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As a CMF Artist, Joseph is able to complete a specific project of his choosing with the support of CMF. The result of this endeavour has been Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music. As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Roald Dahl, the Magnard Ensemble is joined by actress Rebecca Kenny to tour XX UK festivals from 14 May 2016, bringing to life the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs as imagined by Dahl in his collection of 1982 poems Revolting Rhymes.
The music has been adapted especially for the Ensemble by one of the leading British composers, Paul Patterson, from his orchestral works of the same name. The programme is completed by Martin Butler’s setting of Dahl’s collection of poems, Dirty Beasts.
A day of workshops, discussions and performances on 1 June at the Camden Forge, London serves as a launch for the project. In the morning, the Magnard Ensemble will host a family workshop, drawing on the work of Patterson and Butler, to encourage families to delve further into Roald Dahl’s characters and create their own works for wind and percussion. The afternoon sees a discussion of the development of the music with both composers, as well as Donald Sturrock, head of Roald Dahl Music. The launch day is completed with a full performance of both works.
Many of the dates on the tour carry a similar format with workshops and opportunities for crafts. A series of education events compliment the tour, both in local schools and arts organisations, using the works as the basis for compositional workshops, education sessions and children’s concerts.
The Magnard Ensemble have recorded Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music, due for release on 18th September 2016, on Orchid Classics. It is the first time chamber arrangements of Patterson’s settings of Dahl’s work have been recorded and will form the centrepiece of a disc.
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The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet were chosen as CMF Artists in 2014 and have since taken great steps to progress together as professionals in the difficult world that is the music industry.
As part of the CMF Business Mentoring Programme KSQ have attended numerous workshops with leading figures within the City of London. Topics discussed range from; marketing, setting aims and objectives, organisational skills, managing finances, negotiating fees, contracts, presentation and communication skills, networking, and dealing with stress. From this KSQ have been able to understand that to be successful in an ensemble requires them to function effectively as a self-sufficient business. The CMF Business Mentoring Scheme provides the tools and insights needed for this.
Consequently, through the support of CMF KSQ have chosen to embark on a pivotal part in any musician’s life, the creation of their first album, Oil. KSQ have worked with CMF to commission new works by young professional artists as part of their album. As well as that they have been given the opportunity to compose, perform and record the type of music that they want to play. Owing to the support of CMF, they have been able to curate their own album, exploring new sounds and textures in order to push their artistic boundaries and create something that is entirely theirs.
As part of the CMF Artistic Mentoring Scheme, CMF Artists are also assigned an artistic mentor, someone within the music industry itself who can guide them. Their artistic mentor, saxophonist John Harle has played a huge part in the making of this album and has, not only been a great guide artistically but also with the intricacies of the business.
Being a CMF Artist has allowed all this to be possible, it has allowed KSQ to have artistic control over, not only what and how they play, but down to the design and overall aesthetic of their album. Two members of the quartet, Ian Dingle and John Rittipo-Moore have collaborated on a number of tracks on the album, including the titular Oil with music by Moore accompanied by a newly-commissioned film by Dingle. For the lead up to their album launch, KSQ performed as part of the CMF 2016 concert series on Friday 13th May incorporating image and music in a truly innovative performance, the likes of which CMF has not seen before. The concert was a success with many commenting on Moore’s and Dingle’s original works and the performance of the quartet as a whole including Sally MacTaggart and Guy Passey.
KSQ will officially launch their album on 4th July at Islington Metal Works, for more information and tickets please click here.
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