This new year is packed with performances and premieres both here in the UK and the US. 2012 also sees the start of a beautiful new relationship with London Mozart Players as their Associate Composer, kicking off with the world premiere of Four World Seasons - with violin supremo Tasmin Little. Other new pieces include Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis - a joint commission between St Mark's Episcopal Church (Philadelphia) and the Exultate Singers (from Bristol, performing in London). Then two anthems: Hymn to St Alfege for the millennium celebrations of this Saint's church in Greenwhich and the BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Joy at the Sound (with a vibrant new text from Roger McGough) from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. See Performance Schedule page for further premieres and performance details.
Over 1,000 people crammed into Tallinn's St John's Church, on Freedom Square, to hear Roxanna's new 55 minute Oratorio Tallinn Mass 'Dance of Life' (including the Latin Mass and 19 poems in Estonian by Doris Kareva and Jürgen Rooste). After an unnerving minute's silence at the end of the piece, the audience rose to give a lengthy standing ovation to all involved. If you would like to hear the 55 minute work streamed in Estonian National Radio until 6th August (piece starts at about 15'12"), click here.
Roxanna has been appointed London Mozart Players' first ever Associate Composer, 2012 - 15. Please go to www.lmp.org for further details.
Roxanna's Schola Missa de Angelis, which we first heard accompanied by brass octet last year, receives its Scottish premiere at St Aloyisius Church in Glasgow, on 5th March. It's the first outing for a new version with string orchestra and will be performed by its commissioners, the London Oratory School Schola and conducted by Lee Ward. Admission free, with retiring collection. Click here for further information.
Click here to hear Roxanna's latest premiere online - The Call is a new carol commissioned by St John's College, Cambridge, for their Advent service which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. You'll know it's hers because it's the only one with a harp...
Listen to 4 hours of Roxanna (music and speech) on Thursday 28th October at www.kusc.org (classical fm 91.5), 7pm to midnight Los Angeles time (a bit of an early start for us Europeans!) - it's all in there...
In what is thought to be the first new plainsong mass in over 60 years (since Duruflé's Requiem of 1947), Roxanna has used the famous Missa de Angelis as a basis for the London Oratory School Schola's new mass which will be premiered on 7th May 2010 at St James's Church, Spanish Place, London accompanied by brass octet. There will be two versions available - this choral (also in an organ version) and a congregational one which will be pared down to something everyone can sing at their weekly masses. Come and hear the angels - click here to buy tickets.
Hold on! We haven't had Spring yet! Nevertheless, Roxanna's latest addition to her new Four Seasons series for über-violinist Tasmin Little will be Indian Summer. Based on Northern Indian traditional music, it is loosely structured as a Raga using four different indigenous modes and slightly Bhangra-ized tabla (Indian drums) rhythms. The new work will be premiered with Tasmin and the Orchestra of the Swan on 28th April 2010 at Birmingham Town Hall. A second performance is scheduled on 28th May 2010 at the Spring Sounds Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Click here to buy tickets.
In her 4th collaboration with one of the UK's favourite poets Wendy Cope, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, under the baton of Paul Hillier, will premiere her "Two Poems by Wendy" at Cork International Choral Festival (the commissioners) on 30th April 2010. the homeless hammer and Some Rules include plenty of opportunity for the choir to act and the conductor is also required to sing a couple of (very) short solos... Click here to buy tickets.
Catch Roxanna's traditional Polish Carol arrangement on Christmas Eve at 4pm (Eastern Time), in a live webcast from St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, by clicking here.
Click here to listen to Roxanna's recent interview with Classic fM podcast supremo Bob Jones!
Roxanna’s “Stay with Me” is now available on a new CD “Padre Pio PRAYER” with sensational choir The Sixteen, on their own “Coro” label (COR16071). The disc also includes settings of the same prayer by Will Todd and James MacMillan – and further works by all three composers. A rave review can be found in the current GRAMOPHONE Magazine (highlights of this can be found on this site’s REVIEWS page).
Roxanna was interviewed by Radio New Zealand for their “Composer of the Week” programme – it’ll be broadcast on the 15th of March at 9am and again on the 16th at 7pm (NZ time). Frequencies are on our website here. Meanwhile, anyone else can hear it here.
"That Mighty Heart" for mezzo and piano will be premiered alongside songs by 99 other British composers in a remarkable new project from the NMC. It's new Songbook CD will be launched with 4 concerts containing all these songs at King's Place (London) between 1st - 4th April. For further details of Roxanna's performance (1st April) click here.
The Endellion String Quartet have commissioned Roxanna to write music to go alongside new poems by Wendy Cope about characters you'd find in a typical concert audience. With The Traditionalist, The Radical, The Cougher and The Drinker there will be something for (or about!) everybody. The piece will be toured around several major UK festivals this Spring and Summer - details to follow....
...further Seasons for Tasmin Little & Orchestra; a new plainsong mass for Schola, the choir of London Oratory; more songs for Tenor, horn and piano commissioned by the Temple Music Foundation; song cycle for Patricia Rozario accompanied by San Francisco über-choir Chanticleer and a large-scale work for Narrator & Ensemble with Mobius.
No, no, NO friends and colleagues - I have not decided to have a 4th child but am delighted to announce that I have moved publishers from Universal Edition to Peter's Edition. See CONTACT page for more details.
The choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street (New York) will be performing Westminster Mass as part of their Christmas Eve service - this will be available to listen live (10am their time) or on demand, online at www.trinitywallstreet.org.
World Orchestra for Peace has commissioned Roxanna to adapt her interfaith violin concerto “Abraham” into a shorter orchestral prelude entitled “Three Paths to Peace”. Valery Gergiev will be conducting the world premiere in Jerusalem on 19th October 2008. WOP was founded in 1995 by Sir Georg Solti to reaffirm, in his words, 'the unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace'. Its players come from orchestras all over the world, from Tiblisi to Texas - many of them concert masters and section leaders in their own right