Announcing the new release of the second instalment of the Toccata recordings of Stephen Dodgson's music for winds, performed by the Magnard Ensemble, combining Dodgson's sense of fun and an occasional spiky vivacity with hints of Baroque formality but also a particularly English strain of lyricism.
We are delighted to announce the new video recordings – a joint venture by the Cherubim Trust and Stephen Dodgson Charitable Trust – of Stephen Dodgson’s Cello Partita and his Duo for Cello and Guitar. Both videos were especially recorded in the late composer’s house. Do enjoy and share the recordings below! Cello Partita Duo for Cello and Guitar No related posts.
It was a memorable and hugely enjoyable evening and, perhaps, the first of many new performances of this fine work by a fine composer and musician. There was without exception very fine singing and playing... and the audience’s reception was of uninhibited enthusiasm.
An excellent disc in which the three piano trios are the stars, the performance of these works by the Bernard Roberts Piano Trio is all that you could wish for, with a strong sense of ensemble playing throughout leading to wonderful performances... and the Music for Winds a splendid disc, one which is expertly performed throughout by the Magnard Ensemble.
This is a fine companion disc to volume one, one which provides further proof that Stephen Dodgson was an accomplished composer for the piano, whilst the playing of Bernard Roberts is excellent once again.... Another wonderful disc that all fans of the music of Dodgson will want
The music on these two discs conveys a spirit of grown-up charm, clarity, bell timbres, catchy rhythmic cells and gamelan fertility... On the technical side we get first class piano sound. The project is lifted by the great artistry of Bernard Roberts – excellent both in the articulation of much dazzling fast music and in probing the poignant heart of the more reflective sections.
It feels incredibly special to have had this concerto written for me. It actually also turned out to be Stephen’s last composition, and so it is even more of an honour to be the recipient and to have had the chance to work on it with him. I have since gone on to perform various other new works, but this concerto will always be my most treasured commission.
One of London’s newest young professional choirs Inchant and harpist Anwen Mai Thomas, led by conductor Emma Warren, host a relaxed evening of Christmas music, both traditional and contemporary. The event, which includes Stephen Dodgson’s two upper-voice carols Falan-Tiding and The Running Carol (from his ‘Christmas Collection’), takes place in the atmospheric Grade-II listed Belsize Community Library🌀 Over the course of the evening, we’ll hear three 20-25 minute sets of festive music: 🎶 Set 1: a capella choral music with Inchant 🎶 Set 2: harp music with Anwen Mai Thomas 🎶 Set 3: Inchant and Anwen join forces to perform ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ by Benjamin[...]
Award-winning choir Sonoro and special guest Andy Hamilton – one of Britain’s best-loved performers and writers – present an evening celebrating the joy of Christmas with festive choral favourites, new settings of traditional texts, and beautiful arrangements of familiar melodies. Featuring Stephen Dodgson’s beautiful miniature Winter for upper voices and music by Rutter, Howells, McDowall, Lauridsen, and the world premiere of Winter Nights by Michael Higgins. Carol Barnett Angelus ad virginam William Mathias A babe is born arr. John Rutter Wexford Carol Herbert Howells A spotless Rose Cecilia McDowall There is no rose Martin Bussey Balulalow Adolphus Hailstork The Lamb arr. Robert Lucas Pearsall In dulci jubilo Michael Higgins Winter nights (world premiere) Bob Chilcott Nova! nova! arr. Suzzie Vango Gaudete Stephen Dodgson Winter Morten Lauridsen O magnum[...]
Award-winning choir Pegasus and a stellar group of instrumentalists and soloists open the Barnes Music Festival with a concert that pairs Bach and Stephen Dodgson’s Magnificats, ahead of Dodgson’s centenary on 17th March, conducted by Festival Director James Day. Tickets will be available via the Barnes Music Festival website.
The versatile chamber ensemble Karolos perform Stephen Dodgson’s String Trio no. 2 at the Conway Hall alongside a selection of works by Bach, Schubert and Mozart. Renowned for the energy and vitality of their concerts as well as their extraordinary musicianship, they perform a broad repertoire ranging from classics to recent commissions. The group previously recorded the trio along with a number of Dodgson works to great acclaim. “a dynamic, virtuoso chamber collective of first-rate players.” Gramophone Magazine Programme Schubert – String Trio in B flat D471 Bach – arr. Mackenzie: Sinfonia No.3 in C minor BWV788 Bach – arr. Mackenzie: Sinfonia[...]
Tenor James Gilchrist and guitarist Mark Eden will be performing a selection of Stephen Dodgson guitar songs at St Mary’s Church in Arkengarthdale at 4pm on Wednesday 29 May 2024 as part of the Swaledale Festival. The programme will also include music by Dowland, Schubert and Alec Roth. James Gilchrist is a leading interpreter of Oratorio and Song, especially the German and English repertoire. He is internationally renowned as one of the evangelists in Bach’s passions and oratorios and maintains an ongoing interest in older music, regularly performing as a soloist with viol consorts, lutenists and period pianos. Mark Eden is better known as one[...]
The Magnard Ensemble and a cast of soloists perform Stephen Dodgson’s short chamber opera Cadilly alongside his Gipsy Songs at Conway Hall. Cadilly, based on one of the Tales from the Fens by W. H. Barrett, tells the story of a beautiful woman and ‘willing maid’ who is loved by the scholars, their tutors and the townsmen alike but jailed for ‘immoral behaviour’! A vibrant and comic piece. Programme Dodgson – Sonata Gipps – The Lady of the Lambs Vaughan Williams – Ten Blake Songs for Soprano and Oboe Arnold – Three Shanties Dodgson – Cadilly Pre-concert talk – 5.30pm Concert – 6.30pm Tickets will be available via the[...]