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
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.
Financial Times review of the London concert.
The Guardian review of the London concert.
“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.
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.
An 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]
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.
Today was the first performance of “Lighten our Darkness” at Oslo Cathedral with the Norwegian National Youth Choir, with thanks to their director Tone Bianca Dahl.
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.
The quartet New York Polyphony performed works from their Tudor City CD at their London debut at Cadogan Hall.
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.
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.