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Roger Steptoe a Greenwich Pier, London, May 2013.
Photo Benoît Quiniou

''In a post-modern era often characterised by various aesthetic movements, it is especially enriching to encounter an artist like Roger Steptoe, who possesses a fresh and individual voice at once original, accessible and adventurous.''
The New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2000

''Son écriture, tout en affirmant l'independance d'un caractère original, ne renie rien de l'actuel contexte extraordinairement fécond, pas plus qu'il ne rejette les maîtres qui l'ont précédé et qui ne cessent de le nourrir.''
La Montagne, Centre France, Clermont-Ferrand

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Beyond Borders

One of eight 2013 PRS for Music Foundation Awards goes to Roger Steptoe

Alongside Judith Weir and Sally Beamish, Brian Irvine and Robert Jarvis, Evan Parker and Stan Sandell, Roger Steptoe is one of eight UK composers, ensembles and organisations to win a covetted PRS for Music Foundation Award.

The Beyond Borders award is open to all forms of music and its aim is to stimulate the creation and performance of new music across the four UK nations - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In total 38 nominations were received for 2013.

The offical PRS press release is downloadable here

A detailed descriptive is downloadable on the PRS Music Foundation website here.

Festival de Musique Classique d'Uzerche 2013

uzerche festival 2013

As Artistic Director of this prestigious French chamber music festival, Roger Steptoe programmed an enterprising and varied long weekend. He brought together 38 musicians under the umbrella of Francis Poulenc's 50th anniversary of his death this year and celebrated the composing of Poulenc's first acknowleged sacred music work, the Litanies à la Vierge Noire, in Uzerche in 1936.

Committed to supporting French music of all periods, and particularly by contemporary composers, Steptoe programmed 9 works by the distinguished French composer, Philippe Hersant, twice awarded Composer of the Year at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique.

Other contemporary music was represented by two newly-commissioned works by Martin Iddon, Head of School and Professor of Music and Aesthetics from Leeds University, a song cycle from Guy Sacre, and There is no Rose by Mark Shepherd.
Six award-winning young artists came from the Fondation d''entreprise Banque Populaire – French pianist Amandine Savary, Bulgarian percussionist Vassilena Serafimova, Russian cellist Dmitry Silvian, Franco-American violinist Virgil Boutellis Taft, French accordionist Vincent Lhermet, and the French pianist and conductor Victorien Vanoosten.

They were joined by Welsh baritone, Jeremy Huw Williams, French pianist, Billy Eidi, Oxford Voices, conductor Mark Shepherd with Anna Leon mezzo soprano, and Troyes Cathedral organist Michael Matthes. The Festival Ensemble was augmented by Valentin Favre, clarinet, Claire Bagot, oboe, Clément Formatche, trumpet, and Vivian Angelloz, bassoon.

The 2013 Uzerche Festival boasted a Poulenc world premiere. Souvenirs for cello and piano was composed in 1944 and is part of a little-known suite of pieces written for the play Le Voyageur sans bagage by Jean Anouilh.

The Festival 'Off' complimented the evening concerts with music in the cafés and restaurants, two percussion workshops for the young, and a chance to meet Philippe Hersant in interview with pianist and teacher, Benoit Quiniou, and to hear his works performed live.


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The Kreutzer Quartet performs Roger Steptoe’s String Quartet No. 3 at the University of York

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Sonata for trumpet and organ in Chichester, UK

 

sonata for trumpet and organ

Written for Graham Ashton and Christopher Jacobson and premiered in the National Cathedral of Washington DC in January 2009, the UK premiere is to given by Simon Desbruslais with organist David Maw in Chichester Cathedral on November 5th 2013.

"As with many of the most demanding works in our repertoire, the labor required to prepare Steptoe’s sonata is well worth the effort. The piece is harmonically gripping and unique, and while very challenging, is extremely approachable by modestly open-minded audience. Roger Steptoe’s sonata qualifies as a truly great new work for trumpet and organ."

International Trumpet Guild Journal. January 2013.
Brent Flinchbaugh, Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

New scores from Edition BIM

With 13 new works already in print with this Swiss publishing house, two further works are about to see the light of day. The Toccata for organ was written for Michael Matthes, organist at the Cathedral of Troyes, France. It is available on his most recent recital CD Xxème. The Motet for Stephen – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me – is for SATB and organ.

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New Projects 2013/2014

Four Shakespeare Sonnets for baritone and string orchestra (with version for baritone and piano)

For the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, Steptoe has set four of Shakespeare's sonnets to music. The world premiere is scheduled for May 23rd 2014 with the Welsh baritone, Jeremy Huw Williams, with the Orchestra of the Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, conducted by the orchestra's Artistic Director, David Curtis.

The Welsh premiere is also with Jeremy Huw Williams. The Welsh Chamber Orchestra with Anthony Hose, conductor, will perform the sonnets on May 28th 2014 as part of the Beaumaris Festival in North Wales.

The work will also be available in a voice and piano version. Both versions are to be published by Editions BIM.

For all current performance details see this PRS page.

Premieres

Spring Music 1 for brass quartet

Written for the New New York Chamber Brass (director, Graham Ashton) the premiere is scheduled for spring 2014 in New York.

Spring Music 2 for violin and piano

Is currently being composed for the Franco-American violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft for premiere in New York next spring.

Intrada for organ

The premiere is scheduled for next May in a recital to be given by Michael Matthes. on the newly-restored organ at St Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, New York.

Brive Dances

This work for string orchestra is commissioned by Brive-la-Gaillarde for premiere in Brive in 2015.

 

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All of Roger Steptoe's recent music (2003 onwards) is published exclusively by the Swiss publishing house, Editions BIM. All enquiries to order@editions-bim.com
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All other works of Roger Steptoe continue to be published by the UK publishing house, Stainer & Bell, London, UK. All enquiries to Caroline Holloway. caroline@stainer.co.ukstainer logo

For more information and to buy copies of the works mentioned on this website you are respectfully asked to contact the publishers concerned. Please see the works list for full details.