Working with composers - an illustrated talk

Madeleine Mitchell (Royal College of Music) Chair: Eric Clarke (University of Oxford)
Speakers Abstract:

Violinist Madeleine Mitchell wrote her MMus thesis on the influence of violinists on Bartók and Szymanowski and has long been interested in the interaction between composers and performers in creating original work, and how working with living composers can inform a performer's approach to more standard repertoire. She will illustrate her talk with recorded extracts in a wide range of new music for violin, which she has inspired over 25 years, and she will play part of a challenging work for solo violin - Taw-Raw (the Shan fiddle of Burma) - by a composer who also plays the violin, Nigel Osborne. Many of the composers with whom she has collaborated do not play the violin, including the latest in a long line of distinguished composers who have written works for her, David Matthews, who has produced a large number of works for violin and who will join Madeleine in discussion about his new work, Romanza. She premieres this with strings on 6 October 2012 at the Alwyn Festival in Suffolk and in the version with piano in the Sound Festival in Aberdeen on 1 November 2012, with a preview on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on 3 October 2012. The London premiere is at Kings Place on 24 March 2013.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed as violin soloist in over 40 countries in a wide-ranging repertoire. She began her career as the violinist in Peter Maxwell Davies' group The Fires of London and has since worked closely with many other composers. Works written for her include a violin concerto by Piers Hellawell, pieces with piano by James MacMillan, Michael Nyman, John Woolrich, Stephen Montague, Anthony Powers and Brian Elias and works for solo violin by Nigel Osborne and Stuart Jones. Madeleine has initiated original collaborations, including commissioning new works for solo violin and choir by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pecou and Roxanna Panufnik, and for violin and percussion ensemble by Tarik O'Regan, Anne Dudley and Stuart Jones, as well as a Fanfare for Fiddles by John Hardy and a work for multi violins by Adrian Williams for her Red Violin festival. Her wide discography includes a collaboration with Howard Blake as pianist, and recordings of works written for her have been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards.

26 November 2012, 17:00 - 18:30

Event Type:
The Chancellor's Hall (Senate House, first floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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CMPCP/IMR performance/research seminar

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