NMC Release RPS Composition Prize Winners' Recordings

13 Oct 2017

NMC Recordings are to release the work of three RPS Composition Prize WinnersDonghoon ShinLisa Illean and Gareth Moorcraft who were commissioned to write a piece for the Philharmonia Orchestra's Music of Today Series

As part of the Philharmonia Composers' Academy, their 10-minute new works were premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert earlier this year. In addition to this high profile performance, the composers were guided through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as benefiting from specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a 'works in progress' workshop.

For the first time, the Composition Prize includes a recording and release on the NMC Recordings label, enabling the works to have an international platform via online stores and streaming platforms.

This album features ensemble works by the three young composers in the Philharmonia Composers' Academy 2017.

Lisa Illean's Januaries evokes memories of summers spent as a child in Queensland, Australia - "of bull grass, my grandmother's choko vines and nights thick with heat and cicadas". Gareth Moorcraft's Reflections (after Gibbons) takes inspiration from the Fantasias for viola consort by English composer Orlando Gibbons. The Hunter's Funeral by Donghoon Shin, is the composer's response to a woodcut of the same name, created in 1890 by Moritz von Schwind. 

Release Date: 3 November 2017 (worldwide release on 17 November)

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