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For the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, Steptoe has set four of Shakespeare's sonnets to music. The world premiere took place on May 23rd 2014 with the Welsh baritone, Jeremy Huw Williams, the Orchestra of the Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, conducted by the orchestra's Artistic Director and chief conductor, David Curtis. Steptoe gives a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.
The Welsh premiere is also with Jeremy Huw Williams. The Welsh Chamber Orchestra with Anthony Hose, conductor, will perform the sonnets on May 29th 2014 in the closing concert of the Beaumaris Festival in North Wales. Roger Steptoe gives a Festival Plus One Talk at 3pm in the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, Beaumaris.
The work will also be available in a voice and piano version. Performances by Jeremy Huw Williams planned to date in the late Autumn of this year include Florida, Los Angeles and Aberdeen. Both versions are to be published by Editions BIM.
For all current performance details of the voice and orchestral version see this PRS page.
A 2013 PRS for Music Foundation Award 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.
Roger Steptoe was featured in a two-page article in the monthly Brive Magazine in February 2014.
Steptoe’s latest brass work was premiered by the New York Chamber Brass at the prestigious Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York State on Thursday 15 May at 4pm. This 11-minute work for two trumpets, horn and tenor trombone is dedicated to the memory of British composer, Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012).
15 – 18 August inclusive
As Artistic Director of this prestigious French chamber music festival, Roger Steptoe has succeeded in programming another enterprising and varied long weekend.
With ‘Transatlantic’ as the theme, the festival starts a musical voyage in Berlin in 1714, passes through London, Paris and New York before arriving in Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Four premieres are featured alongside tangos, opera, chamber music and brass quintets. The popular Festival Off runs throughout the weekend with a wide range of free events in the cafés, restaurants and hotels in the medieval old town. The library hosts a month-long exhibition based on the festival’s theme of voyage and capital cities in music.
Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary is not forgotten and is celebrated by a new work from the British composer, Joseph Phibbs, who has also composed a festival fanfare to open the first night. Argentinian composer, Tomas Bordalejo*, has composed two works – for bandoneon and violon, and for solo piano. The two composers are in conversation with Brive Conservatoire pianist and teacher, Benoit Quiniou.
Artists: Cuivres du sud (Clément Formatche & Camille Jarrety : trumpets,
Cédric Muller : horn, Aymeric Fournes : trombone, and Pierrick Fournes : tuba).
Quatuor Caliente (Michel Berrier : violon, Gilberto Pereyra : bandoneon,
Cedric Lorel : piano, Nicolas Marty : contrebasse).
Eileen Hulse : soprano, Philip Sheffield : tenor, Jeremy Huw Williams : baritone, Paul Beynet : piano, Ian Gallan : actor.
Quatuor Varèse* (Francois Galichet et Jean-Louis Constant: violons,
Sylvain Seailles : alto, Thomas Ravez : violoncelle)
Guillaume Vincent* : piano
*winners of the 2013 Fondation d’entreprise Banque Populaire awards, Paris.
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A new one movement 8-minute work will be published Editions BIM in July 2014.
The premiere is scheduled for May 2015 in a recital to be given by Michael Matthes on the newly-restored organ at St Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, New York. This will be opening concert on this refurbished instrument. The French premiere will be at La Madeleine, Paris, followed by Troyes Cathedral.
Steptoe’s second opera is being commissioned by the US University of Notre-Dame, Indiana. Lesley Fernandez-Armesto’s libretto is based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It to honour the 400th anniversary of his death. This is the first time a composer will have based an opera on Shakespeare's famous comedy.
The five performances will take place in late April 2016 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre-Dame.
With more than 13 new works already in print with this international 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.
The Four Shakespeare Sonnets for baritone and string orchestra are now available in full score. Parts can be hired from Editions BIM.
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