World Premiere at the Harwich Festival

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Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Harwich Festival this week, premiering a new work by British composer Toby Young with soprano Susanna Fairbairn.

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Pretty Stories (and Funny Pictures) is a cycle of five songs for soprano and piano commissioned by the Harwich Festival for this performance, .

The concert, on Friday 4th July, also sees a performance of Colin Riley's A Stranger Called This Morning, and works by Poulenc and Ravel.

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Late stand-in for Turangalîla-Symphonie

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Matthew Schellhorn recently stood in at 48 hours' notice for a performance of Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie by the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.

The concert took place on 20 June in Birmingham Town Hall under the baton of renowned French conductor Pierre-André Valade.

The Birmingham Post gave the concert 5 stars, praising Matthew Schellhorn's 'poised and piquant' playing in the virtuosic solo part.

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Four-star review in BBC Music Magazine

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Matthew Schellhorn's latest disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, has received four stars in BBC Music Magazine.

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The disc was featured in 'Brief Notes' of the May 2014 edition. Barry Witherden classified the disc as 'excellent', writing 'Wilson builds his spare yet rigorous reflections on the Stations of the Cross towards dramatic climaxes. Matthew Schellhorn's crisp, committed performance avoids melodrama and sentimentality'.

Matthew Schellhorn's top picks for The Sampler

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Matthew Schellhorn is Guest Previewer for the latest edition of Sound and Music's The Sampler.

Top picks are as follows:

Event 1: In Nomine Domini
Date: 15 June
Venue: St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, London
A concert by WoodWork, Guildhall recorder students and alumni, featuring 16th-century and newly commissioned repertoire inspired by John Taverner's In Nomine. The concert features premieres of works by Alexis Bennett, Patrick O'Connor and Toby Young.
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Event 2: Morphosis
Date: 17 June
Venue: Royal Academy of Music, London
London-based Australian pianist Zubin Kanga (pictured) performs new and innovative works for solo piano, created in collaboration with leading British, Estonian and Australian composers. The recital includes the UK premiere of David Young’s graphic score Not Music Yet and the world premiere of Patrick Nunn’s Morphosis, which features electronics controlled by sensors attached to the pianist’s hands.
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Event 3: TONE Festival
Date: 20 - 22 June
Venue: Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent
The UK’s first festival of contemporary sonic and visual arts taking place in its launch year in some unique and challenging settings including The Historic Dockyard, Fort Amherst and sites along the Medway River at Chatham, Kent.
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Event 4: Harwich Festival
Date: 25 June - 6 July
Venue: various in Harwich, Essex
Recently listed as one of the ‘Best of Fest’ in The Sunday Times, this innovative festival runs for 12 days in the beautiful town of Harwich. Artistic Director Diana Burrell programmes new music in inventive contexts.
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Listen: Music by Efthymiou
I have recently had the pleasure of working with this exciting twin-sister composing partnership, who work together and individually to create ground-breaking new music, often as multi-disciplinary sound spectaculars. Hear their 2013 collaboration with Consortium5.
Listen>> to Pulser by Effy Efthymiou
Listen>> to Bustling by Litha Efthymiou

Blog: Lee Westwood
Sound and Music New Voices composer, Lee Westwood, writes about A Hidden Order, his work with artist Sama Mara exploring connections between geometrical art and music.
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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.

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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."