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Hereford Composers' Workshop

 

I have been a member of this for the past six years, and became Chair in June 2015.  We are a group of composers living and working in Herefordshire who meet a few times each year to share our music and thoughts about composing. Also to plan occasional concerts of new works by members of the group. Our concert in February 2016, saw performances of a number of new vocal compositions both for solo voices with piano and for choir. Find out more about the Herefordshire Composers’ Workshop on their website.

The next HCW concert will be held in Hay Primary School at 1900 on Friday 19th July 2019. It will be given by the harpist Alexandra Guiraud and feature new solo harp music by several HCW composers. The programme is currently being put together by Robert Peate.

Beyond that there are plans for another concert in the Lion Ballroom on September 29th of new works for oboe bassoon and piano. TRhis will be given by Ruth Watson (oboe) Ollie Galletta (bassoon) and Andrew Morris (piano).

 

October 13th 2018 saw a concert of new works by HCW composers given by the Edge Chamber CHoir from Ludlow under the direction of Ros Crouch. The organist for the concert was Hilary Norris.

The programme was as follows :

programme for HCW Edge Choir October 2018

 

 

 

 

September 7th 2018 saw an HCW concert given by a piano trio as follows :

HCW programme for Sept 2018 in Lion Ballroom - new

 

 

 

October 5th 2017 saw the AGM of the Herefordshire Composers' Workshop. We met at Eardisley Church at 1900. The meeting was followed by an informal performance of works by five composers from the HCW.

 

An HCW concert was held at The Lion Ballroom, Leominster at 1930 on 28th April 2017  and featured

The Offa String Quartet  and Andrew Morris (piano)

The concert included compositions by David Wyllie, the founder of HCW. Also by Andrew Morris, John Frith, Julian Robbins, Frances Phillips, Marie Wicks, Julian Reeves, Robert Peate and Gary Higginson. 

The concert concluded with Andrew Morris's latest compoistion Elegy for piano quintet.

Anne de Dadelsen (piano) also featured in the concert as a guest artiste, performing John Frith's Sweet Borderlands

 

In concerts given by the Birchpole SIngers, some new carols by HCW composers were featured in December 2016.

These concerts were given at Brimfield on December 9th and at Yarpole on December 16th

 

The featured carols were :

Julian Robbins :  Lully Lullay

David Wyllie :  O little town of Bethlehem

Margaret Walker :  Swaddling Carol

 

I have been a member of this for the past six years, and became Chair in June 2015.  We are a group of composers living and working in Herefordshire who meet a few times each year to share our music and thoughts about composing. Also to plan occasional concerts of new works by members of the group. Our concert in February 2016, saw performances of a number of new vocal compositions both for solo voices with piano and for choir. Find out more about the Herefordshire Composers’ Workshop on their website.

In our  concert  on October 8th 2016 at Dorstone Church, Herefordshire the Eilan String Quartet, students at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, gave performances of string quartets (or movements from string quartets) by six members of the Herefordshire Composers' Workshop. They also gave a performance of Haydn's Quartet in F, Op 77/1.

 

The HCW works performed were as follows :

Andrew Morris :  For the 48%  (2016)

Julian Robbins :  Draw Down   (2009)

Julian Reeves :  Five Barred Gate  (2016)

Robert Peate :  Two folk songs :  The blacksmith; The nightingale  (2009)

Gary Higginson :  String Quartet No. 1  (1973-1983; revised 1988)

David Wyllie :  String Quartet in E flat  (2002)

 

Here is a composition from 2014 called  Gill's Gift : Lament for a lost piano

 

This is a requiem for the Steinway piano in the Lion Ballroom which mysteriously disappeared in April 2014. The piece is for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and piano and was performed at Yarpole in June 2014 and again in Ludlow in August 2014.