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City Music Foundation and AngloArts (in conjunction with the Conaculta, Mexico) are delighted to announce Eusebio Sanchez as the first musician to take part in the innovative UK Mexico CMF Scholarship Programme, commencing September 2015.

In a public concert on 24 April at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, marimba player Sanchez was selected from a final round of three sensational musicians. The panel included chair of the CMF judging panel Ian Ritchie, director of Cenidim Festival, Bitrán Yael Goren, and flautist Horacio Franco.

The international scholarship holders will benefit from CMF’s core professional development programme with workshops together with other CMF Artists. They will also be assigned artistic and business mentors chosen to offer the right support to each artist, and concert formats and venues will also be specially chosen to benefit the profile of the scholarship holders. Back in Mexico, the scholarship holder will be part of an outreach programme, using his or her new skills to benefit young musicians at home.

CMF more than looking forward to our first concert on October 14th which will be the first opportunity to see Sanchez to perform in London!

Read more here: http://www.conaculta.gob.mx/detalle-nota/?id=39790

This week has seen two of our 2013 Artists on front pages of some of the biggest names in Classical press. 

To celebrate her year-long festival, Messiaen 2015, Cordelia spoke with Classical-Music (the official website of the BBC Music Magazine) about her relationship with Messiaen, how she devised the project and what makes the music so affecting. Link here

In the news last week, the ex-Top Gear presenter released a video of him playing the recorder… Classic FM got in touch with our CMF Artist, Miriam Nerval, to ask her opinion on how James might improve his tone and sound, as it ‘wasn’t always pleasing!’ You can read on here.

‘Messiaen’s world and the Vingt Regards’: study day at King’s College London

We are delighted to announce that the next event in Cordelia Williams’ festival Between Heaven & the Clouds: Messiaen 2015 will take place on Tuesday 28th April at King’s College London. Registration is now open for this fascinating study day (free to attend), which will offer an in-depth exploration of Messiaen’s piano masterpiece Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant- Jésus and its origins. Cordelia will give a lunchtime performance and will also speak about the ways in which Messiaen portrays theological meaning through music. She will be joined for the day by leading academics Edward Forman, Jeremy Thurlow, Christopher Dingle and Ben Quash, as well as poet Michael Symmons Roberts and artist Sophie Hacker. Sessions will look at topics including Messiaen’s world and the conception of the Vingt Regards, ideas of truth and reality within Messiaen’s work, and the ‘unsecularity of twentieth century music’.

For a full schedule of the day, registration and more information about Messiaen 2015, please visit messiaen2015.com

11am-5pm, 28th April 2015; Great Hall, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS

Free (includes afternoon refreshments), registration required.

www.messiaen2015.com

In February, Michael Foyle (one half of the Foyle-Stsura Duo) visited Russia to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto under conductor Vasily Valitov. He returns in April and tells us below: 
“It has been immensely rewarding to visit Russia for the first time, for two performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto. Both events have been in collaboration with conductor Vasily Valitov and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the first in February, at the International House of Music, and the second in April, in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The inspiring challenge has been the engagement with such a different culture: in the first instance, Brahms’ writing allows us to rehearse and perform as if playing chamber music, immediately equalising the members of the orchestra and myself, and allowing us to explore each other’s playing styles and sound qualities. It was exciting to encounter an orchestra in possession of what is often called “the Russian sound”, a dark warmth and richness that suits those iconic concert halls so well. In the second instance, some free days in Moscow allowed time to discover first-hand the amazing amount of musical and cultural activity taking place, and a fascinating insight into the everyday life of a city currently at the centre of worldwide interest and debate.”

 

Misha Mullov-Abbado recorded his debut album in March at Giant Wafer Studios, with the eminent Julian Joseph producing the tracks and featuring Misha’s full band (with some extras too!).

The album is set for release through Editions Records in autumn 2015, and will be followed by a national tour.

 See below some pictures from the week’s recording!
For more information about Misha and the album, please visit: www.mishamullovabbado.com

Our interview this month is with Bridie Jackson and the Arbour ahead of their performance as part of CMF’s Rhyme & Reason concert series on Wednesday 8th April.

What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?
We had an absolutely amazing time performing at Glastonbury 2013, so that’s a highlight for all of us.

What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to?
We are performing with friends of ours, Tessera Skies, at Sage Gateshead on 22nd May as part of an Amazing Radio showcase gig. There’s also a few festivals coming up that we are really looking forward to, including Spitalfields Festival in June.

Do you have a favourite performer?
Although we have quite different musical tastes, there are a few artists we all really love, including Tune Yards. She is absolutely fantastic live, both musically and in the way she really puts on a show that’s engaging in every way.

What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?
All sorts. Bridie goes to a wide range of concerts, from opera to electro, Rachel likes to attend folk gigs and sessions, Carol never misses a Nick Cave concert, and Jenny tries see a lot of local emerging bands in Newcastle as we think it’s important to support the local scene.

How did you find out about the CMF and why did you decide to apply?
We were nominated by Ros Rigby from Sage Gateshead and it sounded like a great opportunity to get support for our future projects.

What are your hopes for the future?
We hope to spend the rest of this year working on new repertoire, with a view to bringing out a new album next year.

Finally, your 4 desert island discs?
Jenny- Paul Simon – Graceland
Rachel- Elbow- One Day Like This
Bridie- Sigur Ros- Hoppipola
Carol- Nick Cave – 15 feet of pure white snow

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