Following her beautiful and intimate Sinfonietta Short On the Other Shore, this new work from Charlotte Bray is her first full-scale London Sinfonietta commission. The ensemble will give its world premiere performance as part of Beacons at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May 2018.
An outstanding talent of her generation, Charlotte Bray studied under Mark Anthony Turnage and Joe Cutler. She has written for leading musicians, including Lawrence Power and Roderick Williams. Her associations include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and her work has featured at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier. Sir Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen and Daniel Harding are among the renowned conductors who have performed her work.
2017 premieres include Voyage by The Nordic Saxophone Quartet (Torún, Poland); piano quartet Zustände by The Schubert Ensemble (Straford-on-Avon); and Blaze and Fall, a Hommage to Kurtag, by the Jacquin Trio. Also, performances of At the Speed of Stillness by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the ISCM World Music Days Festival; and Black Rainbow by the DalaSinfonietta and Wermland Opera Orchestra (Falun and Karlstad, Sweden). Collaborating with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on two occasions in 2016, Stone Dancer premiered at Aldeburgh Festival under Oliver Knussen; and her cello concerto Falling in the Fire under Sakari Oramo with Guy Johnston in the BBC Proms. Exploring the work of the late Tim Hetherington, a renowned photo journalist, the latter is motivated by the composer's endeavour to comprehend war and its impact in our world today. Other recent highlights include: Bluer than Midnight (Winsor Music, Boston); chamber opera Entanglement, in collaboration with librettist Amy Rosenthal (Cheltenham and Presteigne Festivals, Nova Music Opera); and a stage work Out of the Ruins (Royal Opera House Covent Garden).
At the Speed of Stillness, Charlotte’s debut recording on NMC Records, was released in October 2014.
Her many accolades include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize; Lili Boulanger Prize; Critics’ Circle Award; Composer-in-residence with BCMG, Oxford Lieder Festival and Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival; named in The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners (2011); Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire and named Alumni of the Year (2014); interviewed for Radio 3’s Composers’ Room series; residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Liguria Study Centre and Aldeburgh Music.
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