From our guest blogger Juliette Bausor
I’ve hit the ground running at the start of 2014 with final preparations for my forthcoming recital tour as part of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars Series. Every year ECHO hand selects young artists to become its Rising Stars, offering unparalleled performance opportunities including a concert tour across some of Europe’s finest concert halls, including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Bozar in Brussels, Town Hall Birmingham, Palace of Arts in Budapest, Vienna Musikverein, Stockholm Konserthaus, L’Auditori in Barcelona, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Sage Gateshead and the Barbican Centre in London. The first three of my concerts are in two weeks time, starting in Hamburg, then on to Amsterdam and Brussels.
I’ve chosen two programmes for the tour which illustrate the development of the flute as a solo instrument over a period of four hundred years, from J.S Bach to a brand new commission by my good friend and Ensemble 360 Associate Composer, Charlie Piper. His new work takes its inspiration from Kokopele, an ancient deity from Native American mythology, often depicted in petroglyphs (rock engravings) as a hump-backed flute player with a phallus. It is a fantastic piece and proving lots of fun to learn, with uneven rhythmic patterns passing between the flute and piano, and with a few technical challenges! Please do come along to hear it at one of my UK concerts, either on 2nd February at Birmingham Town Hall, 28th March at Sage Gateshead or 11th April at the Barbican Hall in London – you can find more details on my website, www.juliettebausor.com!
Aside from all of that, the start of 2014 is as busy as ever with my schedule at Royal Northern Sinfonia and, of course, our Ensemble 360 concerts. We are all very excited about our first ensemble performance in Doncaster’s new performance space, CAST, on 8th February with the World Premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Shadow Game, for soloists and orchestra. I’m also really looking forward to the forthcoming Music in the Round tour concerts and, as the finishing touches are being put to the programme, the build up to the May Festival!
Here’s to an exciting 2014!