On 16th May 2015, the world premiere of Roxanna's "The Tablet of Your Heart" will take place at Westmisnter Cathedral, London. Commissioned by The Tablet Magazine for it's 175th anniversary, it will form part of a special mass to which anyone and everyone is welcome! 2pm start! See you there?
On Saturday 21st March, violinist Matthew Trussler and pianist Ashley Wass will premiere Roxanna's "Down the Rabbit Hole" - the first of 12 commissions in a fantastic multi-composer (inc. Sally Beamish, Stephen Hough & Elvis Costello) project, in aid of the Lenny Trussler Children's Foundation. Catch that rabbit at Guildford International Music Festival - more details here!
Roxanna's Dance of Life:Tallinn Mass (www.tallinnmass.com) will receive it's US premiere with the dynamic Choral Chameleon, Empire City Men's Chorus, Choir of St Paul's and St Paul's Orchestra at New York's DiMenna Center (Manhattan) and also stars the gorgeous Heather Meyer as"Life". Staged and choreographed by Natalie Greene, this promises to show Roxanna's working a light never previously seen... Be there or VERY SQUARE indeed! 8th and 12th March - more details & tickets here!
"... a wonderfully warm work of immense emotional sincerity interweaving two deeply-felt poems of lovers’ separations. Panufnik’s well-layered choral textures combined with adroit imagery from a tiny instrumental group to create a heart-stopping 10 minutes." So wrote Christopher Morely from the Birmingham Post, about "Since we Parted" commissioned and premiered beautifully by Jeffrey Skidmore CBE and Ex Cathedra on 31st January, 2015 - read more here.
Roxanna's next premiere is with Ex Cathedra on 31st January, 2015, at Birmingham's Town Hall (details and tickets: excathedra.co.uk/new-jerusalem/). "Since we Parted" is a hugely emotional work for choir and ensemble (starring the harp, of course!) about love between a couple separated by World War I. The concert will feature another world premiere with James MacMillan's "Seven Angels" - two premieres for the price of one!
On Sunday 30th June, the Panufnik Family and the Brodsky Quartet will co-host a fabulous festive day at London's King's Place, to celebrate Andrzej Panufnik's centenary year! Co-curated by pianist Clare Hammond and the Brodskys, a Warsaw Cabaret Evening with Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood & the Brodsky Quartet will round off a day of concerts, talks and film screenings. Come and join us for the party! More details: www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/curated-weeks/panufnik-100-a-family-celebration#.VFfCMUsTnnk
Super-pianist Tatiana Primak Khoury will give the Lebanese premiere of Polish folk-inspired Second Home (piano solo version) alongside other works including Rautavaara, Saygun and Chopin on 8th & 11th November at the Balamand University and Pierre Aboukhater Theatre (Beirut), respectively. Sounds like a fascinating evening!
Both The Independent on Sunday and The Observer have given Dreamscape 4 stars! Fiona Maddocks, in the latter, says: "This is intensely personal music-making, beautifully performed." Read the full article here.
Out on 3rd February, Roxanna's new Warner Classics CD DANCE OF LIFE Tallinn Mass has already been receiving rave reviews (click HERE to read her favourite!) - go to www.tallinnmass.com for further details, videos and where to buy!
On Tuesday 7th January the Concordia Foundation will present VOCES8 singing Roxanna's Zen Love Song live to the background of VJ Mischa Ying's animation of the piece. The Eastern-themes concert will take place at St Martin's-in-the-Fields in Central London. Click here for more details.
VOCES8 will be premiering Roxanna's new setting of an ethereally beautiful poem by Jennifer Powers, alongside a new multi-national "Happy Christmas" fanfare at a seasonal concert in St Bartholomew the Great Church, West Smithfield, London on 2nd December 2013. Tel: 020 7553 4000 for tickets - also on sale at the door.
Read the full seenandheard-international.com review of the Cheltenham Festival performance by clicking here!
On 18th April 2013, Mark Eager & Welsh SInfonia will give the WP of Roxanna's Orchestrapaedia (which mirrors Britten's Young Person's Guide - but with a twist...) at the RWCMD in Cardiff. Each instrument's variation takes on an anthropomorphic character which has been illustrated by Roxanna's artist brother Jem Panufnik (click here to see some of the pics) - these wonderful illustrations will be projected above the orchestra through out the performance. Co-commissioned by Welsh Sinfonia and Cheltenham Music Festival, the piece will receive another performance at Cheltenham Festival on 7th July.
A new disc of multi-faith choral music on the theme of love Love Abide (Warner Classics & Jazz) by Roxanna is now here - and available on iTunes and amazon (.com & .co.uk), just in time to make a perfect Valentine's gift!
On 7th December, at St John's Smith Square, super-choir Chappelle de Roi will premiére my reworking of Hermann the Lame's soothing plainsong hymn Alma Redemptoris Mater - along with other works new and old, by Hugill, Tallis, Victoria, Burges, Sheppard, O'Neil, Palestrina, Pitts, Gurrero, Braid and Mudge. Click HERE for more info and tickets.
The Song of Names was premiered FANTASTICALLY by the trebles of St David's Cathedral, Portsmouth Grammar School Choir and the London Mozart Players on Rememberance Sunday (11th November 2012) at St David's Cathedral Portsmouth with baritone soloist Nigel Cliffe singing his beautiful heart out! And conductor Nicholas Cleobury steered the ship admirably, keeping the many different forces in line and drawing their best from them. Click here to read the Portsmouth News review.
Click here to watch and hear the first take of Roxanna's "Zen Love Song" with exquisite VOCES8 and out-of-this-world shakuhachi player Kiku Day and here to watch the dynamic London Oratory School Schola and Colla Voce Singers sing up a Sufi storm in "Love is the Master" with conductor Lee Ward and the London Mozart Players. These will be tracks 2 and 6 of LOVE ABIDE CD coming out on Warner Classics 29th January 2013 in the US and 4th February 2013 in the UK. www.loveabide.com More to follow...