Uroboros Ensemble

Date - Saturday 23 March
6:00 pm The Warehouse

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uroborosUroboros Ensemble (London),
                conducted by Gwyn Pritchard

London Ear Festival 2013 continues its fourth day with this colourful concert by London’s own Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by festival director Gwyn Pritchard. The varied programme contains two world premieres of festival commissions: a meditative and evocative work from Robert David Rusconi, and a more abrasive piece from Johannes Hildebrandt. These are complimented by some sparkling shorter pieces from Italy, Norway and Britain. Uroboros Ensemble will also be performing the two finalists’ compositions for ensemble from the London Ear Festival International Composers’ Competition, selected by an international jury, who will also decide after the performance which piece wins 1st prize of £1000, plus publication and release of a recording, and which wins 2nd prize of £500.

Johannes Hildebrandt (DE)
Dreieck (LEF commission) **

Competition Finalist: Alastair Greig
Insecure Dances in Unstable Times **

Competition  Finalist: Talia Amar
When a dream becomes reality **

Andrea Cavallari (IT)
Ordine e Disordine

Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (NO)
Miniatures III *

James Clarke (GB)

Robert David Rusconi (GB)
Continuum (LEF commission) **

The concert will be preceded by a performance by children from Lambeth Music Service  of a piece devised by Emma-Jean Thackray, and developed in a wokshop project led by Rebecca Dixon and Catherine Burgis

Uroboros Ensemble (London) was formed in 1982, bringing together some of Britain’s most accomplished and best-known instrumentalists specialising in new music. It has performed extensively throughout Britain and abroad, and has appeared in many international festivals, and has made many recordings for radio, television and CD. The Ensemble’s primary commitment is to cultivating internationalism in music, allowing audiences around the world to embrace music and ideas from beyond their own national boundaries. Several distinguished composers have written pieces specially for Uroboros Ensemble and it has given numerous world and national premières, including music by Lutoslawski, Firsova, Finnissy, Ichiyanagi, Wuorinen, Stäbler, Ambrosini, and Woolrich. As well as commissioning new works Uroboros Ensemble is committed to giving further performances of contemporary pieces that have been unduly neglected. Uroboros Ensemble also promotes performances in Britain by other musicians sharing similar artistic concerns. Such ‘guests’ have included the outstanding Basel Soloists at the Huddersfield Festival, and most recently Modern Ensemble from Korea in London.