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Samantha Fernando

This new commission by RPS-award-winning composer Samantha Fernando will receive its world premiere at the London Sinfonietta’s 50th Anniversary Concert on 24 January 2018. 

Samantha Fernando’s first ensemble commission for the London Sinfonietta comes after her participation in our Writing the Future scheme in 2013/15 which gives opportunities to composers we have not worked with before. Her piece Positive / Negative Space immediately caught the ear. She then was commissioned to write Kinnesphere – a solo flute piece in the Sinfonietta Shorts series. In the 15/16 season, we commissioned her to write a larger scale piece for music and text. The Journey Between Us was performed in the Southwark Playhouse with actress Lisa Dwan. This new ensemble work for January 2018 is the next stage in an evolving relationship between the composer and the London Sinfonietta.

Whilst writing this new work for the Sinfonietta, I am pregnant with my first child. Inevitably, the thoughts and experiences of this journey are feeding into the creation of the music. This is a work of optimism and of the present moment, both of which are fitting creative impulses for a work to mark the 50th anniversary of the ensemble. " Samantha Fernando
Samantha Fernando (c) Marianne Chua

Resonance and harmonic colour play a vital role in Samantha’s music. This preoccupation yields pieces with an intensely colourful and often, meditative quality. Other art-forms are a constant source of inspiration and Samantha has enjoyed collaborations with writers, directors, animators and performers.

Samantha Fernando has been commissioned by The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Aurora Orchestra, Aldeburgh Music and Silbersee Vocal Ensemble, amongst others. Her work has been performed in the UK and abroad in festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek (The Netherlands) and The Oxford Lieder Festival. In 2013 she was a recipient of an RPS Composition Prize. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and her flute piece Kinesphere was released on NMC last year. She is a Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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