World Premiere of new work by Ian Wilson

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.