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NYC premiere of Nowel: Awake and Rise

by Joseph Rogers
NYC premiere of Nowel: Awake and Rise
<center>Extraordinary night last night with GRAMMY(R) nominees New York Polyphony!<center></center></center>

Leading New York arts organization, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, presents New York Polyphony in concert featuring the premiere performance of Nowel: Awake and Rise, commissioned specially for this occasion

Success for UK premiers of “Requiem”

by Joseph Rogers
Success for UK premiers of “Requiem”

The “A Norwegian Requiem” tour visited the Sage in Gateshead, LSO St Luke’s in London, and St George’s Bristol. The performers were Wells Cathedral School Choralia and their director Christopher Finch, Arve Henriksen (trumpet and electronics) and Ståle Storløkken (keyboards). The were joined by the 80-strong LSO Community Choir (director David Lawrence) for the London concert.

A Norwegian Requiem is produced by sounduk.

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Financial Times review of the London concert.

The Guardian review of the London concert.

Wonderful Composer

by Joseph Rogers

“Andrew is a really wonderful composer…he is able to capture what is really beautiful about the starkness of some of the early medieval music that we sing.” Geoffrey Williams, New York Polyphony, Minnesota Public Radio, December 6, 2011

In focus: Andrew Smith, on New York Polyphony’s Spotlight

Interview with WBFO and Vocalis Chamber Choir’s “Triumph & Majesty,” June 1, 2012

NPR: New Classical Tracks: Music from England’s House of Tudor and Manhattan’s East Side, June 15, 2010

“…complemented by Andrew Smith’s beautiful, post-medieval meditations on this extraordinary music…” A review by James Potter of New York Polyphony’s London Debut at Cadogan Hall, 23rd March 2012.

Requiem Premiere

by Joseph Rogers
Requiem Premiere

Sunday 4 November saw the premiere of my “Requiem” for equal voices, organ, and improvising trumpet. The performance took place in Vår Frue church in the beautiful city of Trondheim in mid Norway. The performers were the Nidarosdomen Girls’ Choir, Magne H. Draagen (organ) and Arve Henriksen (trumpet/electronics), directed by Anita Brevik.

 

Requiem_preview-150x150An audience of over 400 gave the concert a standing ovation. It was an overwhelming experience and I’m very grateful to all those involved! Thanks also to Arts Council Norway for financing the commissioning of the work. [Click on the thumbnail for the press preview]

Published Christmas Carols

by Joseph Rogers
Published Christmas Carols

I’m very happy to announce the publishing of “7 norske julesanger” (7 Norwegian Christmas Carols) by Musikk-Husets Forlag. Click on the image for more information.

A week in Buffalo, USA

by Joseph Rogers

Just back from a tremendous week in Buffalo, New York state, for the premiere performance of “Venite laudemus dominum”, commissioned by Vocalis Chamber Choir, with their excellent director James Burritt.

NYP and the Trio

by Joseph Rogers

I have just returned from New York and the first performance of Mater Dei, a cycle of pieces developed from the Mother of God project, performed by the outstanding male vocal quartet New York Polyphony and organist Robert McCormick. NYP’s debut disc (see previous entry) has already received stunning reviews, including this one at Classics Today.com. A new piece for mixed choir, Stabat Mater, was premiered by the Grammy-nominated Ensemble 96 (Oslo) with their conductor Kjetil Almenning. The piece is due for publication at Norsk Musikforlag (Norway). Oxford University Press are about to launch their new collection of Flexible Anthems which includes my contribution There is no rose. Meanwhile Trio Mediæval are on the road to launch their new disc Folk Songs.

Bergen International Festival

by Joseph Rogers

It has been announced that Trio Mediaeval are to be performers in residence at the 2007 Bergen International Festival.
Their appearances will include a concert with the popular Tord Gustavsen Trio, a performance of medieval and contemporary works with video projections by the Danish video artist Signe Klejs, and a joint concert with the Hilliard Ensemble including the world premier of my Laudes creaturarum commissioned for the occasion.