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Gary Carpenter featured in First Night of the Proms / July 12 2015

Gary Carpenter featured in First Night of the Proms

The world\'s premiere music festival the BBC Proms starts on Friday 17th July and features a brand new commission by Gary Carpenter entitled Dadaville.

It was inspired by the Max Ernst artwork of the same name at the Tate, Liverpool and is bound to open the season with a bang!

The concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is also shown on BBC Two. If you can\'t catch either then it will be available on the BBC iPlayer.

Singing Shakespeare / January 30 2014

Gary Carpenters exciting new commission from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Gary Carpenter has been commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to write four books of Shakespeare settings for choir and piano to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth in 2014 and the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

Here is the whole press release.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust launches Singing Shakespeare Project with World Premieres

A concert taking place in the Church in which William Shakespeare was christened and is buried will launch a new three year global singing project by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to mark the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth in 2014 and the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

Directed by David Wordsworth, Singing Shakespeare will inspire choirs from all over the world to perform new and existing musical settings of Shakespeare, and to take part in the anniversaries in 2014 and 2016. The launch concert will take place on 24th April at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, and is generously supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. It will form part of the town’s annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations and will feature the world premiere of a new work by award-winning composer Gary Carpenter, as well as the world premiere of a new arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Fear No More’ (Cymbeline Act 4 Scene 2), a song taken from his early musical ‘The Frogs’ and arranged with the composer’s permission for SATB* choir by David Wordsworth. Gary Carpenter’s first book of Shakespeare Songs has been commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) and the Friends of the SBT.

The concert will include performances by the Stratford-upon-Avon Chamber Choir, Holy Trinity Church Choir and Cantare, a newly formed chamber choir based in Stratford. They will sing a collection of Shakespeare settings under their own Music Directors (Stephen Dodsworth, Benedict Wilson and Matthew Smallwood respectively) and will join together under the baton of David Wordsworth to perform Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’ – an iconic musical evocation of a scene from the Merchant of Venice – as well as the new works by Sondheim and Carpenter.

Gary Carpenter is writing no fewer than four volumes of Shakespeare settings which will be published in four volumes and will include settings suitable for choirs of all abilities (two for SATB choirs and one each for high and low voice choirs). The other books will be premiered during the next twelve/eighteen months and, will be published by Cadenza Music between April 2014 and the end of 2015 and will be available for other choirs to perform during 2014-2016.

Singing Shakespeare will include on-line resources developed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for choirs, teachers and students, recordings of performances of Carpenter’s new works by choirs from all over the world, blogs and filmed masterclasses by choral directors and vocal experts, networking opportunities for singers and choirs, and an archive of performances sent in by choirs. The project will develop over the next three years to include a competition for young composers, the collecting/commissioning of new choral settings by young and established composers, as well as high profile performances of new and existing works.

Marion Morgan, Events Officer for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust says: “Music is a unifying art form and as shown by the success of projects such as Gareth Malone’s ‘Sing While You Work’, people quite simply love singing and many, many people all over the world belong to choirs. With Singing Shakespeare, we hope to encourage singers of all abilities, from anywhere and of any age to sing settings of Shakespeare, old and new. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is passionate about engaging with people and sharing the legacy of our greatest poet. Building relationships between the Trust and choirs (and also helping to nurture relationships between singers across the globe) through music is a wonderfully accessible way of fulfilling our commitment, highlighting Shakespeare’s works and maybe introducing them to new audiences.”

Gary Carpenter, commissioned composer, says: “Many of Shakespeare’s best-loved lyrics will be included but we will be on the lookout for the unusual, the fantastical, indeed the weird - for the Shakespeare that may never have been sung or hummed or whistled before. This exciting, ambitious large-scale project will be an enthralling adventure for all involved whether they be choir, musical director, pianist – or composer!”

David Wordsworth, artistic director of the project, says: “The two great loves of my life have always been words and choral music, so to bring these two passions together to celebrate perhaps the greatest of all writers seemed too good a chance to miss and I am enormously grateful to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for supporting this project from the very beginning. Although it was always my intention to include classic settings of Shakespeare, such as the Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’ (surely one of the most perfect combinations of words and music), central to the idea has always been the commissioning of new work and that a composer of Gary Carpenter’s experience readily agreed to respond to our first commission was good news indeed. To have his pieces sung for the first time by choirs from in and around Stratford will I know make the launch concert a very special event and pave the way for a fascinating voyage of discovery as we all take part in ‘Singing Shakespeare’.”

Tickets cost £12.00 (adults) and concessions £9 (children 5-17, students in full time education and over 60s). Book online at

For more information please contact Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell on 01789 207132/ 07824 137638 or email 2016.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends.

Joe Cutler Premiere / October 31 2013

Joe Cutler Premiere

The London premiere of Joe Cutler\'s For Frederick Lagnau will be given by The Workers Union Ensemble at LSO St Lukes in London on Saturday 9th November 2013.

The score of this work will be available shortly from our website.

Stephen Dodgson Memorial Concert / September 12 2013

Stephen Dodgson Memorial Concert

The Midst of Life:
A Hearty Celebration of the Life and Music of Stephen Dodgson,
in aid of the MAE Foundation, will take place on
Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at

St James`s Church
197 Piccadilly


The Tippett String Quartet
John Williams (guitar)
Maggie Cole (harpsichord)
Richard Harvey (recorder)
Zone 6 Brass Quintet
Benedict Cruft (violin)

and more... subject to availability.

The Tippett String Quartet, who have recorded all nine of Stephen Dodgson`s quartets, and John Williams, who has played his music for 57 years, lead this wide-ranging celebration of his life and work.

This celebration of Stephen Dodgson is raising funds for the MAE Foundation, which aims to provide musical instruments and music teaching to thousands of refugee children from Burma in the jungle refugee camps along the Thai border.

Mark David Boden is latest signing / June 01 2013

Exciting young Welsh composer Mark David Boden is the latest composer to sign to the Cadenza Music catalogue.

A multi award winner, his music has already received numerous performances from BBC NOW, the PM Ensemble and more and broadcasts on Radio 3.

The first work to be published, the Chaconne for String Orchestra is being performed in a 4 date tour of Wales by Sinfonia Cymru in early July

Stephen Dodgson dies aged 89 / April 13 2013

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Stephen Dodgson at the age of 89. Although he had suffered illness in recent years it was still somewhat unexpected.

Stephens` music is much loved throughout the world and he made hugely important contributions to the contemporary repertoires of numerous genres, especially those of unfashionable instruments such as the guitar and the harpsichord.

As a person he was enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive. Anyone familiar with the man or his music will have been enriched and his passing will leave a large void.

\"Men must forsake their source,
Wander and die
Only their art remains.....
From here and now
To all time
Let our proud music flow.\"

Text taken from London Lyrics

British Composer Awards / December 01 2012

Britis Composer Awards 2012

Congratulations to Patrick Nunn and Joe Cutler for their nominations for this years British Composer Awards sponsored by BASCA.

Patrick Nunns’ Pareidolia I has been nominated in the Sonic Arts category while Joe Cutlers’ Chanticleer and the Opera Fox is in the Vocal category. Good luck to them both! The winners will be announced at the ceremony on 3rd December and watch out for the broadcast soon on BBC Radio 3.

This year is the 10th Anniversary of the British Composer Awards and Cadenza Music composers have been very successful during this time. In a special concert to celebrate the 10th Anniversary at the Purcell Room on Wednesday 5th December Joe Cutler is again represented with “Folk Music” and Gary Carpenter with “Azaleas”.

Chamber Music 2000+ Collection / July 16 2012

Cadenza Music preferred publishing partner for Chamber Music 2000+ Collection

Cadenza Music are the new publishers for the exciting Chamber Music 2000+ Collection. The collection was devised by the Schubert Ensemble to provide challenging but technically accessible repertoire for young musicians and amateurs and to broaden awareness and performance of the work of Britain’s most successful and distinctive living composers.

A selection of works have been set as competition pieces for the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival Competition and are available immediately.

The complete collection now includes over 40 works and will be re-launched at a special recital in Kings Place, London in March 2013.

Email us for more details of available works or visit the Chamber Music 2000+ website

Gary Carpenter nominated for RPS Award / April 28 2012

Gary Carpenter\'s \"Piano Trio\" has been shortlisted in the Chamber Music Category of the Royal Philharmonic Societys Awards. The ceremony takes place at the Dorchester Hotel London on 8th May and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 13th May 2012.

New Composer signings / April 27 2012

New composer signings

We are delighted to announce that we have signed two major composers to the Cadenza Music catalogue in recent months. Philip Cashian and Joe Cutler are both highly respected and successful composers. Please see their individual webpages for more information

New Piano Concerto by Rob Keeley / April 27 2012

New Piano Concerto by Rob Keeley

The world premiere of Rob Keeley\'s \"Concerto for piano and 12 instruments\" takes place at the BBC Maida Vale Studios on 4th May 2012. Soloist Mary Dullea is joined by Lontano and their conductor Odaline de la Martinez. The performance is being recorded by BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast on \"Hear and Now\" on 12th May 2012.

Celebrating Gary Carpenter's 60th Birthday / October 30 2011

Liverpool are leading the celebrations for Gary Carpenter`s 60th birthday with a number of concerts in November.
On 10th November the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra give the world premiere of Gary`s Bassoon Concerto with soloist Alan Pendlebury and conductor Vasily Petrenko at the Philharmonic Hall.
Then on the 16th Ensemble 10/10 play Azaleas and the One Million Tiny Operas About Britain in what promises to be a very entertaining programme at the Cornerstone, Liverpool Hope University.

Two more premieres on 17th October! / October 11 2011

World premières aplenty this month with two Cadenza Music composers having first performances on the same evening.

“The Shard” a new orchestral overture by Stephen Goss will be performed by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, conductor Russell Keable at St John’s, Smith Square, London whilst across town at the Wigmore Hall the Fournier Trio perform Gary Carpenter’s Piano Trio.

Matthew King’s “Blue” premieres to great acclaim. / October 02 2011

The world premiere of Blue, a concerto for piano and orchestra by Matthew King took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 28th September 2011.

It was written for the blind musical savant Derek Paravicini and the Orchestra of St John’s conducted by John Lubbock. Using themes by Gershwin “Blue” is a muscular and virtuosic piece and is possibly the first concerto ever written for someone with profound learning difficulties. Derek had to learn the solo part completely by ear which is testament to his remarkable talents.

Another work by Matthew King is also received a world premiere on Saturday 1st October when the award winning Aurora orchestra performed “Velocity” at St John’s Church, Ashford in Kent. This is scored for 15 players with Big Band, Primary School Cellists and Children’s Choir.

LSO premiere for Gary Carpenter / January 31 2011

Gary Carpenter wrote \"Fred and Ginger\" for a commission by the London Symphony Orchestra under their UBS Soundscapes: Pioneers scheme. It receives its world premiere performance at the Barbican in London on 17th February 2011. This performance will also be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 25th February 2011.

The study score will be published shortly and the full orchestral materials are available to hire.

The Albeniz Concerto by Stephen Goss - New Recording / October 27 2010

Guitarist Xuefei Yangs` major new recording for EMI is to be released on 8th November 2010. It features The Albeniz Concerto a brand new guitar concerto by Stephen Goss as well as Rodrigos` Concierto de Aranjuez and solo works.

To coincide with the release of the CD we will be publishing The Albeniz Concerto on 8th November and it will be available as a study score or piano reduction. Be among the first to own this exciting new addition to the guitar concerto repertoire.

Rob Keeley signs to Cadenza Music / April 20 2010

We are delighted to announce that Rob Keeley is the latest composer to be signed by Cadenza Music.

The agreement will cover a range of Rob’s output, focussing initially on solo works and works for small chamber ensembles. The first two publications - “Etudes des Cloches” and “Two Ways of Looking at a Spider” are already available and more will be following shortly. Please visit Rob’s page (link) for more details.

Graham Caskie to record Chopin Concerto / April 18 2010

Exciting release to mark Chopins centenary celebrations

2010 is Chopin year and Cadenza Music will be celbrating this with an exciting new CD release by Graham Caskie.

He will be recording the Piano Concerto No 1 in an arrangement with string quartet and will be joined by the exciting young Badke Quartet.

Graham will also be joined on the disc by eminent British cellist Thomas Carroll to play the Cello Sonata, Chopins` final work.

To subscribe to the disc please email

New Concerto for Guitar by Stephen Goss / March 18 2010

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with soloist Xuefei Yang, gave the first performance of Stephen Goss`s Albéniz Concerto (2009) for guitar and orchestra in October 2009.

The work was commissioned by EMI Classics for a CD featuring Xuefei Yang and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra which will be released later this year.

The Study Score is now available for pre-order for imminent despatch.