform-201606131930

Full programme details:

Claude Debussy (1862–1918) †
Ariettes oubliées

Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) †
3 Mélodies Op. 7
No. 1 Après un rêve

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) *
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major Op. 2 No. 3

Robert Schumann (1810–1856) *
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 22

Joseph Horovitz (b.1926) †
Lady Macbeth - a Scena
Zum 11. März (For 11th March)
The Garden of Love
Foie-gras

Performers:
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano) †
Matthew Schellhorn (piano) †
Dominic Degavino (piano) *
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