The Radcliffe Trust is proud to be partnering Wigmore Hall in an important series of chamber music commissions. The series falls naturally into two parts, the first comprising five new string quartets and the second, and this is the Trust’s brainchild, a quintet, sextet, septet and octet to be commissioned for the years 2015 to 2018 respectively. The composers will all be British, some well-established and some younger, and the performers chosen from amongst the leading chamber musicians of our time. All nine new works will be premiered at Wigmore Hall. The commissions project was conceived to reflect the Trust’s long-standing interests in both chamber music and composition, and to look to the future with the creation of an important addition to the chamber music canon. As well as adding significantly to the string quartet repertoire, the trustees will provide “companion pieces” for some of the iconic chamber works for larger ensemble. By so doing, the new works stand a good chance of finding regular performances in the future.
The series started with a new composition by Mark-Anthony Turnage which is part of a co-commissioning partnership between Wigmore Hall, The Radcliffe Trust and NMC Recordings.
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new work for the Belcea Quartet was performed in December 2014 and followed in January 2015 by Simon Holt’s composition for the JACK Quartet. In June 2015, the Carducci Quartet with the cellist Guy Johnson performed Anthony Gilbert’s string quintet “Haven of Mysteries”, in a programme which also included the great Schubert two cello quintet in C. In July 2016, a commissioned work for string quartet, by Donnacha Dennehy, was performed by the Doric String Quartet.
The next event in the commissioning series will be on the 24th September 2016 at Wigmore Hall, featuring principle players from Aurora Orchestra. It will include the world premiere of a new sextet by Anna Meredith.
For more information on the musicians performing, click here for the Aurora Orchestra Website.
The series will continue in coming seasons with the premières of scores by fellow British composers, Helen Grime and Paul Newland.