New interview on birdsong

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Matthew Schellhorn discusses the connexions between birdsong and music in a new online interview.

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The interview, on the 15questions.net site, answers questions such as “Can animal sounds be considered music?” and “Is birdsong a display of creativity?”

Matthew, who has built several programmes around the theme of bird song, asserts that the most remarkable thing about these programmes is that they both confirm and contest Messiaen's position in the field of birdsong: "One of the things I wish to articulate in this programme is how dependent he was, perhaps, on those who had gone before him.”

Read the full interview here: http://www.15questions.net/interview/interview-matthew-schellhorn/page-1/

Performance workshop in Cambridge

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Matthew Schellhorn recently gave a performance workshop at the University of Cambridge.

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The class, taking place at the Faculty of Music, was held for 2nd and 3rd year students as part of the Music course.

Students presented several contemporary piano works, including Piano Piece (to Philip Gustan) (1963) by Morton Feldman, ff (Fortissimo) (1995) by Jonathan Harvey, and Lucifer’s Banjo (2006) by Martin Butler.

Read more about Matthew’s educational work.

Performance with Notes Inégales in Cambridge

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On Monday 26 November 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will perform at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

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He joins ensemble Notes Inégales, directed by Peter Wiegold, in performances of works by Richard Causton, John Hopkins and Peter Wiegold. The day will also see workshops with current students at the University of Cambridge, culminating in a performance of their Postcard Pieces.

Programme:

Peter Wiegold 3 Songs from Within this Body (Sufi texts) John Hopkins For the Far Journey Richard Causton Phoenix


Ticket & booking information:
£10, £5 (concessions) Tickets available from the ADC Theatre: 01223 300085
http://www.westroad.org/event-info/notes-inegales/

Performance with Ulster Orchestra in Belfast Festival

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On Tuesday 30 October 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will perform with the Ulster Orchestra.

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The concert, part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens, will feature the World Premiere of Ian Wilson’s new piano concert Flags and Emblems, commissioned by the Ulster Orchestra with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Unit.

Taking two very different types of musical material and exploring how having them in close proximity can alter their fundamental characteristics, this new work by Ian Wilson is exciting, contemplative and uplifting. Pianist Matthew Schellhorn, a long-time collaborator of Wilson’s, and the Ballygowan Flute Band combine to create this unique performance.

The programme will also include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Lutoslawski’s Musique Funèbre.

The concert begins at 20:00, with a pre-concert talk at 19:30.

To see full details and buy tickets visit the Ulster Orchestra website.

Recent festival performance now online

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Highlights from Matthew Schellhorn’s recent recital at the Walled City Fesitval are now online.

Exploring a huge range of idioms, this recital of Irish contemporary piano music gave a survey of Irish music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and included two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Gráinne Mulvey and Nicola LeFanu (daughter of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy).

The programme included several pieces commissioned for the (AXA) Dublin International Piano Competition, and also made a special feature of the music of Ian Wilson, with whom Schellhorn has developed a close working relationship over the last decade.

Listen online at SoundCloud