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NCEM and I Fagiolini Commission a new work by Orlando Gough

18th Oct 2010 15:27
NCEM and I Fagiolini Commission a new work by Orlando Gough

Orlando Gough’s The Spell, commissioned by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) on the occasion of their 10th birthday for early music specialists, I Fagiolini – themselves celebrating their 25th anniversary – receives its world premiere on Wednesday 17 November at Cadogan Hall, London.

 A nationwide tour follows in spring / summer 2011 which is being partly organised by music promoters, Music in the Round, and includes a performance at the NCEM on Thursday 17 March 2011.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM says: “It is always thrilling to commission new work and this joint celebratory venture, made possible by the generous support of the PRS for Music Foundation, is made all the more significant by the opportunity to develop an extensive audience for this new piece in venues around the country next year.”

Gough’s new work is based on a moment in the life of one of the 16th century’s most important and flamboyant poets, Torquato Tasso, who inspired Monteverdi but finished life in a mental asylum with delusions that he was to be murdered. The Spell’s English text has been created by the librettist Timothy Knapman.

Robert Hollingworth, Director of I Fagiolini adds: “I’ve long been fascinated by the ‘lyric poetry meets dungeons and dragons’ world of Tasso’s ‘Jerusalem freed’, a late 16th century crusading epic that Monteverdi and others found so inspiring. I wanted a new piece based on it but which would be relevant to the exciting music of this period that I love. Orlando Gough and Timothy Knapman have solved this with a brilliantly conceived series of episodes to be inserted between the pages of a moving cycle of pieces by Monteverdi’s inspiration, Giaches de Wert. The score looks a challenge but inherently singable and great fun!”

I Fagiolini premiere the new work on Wednesday 17 November at Cadogan Hall. The work will be performed in the new year at the following Music in the Round venues:

 9 March 2011                The Stables, Milton Keynes,
11 March 2011               Oakham School Chapel, Oakham, Rutland
12 March 2011               The Crucible, Sheffield
16 March 2011               Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
18 March 2011               Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon
19 March 2011               New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

The commission is sponsored by PRS for Music Foundation and the National Centre for Early Music. 

The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

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