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E360 flautist is a Rising Star

From our guest blogger Juliette Bausor

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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!

By Juliette Bausor

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CAST: Glittering!

CAST outdoor perfs

Friday night saw the opening of CAST, Doncaster’s new purpose-built venue, and Music in the Round were lucky enough to get an invite.

The evening began with outdoor performances in Sir Nigel Gresley Square in front of the venue. The atmosphere was electric. There was music, dancing, and even pyrotechnics!
Crowds gathered to watch, listen and even join in with an anthem specially composed for the occasion by local duo Rita Payne.

Opening night - 6th Sept 2013

There was a wonderful feeling that this is a space for everyone as CAST Director, Kully Thiarai, announced the building open and the crowds flooded, or conga-ed, in.
The fun didn’t stop there as we took our seats for the first production ever to grace CAST’s main stage; The Glee Club. An entertaining song-filled play written by Doncaster-born playwright Richard Cameron, it tells the story of a group of miners from Edlington – a superb performance and incredibly fitting for Doncaster.

The night closed with Kully taking a photograph of the audience present for this momentous night and a few inspiring words from the Arts Council who have shown such great commitment to the project throughout its development.

Opening night, Matt Bugg playing on the roof - 6th Sept 13
Sheffield–based musician Matt Bugg plays the violin from the roof

A programme of events continued over the whole of the opening weekend; most of it free and open to all, inviting the people in to have a look around their new space. There was storytelling, music, a chance to try Indian dancing, create a piece of art, join in a Music Box workshop with Polly and Tim, and much more. Local artists, professional, student and amateur, filled the spaces with creativeness as thousands of people came in to take a look around.

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There was a lovely vibe throughout the whole weekend; a real sense of occasion and of this being something really special.

After exploring the venue we’re really excited for our concert at CAST on 8th February next year with Ensemble 360, Beechfield Youth Orchestra and Boyce Chamber Orchestra. It would be great to see you there!

Kathryn, Project Co-ordinator

@kathryngasic

New music for new venue

From this September Doncaster will have a brand new performance venue. CAST boasts a 600-seat theatre, a smaller flexible auditorium, workshop spaces and a café and bar.

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A while ago we were approached by the people behind CAST to work with them on a project for the building’s opening season. They wanted to do something new, something unique and something that was for everyone that at the same time kept its heart in high quality classical music. Shadow Game was born.

Shadow Game is a brand new work that’s been written by the incredibly talented composer Charlotte Bray who, according to The Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners, has already “emerged as one of the outstanding composing talents of her generation”. Her time is much-in-demand so we’re delighted and very lucky that she’s found the time not only to write the piece but also to join us in Doncaster for the premiere performance.

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The piece is in Sinfonia Concertante style for four members of Ensemble 360; Naomi (horn), Matt (clarinet), Juliette (flute) and Gemma (cello) and a chamber orchestra of amateur musicians. We’ve received such positive reactions from local groups and are delighted that the Boyce Chamber Orchestra and the Beechfield Youth Orchestra are joining forces with Ensemble 360. The two groups will also have the opportunity to work with musicians from Ensemble 360 and Charlotte in advance of the performance. 

The World Premiere of Shadow Game, plus other music by each of the groups, will take place CAST on Saturday 8th February 2014, 7.30pm. Get the date in your diary now!

We still have £5,000 to raise towards the cost of this project and sincerely hope that you’ll support us and Ensemble 360, not only by joining us on 8th February (and bringing all your friends with you!) but also by buying your very own bar of the work. Watch out for more news on our Buy a Bar scheme or how to make a donation in the autumn on our website.

By Tracy Bryant, Project Manager (@tracymitr)