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'franz': LPO Premiere in the presence of royalty by Nathan James Dearden

Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018 Summer Gala, franz recieved its world premiere last night at the City of London's Guildhall, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent KG.

This new set of fanfares for brass ensemble recieved their first performance (conducted by the composer) in the Old Library and Great Hall at the City of London's Guildhall, with around 300 special guests, sponsors and donors of the orchestra in attendance. Special gratitude goes to Paul Beniston (trumpet i), Anne McAneney (trumpet ii), Cameron Johnson (trumpet iii), David Pyatt (horn), Mark Templeton (trombone) and Lee Tsarmaklis (tuba) for their performance and invaluable input.

The LPO's annual Summer Gala this year celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the orchestra's Education & Community Programme, one of the first orchestra's in the UK to place their education and outreach work front-and-centre of their output. In honour of this, all elements of the orchestra's outreach-based activities were represented, from the Young Artist's Scheme to Foyles Future First programme, 100 Hours initiative to the Open Ear Orchestra, plus not least the the highly-acclaimed Young Composer's programme which Nathan was selected for in their 2016-17 cohort.

For three decades the London Philharmonic Orchestra has taken itself off the concert platform and into the community, driven by the desire to share the power and wonder of orchestral music with everyone. On this Gala evening Vladimir Jurowski, the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, will conduct special guest artists in a spectacular performance that also showcases some of the inspirational educational work that goes on day to day, week to week.

For more information about the Gala itself or the work of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, please CLICK HERE

New Collaboration sponsored by #Vote100 Suffrage 2018 by Nathan James Dearden

New collaboration between composer Nathan James Dearden and acclaimed flautist Carla Rees has recieved sponsorship from #Vote100 Suffrage 2018.

Over the coming year Nathan will work closely with Honorary Research Associate, Dr Carla Rees (Royal Holloway University of London, Royal College of Music; internationally-acclaimed flautist) on a project that marries famous speeches on matters of suffrage and enfranchisement with live music performance specially commissioned for the project (and directly relating to the speech inflections in the recording).

Through a series of pop-up events featuring Carla Rees, live raw/secondary recordings of speeches plus new works by students from the Royal Holloway University of London Department of Music, six speeches on matters concerning Human Rights, Equal Rights and LGBTQ+ Rights will be presented at Royal Holloway and taking the talent across the country in venues in Lincoln, Cardiff and central London. The speeches incorporated into this project include Eleanor Roosevelt (‘The Struggle for Human Rights; 1948), Emily Wilding Davison (Personal Account of being forcibly fed in Holloway Prison; 1912), Rory ‘Panti’ O’Neill (‘All the little things’; 2014), Elie Wiesel (‘The Perils of Indifference’; 1999) Elizabeth Nyamayaro (‘An invitation to men who want a better world for women’; 2015) and Martin Luther King (Honorary Doctorate Speech at Newcastle University; 1967).

The project will culminate in a late-night event at Royal Holloway University of London on 9 March 2018, as part of Suffrage 2018 events.

Nathan James Dearden is announced as the inaugural recipient of the Paul Mealor Award for Young Composers by Nathan James Dearden

Nathan James Dearden is announced as the inaugural recipient of the Paul Mealor Award for Young Composers.

Awarded by Wales' forefront organisation for the promotion of music-making, the Welsh Music Guild, Nathan has been invited to the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Bodedern (Anglesey) on 5 August 2017 where he will be presented the award. The Paul Mealor Award was established by the Patron of the Welsh Music Guild, internationally-renowned composer Professor Paul Mealor to identify, encourage and support young Welsh composers. Award recipients will be given a commission to write a work for a world-leading performer and/or ensemble to be performed at a major festival in the UK.

The inaugural award in 2017 will be an opportunity to write a song cycle for renowned baritone, Jeremy Huw Williams.

What is the Welsh Music Guild?

Founded by John Edwards in 1955, the Welsh Music Guild (formerly the Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music) ultimately grew out of the Welsh Recorded Music Society which was founded by him in 1948.The Welsh Music Guild is established for the purpose of advancing the education of the public by encouraging the understanding and appreciation of the music of composers of Welsh origin and the composers of any nationality resident in Wales. The Guild will also encourage a high level of performance practice and foster awareness and observation of professional issues within Wales and to this end will encourage performers and musicologists to take an active role in workings of the Guild.

Nathan James Dearden commissioned and featured by Choir & Organ magazine by Nathan James Dearden

Rhinegold's Choir and Organ magazine annouce Nathan James Dearden as their featured composer for their May/June edition.

In collaboration with Rupert Gough and the Choir of Royal Holloway, Nathan has been commissioned to write a new work for online publication and a world premiere during the magazine's May/June edition. Nathan will also be interviewed on his work as a musician and the new work specifically.

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

What is Choir & Organ's New Music Series?

New Music is a series of specially commissioned pieces for choir or organ written by some of the most talented young composers around.

In every issue of Choir & Organ magazine, you’ll find a profile of the composer providing an insight into the new work. Here on the New Music web page you’ll find the score in PDF format ready to download to your printer.

Scores are licensed for six months’ free use – you can print as many copies as you want – before the copyright reverts to the composer. After that date, copies must be ordered from the composer.

New Music brings cutting-edge yet approachable scores direct to your desktop. We hope that you’ll be inspired to perform them as widely as possible. Why not download the latest score now?

For 2017, we are pleased to join forces with Royal Holloway, University of London, as our New Music partners. All the premieres of the four choral works and two organ pieces will be given at times and venues to be announced.

Maggie Hamilton Editor, Choir & Organ