Concert raises money for Christians in the Holy Land

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Matthew Schellhorn's CD launch concert in April raised nearly £1000 for Christians in the Holy Land.

Jerusalem Cross

Matthew Schellhorn started his tour to launch his new CD, Ian Wilson: Stations, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark. Speaking at the time, he said:

"To add another dimension to the proceedings, I wanted to link tonight’s concert with the Holy Land – to make a special association between Ian Wilson’s Stations and the ‘real’ Stations of the Cross.
When a Christian prays the Stations of the Cross he is considering on some level the objective reality of Jesus’ suffering, and in a particular way he is connecting himself with the geographical location, or locations, where that suffering took place.

"These days we are very conscious of all the difficulties in the Holy Land. The locations referred to in the Way of the Cross are troubled places but also ones where an immense amount of Christian love is poured out.

"On that note, I have invited a charity very involved in the Holy Land to take a collection at the end of the evening. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic order under the protection of the Pope. Its members make a lifelong commitment to give alms to support the work of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. In England and Wales, the Order’s Lieutenancy is a registered charity and is involved with several important projects. It funds parishes and subsidises schools in Israel, Palestine and Jordan, also supporting Bethlehem University and its students there. In recent years, it has covered the costs of a training programme for English teachers, and has supported the building of new churches in Israel and in Jordan.

"I would encourage everyone to give generously to this important, worthwhile charity."

Performance at the National Concert Hall, Ireland

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Matthew Schellhorn returns to Ireland to perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, as part of the Contemporary Music Centre’s Salon Series, on Wednesday 28 May at 18:00.

Presenting a programme of Irish piano music, Matthew Schellhorn makes a particular focus on works composed as test pieces for competition or with specific technical challenges in mind.

The programme includes Ian Wilson’s Verschwindend, a short, challenging piece commissioned for the 2003 Dublin International Piano Competition and given its UK premiere in 2007 by Matthew Schellhorn.

Linda Buckley contributes a new piece, serein, built upon technical ideas stemming from her preparation of a test piece for next year’s competition.

At the centre of the programme is a new work by Seán Clancy: exploring ‘singular activities that are devoid of drama’, Thirteen Minutes of Music on the Subject of the Transformation of Things represents ideas that currently occupy the composer’s thoughts.

The performance concludes with the second performance of Gráinne Mulvey’s Steel-grey splinters, commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn and released on disc in February 2014.

Admission Free | Booking Recommended | tel: 01 417 0000 | www.nch.ie

Full programme:

Ian Wilson Verschwindend (2001) 5′
Linda Buckley serein (2014) 6′ WORLD PREMIERE
Seán Clancy Thirteen Minutes of Music on the Subject of the Transformation of Things (2014) 13′ IRISH PREMIERE
Gráinne Mulvey Steel-grey splinters (2012) 8′ IRISH PREMIERE

CD launch tour continues

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Matthew Schellhorn's performances of Ian Wilsons' Stations continue, with concerts during May in Cambridge and Thorpe Bay, during June at the Wymondham Music Festival, and during July in Ripon Cathedral.

Ian Wilson: Stations

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Forthcoming song recitals

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Matthew Schellhorn renews his collaboration with "electric" (Early Music Today) soprano Susanna Fairbairn with song recitals in Oxford and the Harwich Festival.

Susanna Fairbairn

They will perform works by Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Colin Riley in a programme inspired by themes of childhood. On Saturday May 24 at 20:00 their performance in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Oxford, will include the World Premiere of John Duggan's The Owl and the Pussycat. And on Friday 4th July at 13:00 their appearance in the Harwich Festival will include the World Premiere of Toby Young's Pretty Stories for Little Children.

Full details for Oxford | Full details for Harwich Festival

RTÉ lyric fm features Ian Wilson: Stations

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Matthew Schellhorn's new album Ian Wilson: Stations will be featured on RTÉ lyric fm's "Nova" programme on Sunday 6th April 2014 at 20:00.

RTE

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