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Hereford Composers' Workshop

Tonight - October 5th - sees the AGM of the Herefordshire Composers' Workshop. This year we are meeting at Eardisley Church at 1900. The meeting will be followed by an informal performance of works by five composers from the HCW. All are welcome.



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.



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


The next concert under the auspices of HCW will be held at The Lion Ballroom, Leominster at 1930 on 28th April 2017  and will feature 

The Offa String Quartet  and Andrew Morris (piano)

The concert will include 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. In addition Livi van Warmelo, a student at Hereford Cathedral School, will feature with her composition The River for violin and piano.

The concert will open with a performance of Andrew's compoition Inner Light which was originally commissioned for the opening of the Lion Ballroom back in 1997 and conclude with his latest compoistion Elegy for piano quintet.

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