'Shadows of Time'- UWE Bristol Orchestra premières graduate's work

Issue date: 27 March 2013


Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ, Saturday 6 April 2013 19:30

The UWE Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Singers will present a fascinating concert at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 6 April, including, for the first time ever, a composition by a recent UWE graduate.

Consisting of students, staff and musicians from the local area, the Symphony Orchestra and Singers will be joined by two world-class soloists for a performance that will showcase some fantastic well-known music alongside the new piece by UWE graduate Matthew Welch.

Director of the Centre, Ian Holmes, said, “We're really excited about the forthcoming concert for two reasons: first that we're able to welcome two amazing soloists to perform with us and second that we're going to be able to give the world première of a specially composed, new, work by a recent UWE Bristol graduate Matthew Welch. There will be real excitement in the air as our musicians, of all ages, get to perform with Philippe and Angharad who are at the very top of their profession.”

The soprano voice of Angharad Morgan, who is one of Glyndebourne Opera's Jerwood Young Artists for 2013, will feature in a performance of John Rutter's Requiem and the virtuoso trumpeter Philippe Schartz, currently principal trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, will perform Haydn's ever popular Trumpet Concerto.

Matthew Welch recently graduated from the University of the West of England having studied on the Creative Music Technology degree programme. He graduated with first-class honours, as well as receiving the 'Best Music Technology Project' award for his Japanese-influenced composition Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra. Matt's musical influences range from late Romantic works, through to jazz and world music.

His latest composition entitled Shadows of Time nostalgically reminisces about the music of the early 20th Century. The piece has a number of influences, including Gershwin for the harmonic style, and Ravel for the orchestral textures. Stylistic similarities with film music are also present.

Matthew said, “It's a great honour to have an orchestra perform your music. It's made all the more special given that friends of mine play in the orchestra.”

Just as everyone is welcome to take part in activities organised by the UWE Centre for Performing Arts everyone is welcome to the performance at Bristol Cathedral for a fabulous evening of music that is not to be missed.

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Tickets are £12, £10 and £6 with concessions for OAPs and Students. Accompanied schoolchildren are free but not bookable online. Tickets are available from Colston Hall Box Office, 0117 922 3686 or UWE Online Store.

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