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May 2017: concerts and a premiere



On May 10th, Goldfield Ensemble gave a concert in the Lyons Concert Hall in York in honour of LeFanu's 70th birthday. Titled 'Invisible Cities and Imaginary Places', it included 'Songs without Words' (clarinet and string trio) and 'Invisible Cities' (clarinet quintet) and two Maconchy works. Solo violin pieces by Sadie Harrison were threaded through the programme, plus Murail and Sciarrino. A superbly played concert.

On May 16th, at the Ashmolean in Oxford, Cayenna Ponchione and OSJ gave the premiere of 'May Rain', which sets a poem by Kerry Hardie. The fine mezzo-soprano soloist was Charlotte Tetley. 'May Rain' was commissioned by Ponchione as part of her 'Water-Culture: Women's Work' song set.

Composer of the Week BBC R3 April 24th-28th 2017

I am BBC Radio 3 ‘Composer of the Week', from Monday April 24th to Friday April 28th. It is on each day at 12 - 1pm and repeats at 6.30 -7.30 pm.

new CD - 4star review in BBC Music Magazine

The new CD, MSV 28565, with Trio 2, Invisible Places (clarinet quintet) and Lumsdaine Mandala 3, has received a very good review in BBC Music Magazine. 'Nicola LeFanu is renowned for works of imaginative beauty..'

'Rondel' wind quintet premiere and publication



Rondel for wind quintet was premiered in London on April 6th 2017 by the Mayo quintet, for whom it was written. It is a short work (10') designed to be accessible to amateurs as well as professionals, and it is dedicated to my cousin, flautist Lucy LeFanu.

Rondel is published by Edition Peters - EP 73016.

Link to peruse the score: bit.ly/rondelview

Link to purchase bit.ly/rondelbuy

'Soaring new work is timeless and timely' (Guardian): World premiere of The Crimson Bird



Rachel Nicholls and the BBCSO, conducted by Ilan Volkov, gave a wonderful premiere of 'The Crimson Bird' on February 17th, 2017. The Guardian critic wrote:

'Rachel Nicholls delivered a gleaming, soaring performance in Nicola LeFanu's fiery new concertante.'

'The Crimson Bird' is available on BBC R3 player until March 16th.

Live broadcast, BBCRadio 3 Friday 17th Feb.




On Friday February 17th 2017, The Crimson Bird for soprano and orchestra will be premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The soprano soloist is Rachel Nicholls, and the conductor Ilan Volkov.

The text is by John Fuller.



7.30pm in the Barbican Concert Hall, London.



Live broadcast on Radio 3.

New CD launch



A new CD msv28565 on the Metier/Divine Art label will be launched at the RAM on Saturday February 18th 2017. Gemini, director Ian Mitchell, are the performers, with soloists Sarah Leonard, soprano, and Aleksander Szram, piano. There are four works: 'Mandala 3' and 'Fire in Leaf and Grass' by David Lumsdaine, and 'Invisible Places' and 'Trio 2: Song for Peter', by Nicola LeFanu.

BBCPhil record Threnody

The BBC Philharmonic conducted by Clark Rundell have recorded two orchestral pieces for future broadcast. On January 27th, they recorded Threnody, for full orchestra, and Wind-blown Seeds for string orchestra.
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