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...
Roxanna's "All Shall be Well" (combining ancient Polish plainsong and the famous words of comfort, from Julian of Norwich) is the title track on a new CD recorded by The Exultate Singers, just released on the Naxos label. Listen on Radio 3's The Choir with Aled Jones at 5pm on Sunday 3rd June - and at 09:04am on 6th June, on R3 Rob Cowan's "Essential CD of the Week". Her new Mag & Nunc for the Exultates has been ecstatically reviewed in the Tablet and on Bachtrack. You can hear them sing these Evening Canticles LIVE on the 22nd July at Worcester Cathedral.
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Available until 9th March on BBC iPlayer, click here (and scroll to 00:35:57) to hear Roxanna's latest premiere, Four World Seasons, with Tasmin Little and London Mozart Players, conducted by Gerard Korsten in the launch concert for Radio 3's Music Nation weekend, celebrating the 2012 Olympics.
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.