|ALBUM: Contemporary British Clarinet Music
|ARTIST: Roger Heaton (clarinet) and Stephen Pruslin (piano)
- David Forshaw
Circuit - Jeremy Pike
Last Memory - Kevin Malone
for clarinet and piano - Geoffrey Kimpton
Moods - David Golightly
Clarinet And Piano - Stephen Plews
|Roger Heaton - Clarinet
Roger Heaton, clarinettist and conductor, has worked with many leading composers, including Feldman, Volans, Ferneyhough and Henze. He appears at major international festivals as a soloist, with the Arditti Quartet, as a member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and Music Projects, and with his own group, the Roger Heaton Group. He has also played with Ensemble Modern and the London Sinfonietta, with whom he played concertos by Boulez and Takemitsu. He records regularly for radio and CD, including ECM, Point and Wergo, and his first solo CD was voted one of the top 50 classical CDs of 1995 by the BBC Music Magazine. He will record two recital discs with pianist Stephen Pruslin, of new British music and works by Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies, in 1996/7. From 1982 to 1994 he was Clarinet Professor at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, and from 1988 to 1993 was Musical Director of Rambert Dance Company. He is currently Music Adviser for the Siobhan Davies Dance Company and works closely with the Richard Alston Dance Company.
|Stephen Pruslin - Piano
Stephen Pruslin has, as a pianist, been called “one of the world’s leading interpreters of contemporary music”. He has played all over the world, including every major international festival, has made dozens of commercial recordings, has had sustained working relationships with such leading composers as Birtwistle, Carter, Henze and Maxwell Davies, and has performed and recorded with Berio, Boulez and Lutoslawski. He speaks frequently about music and the arts on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and on British and European television, both extemporaneously and to his own scripts. In recent seasons, his pre-concert talks at the Royal Festival Hall have won a regular and enthusiastic following. He is the author of two operas; the recent “Craig’s Progress” (music by Martin Butler), premiered in the Meltdown Festival at London’s South Bank Centre, and “Punch and Judy(music by Sir Harrison Birtwistle), of which W.H. Auden described Pruslin’s text as one of the the most outstanding and original opera libretti of the century. The work is now regarded as a contemporary classic, is still receiving new productions, was recently the focus of a project at the Motley Theatre Design Course at Drury Lane, and has been selected by BBC Radio 3 and The Guardian as one of the “Vital Fifty” operas on CD. Stephen was Chief Repetiteur for the new production of Schoenberg’s “Von Heute auf Morgen’ at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, already recorded under Oliver Knussen, for future release on Deutsche Grammophon. He is now reviewing CDs and videos for the new Gramophone Quarterly International Opera Collector, and is working on a bookabout Maxwell Davies and Birtwistle.
Kevin studied composition with Morton Feldman, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom and Stanley Glasser, and was awarded BMus and MMus degrees in America and a PhD from the University of London. As a Fulbright Fellow, he studied composition in Paris. Based in Crewe, he is Senior Lecturer in Music at Manchester Metropolitan University. His output ranges from music for harpsichord and live electronics to symphony orchestra and multimedia art, which has been presented at numerous international festivals.
Steve Plews, who commands a growing international reputation, won the Peter Whittingham Award in 1994 and two large scale grants from the Arts Council in 1994 and 1995. Steve regularly performs with his ensemble Ascension, and writes in a variety of modern and contemporary styles, with jazz and contemporary classical music being his forte. He also composes for specific projects and teaches all styles of composition.
John Reeman was born in Lancashire in 1946. After a variety of occupations he went to Hull University to study composition with Tony Hedges. He was awarded an Honours Degree, the Annual Music Prize and later a Masters Degree in Composition. He now lives in St Annes and has written a wide variety of music for both amateur and professional musicians, and a number of his pieces have been published.
David Forshaw (b 1938) studied with Alan Hoddinott at Cardiff University and recently with Richard Steinitz at Huddersfield University. Lancashire born and living in St. Helens he has written works for piano, cello, bassoon, double bass, percussion, brass and concert bands, pieces for 8 clarinets, 5 double basses, 6+ flutes, various chamber ensembles, songs, choral works (some including children’s voices), four part anthems, a work for male voice choir, and works for full and string orchestras.
Geoffrey Kimpton studied composition with Alfred Nieman at the Guildhall. After further study in Vienna, he joined the CBSO as a viola player. The music of its conductor Andrzej Panutnik was, and remains, a strong influence. In 1960 Geoffrey settled in Manchester and has had a varied career as an orchestral player, lecturer, violin teacher and composer. Recent performances include “The Bond Of Peace” played by the Goldberg Ensemble, a string quartet and several prize-winning songs.
Jeremy Pike was born in 1955. He studied music at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music before becoming a pupil of Henry Gorecki on a Polish Government Composition Scholarship. He has directed the electro-acoustic studios of Warwick University and Royal Academy of Music, and is currently Head of Composition and Contemporary Music at Cheetham’s School of Music in Manchester. His music, which includes orchestral, choral and chamber works, has been widely performed.
|David Golightly (See also David's other compositions and recordings on this site)
David Golightly studied composition with Richard Steinitz at Huddersfield University. Born in Co Durham and now based in Cheshire, a number of his compositions have been commissioned by eminent performers, including “Moods” for Roger Heaton, ‘Rites of Passage” and “The St Petersburg Mass” for The Roussland Soglasie Male Voice Choir of St Petersburg. In addition David has composed prolifically for the theatre and film documentaries. His most notable credits include “Blue Remembered Hills”, “On the Razzle”, "The Glass Menagerie”, “Cider with Rosie” and “Under Milkwood” (Theatre), “Out of the Depth” and “I’m no Angel” (Film). David has had performances of his music as far afield as America, Germany, Poland and Russia. David is chairman of The North-West Composers' Association.
Recorded at ASC Recording, January
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|This page was last updated on 7 July, 2005