The Sampler e-Shot features the most exciting events in new music and sound every fortnight, selected independently by a different guest previewer each issue. Events are selected from The Sampler website, the UK’s most comprehensive listings website for new music and sound, generated entirely by users.
This issue's guest previewer is composer, Richard Causton.
This e-Shot also includes the first in a brand new series of Sound and Music blog posts, provided by a different writer each fortnight. This issue's blog comes from Co-Director of Third Ear Music, Ed McKeon.
Jonathan Lloyd by Theo Jamieson
1 BBCSO - Jonathan Lloyd
Date: Friday 17 May Venue: Barbican, London Jonathan Lloyd is a real original, a composer who sees the world in a way like no-one else. His music has great freshness and, sometimes, humour. So a major new piece by him is not to be missed. Read More>>
2 LSO Soundhub showcase
Date: Saturday 18 May Venue: LSO St. Luke's London This exciting evening of music includes an extract from Darren Bloom’s forthcoming opera KETTLEHEAD. It’s a delightfully bizarre story and it’ll be fascinating to see how Bloom’s virtuose, highly coloured music brings it to life. Read More>>
3 Ensemble 7Bridges
Date: Saturday 18 May Venue: University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield It's not every day that a brand new ensemble is launched - especially with world premieres of works by Bryn Harrison and Gerald Barry. Ensemble 7Bridges features some of the most exciting performers around and this promises to be an intense and memorable debut concert. Read More>>
4 Kreutzer Quartet - Beethoven Begins
Date: Wednesday 22 May Venue: Wilton's Music Hall, London This programme features the premiere of Jeremy Dale Roberts’ String Quintet, a piece which makes five instruments sound like an orchestra - it’s teeming with invention, nervous energy and pathos. Virginia Woolf, Edvard Munch and Janàček (his string quartets) all make appearances, and there’s a fantastic evocation of Norwegian Hardanger fiddle music. Read More>>
Listen: Richard Causton on Janàček
Janàček's string quartets (Kreutzer Sonata and Intimate Letters) are pieces which I couldn’t live without. They are shot through with something that’s as close as acoustic music can come to electric charge. Listen>>
Blog: Ed McKeon
Our first edition of The Sampler's new fortnightly blog features Ed McKeon reviewing his ongoing commissioning work as Co-Director of Third Ear Music, including projects with Saskia Moore, and new music group Noszferatu. Read More>>
Guest previewer - Richard Causton
Richard Causton is a London-based composer. He is currently Lecturer in Composition at the University of Cambridge.
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