Monday, 22 October 2018

Classic composer to hold workshop in Henley

COMPOSER Patrick Hawes will hold a fascinating day-long workshop in St Mary’s Chantry House, Henley.

Patrick will talk about the importance of the First World War to British music of the 21st century and look at the musical qualities of Wilfred Owen’s poetry. He will give an introduction to his setting of the war poet’s unfinished poem I Know The Music. This will be followed by an in-depth rehearsal and finish with a performance.

It will an exciting prospect to be in on the birth of a new work. Getting to understand what the composer sees in the music and how he wants it to sound will be a rewarding experience. This work will receive its world premiere here in Henley’s St Mary’s Church at a concert by Aliquando Chamber Choir conducted by Patrick Hawes, and fittingly in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal on November 8. It is dedicated to Henley and the wider community in memory of those who served their country in times of war.

Patrick gained public recognition when his first work made CD of the Week on Classic FM and consequently he became the Classic FM Composer in Residence from 2006-7. He wrote the music for Prince Charles’ 60th birthday and in 2010 he was commissioned to write the Highgrove Suite for the Prince which was premiered at Highgrove House by the Philharmonia.

Aliquando Chamber Choir previously worked with him when performing his Song of Songs with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and harpist Claire Jones in 2012 also in Henley.

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