Recent chamber collaborations

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Matthew recently collaborated with new music specialists Ossian Ensemble in two festival appearances.



At the Sounds New Festival in Canterbury the Ossians played works by Jonathan Harvey, Bent Sørensen, Anne Boyd, Messiaen, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The concert also included the world premieres of Eden by Darren Bloom, and of Isochronous by Patrick Nunn, which Matthew performed with percussionist Sarah Cresswell.

The group also performed in a sell-out event in the newly established Kew Music Festival, performing the 20th-century masterpiece Eight Songs for a Mad King by the ensemble's Honorary Patron, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The baritone was Kelvin Thomas. The event included a drinks reception, a private access-all-areas tour of the Palace and a talk by historian David Blomfield MBE. Festival Director Spencer Down wrote: 'A fantastic performance ... We feel very privileged to have you perform at our first festival.’

Cambridge Music Festival 2009

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Newly commissioned set of piano miniatures Homage to Haydn received its world premiere recently in the 2009 Cambridge Music Festival.



On Thursday 12 November, six pieces by different composers were performed to an enthusiastic audience in Robinson College Chapel.

Homage to Haydn is a set of six miniatures commissioned by pianist Matthew Schellhorn for the 2009 Cambridge Festival. The idea came from the project undertaken a hundred years ago for the Haydn Centenary by Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, d’Indy, Hahn and Widor, each of whom wrote a miniature, later published in La Revue Musicale, for the Société Internationale de Musique. These pieces were based on the letters H-A-Y-D-N translated into the musical notes B-A-D-D-G (where B = H in German, and with D and G supplying for otherwise unplayable letters): this technique, known as soggetto cavato (literally, ‘carved subject’), was commonly used in the Renaissance.

A hundred years later, six British composers – Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall, Colin Riley, Jeremy Thurlow, and Tim Watts – have written pieces to celebrate Haydn’s bicentenary. At Matthew Schellhorn’s request, the choice of letters was freed up, with the two ‘spare’ letters becoming at the discretion of each composer.

Full programme notes for these pieces and an interview with Matthew Schellhorn in Muso Magazine can be read here.



Matthew Schellhorn with five of the six composers. From left to right: Tim Watts, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Jeremy Thurlow, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall. Absent: Colin Riley.


Messiaen CD on BBC Radio 3

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Messiaen: Chamber Works was played recently on Radio 3 Requests.



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Praise for Messiaen CD

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Messiaen: Chamber Works continues to receive glowing reviews!

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Messiaen CD on BBC Radio 3

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Matthew Schellhorn’s new CD, Messiaen: Chamber Works (SIGCD126), was featured on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review on Saturday 19 July 2008.

Andrew McGregor chose to play the Morceau de lecture à vue, which receives its world premiere recording on the disc.

For programme details see http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/pip/3cuql/

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