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
London Oratory School's fabulous choir "Schola" are in the process of making two CDs entirely of Roxanna's choral music. The first one which contains the chamber version of Westminster Mass (with organ, bells and 1 harp) and previously unrecorded works for upper voices (Ave Maria, The Spirit of the Saints) as well as some SATB pieces (including a new arrangement of Sleep, little Jesus, Sleep with organ and harp accompaniment) will be released in late Spring 2009. Further details to follow about the 2nd CD which will be made in the Spring 2009...