Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Marimba & Strings | UK Review: Cambridge News

There is a stone of white marble on the Cambridge Backs, tucked beneath a tree in King’s College, which bears a short rhyming poem by Xu Zhimo. “Quietly now I leave the Cam,” the poet begins (in Silas Brown’s translation), tendering a farewell to the river, the city, and “the clouded Western sky aflame.” Zhimo’s poem conveys not only the … Read More

Áskell Másson: ‘Konzertstücke’ & Jennifer Higdon: Percussion Concerto | UK Review: Shropshire Star

Music is a gift and the Llangollen Eisteddfod brought three incredibly gifted musicians to the Royal International Pavilion last night. Percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Royal harpist Claire Jones and rising opera star, Noah Stewart brought three different genres to the stage. Dame Evelyn opened the concert when, accompanied by the Eisteddfod’s own orchestra, she showed us her talents as … Read More

James Macmillan: ‘Veni, Veni, Emmanuel’ | UK Review: The Scotsman

In one epic programme celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra had a package most orchestras would spread over several concerts. Not only that, this awesome playlist – from Elgar to Wagner overtures via three heavyweight concertos – was put together in just two weeks. The task was made easier by the fact that three mainstream conductors – Donald Runnicles, … Read More

Alexis Alrich: Marimba Concerto & Vivaldi: Piccolo Recorder Concerto in C |UK Review: Bachtrack

[Glennie gave] an electric performance of composer Alexis Alrich’s Marimba Concerto, its UK première. World-premièred in Hong Kong in 2009 by the Hong Kong City Orchestra, this action-packed piece injected fresh energy into the whole room. It is one of the most interesting concert compositions I have seen on stage in Bristol and it stole the show. Alrich’s style, “California Impressionism”, … Read More