|1 May 2020|
|RGS Alumni News|
The composer’s latest CD of ‘Songs and Song Cycles’ has just been released on the Signum label and brings together a collection of premiere recordings of the composer’s songs and song cycles. The centrepiece of the disc is a recording of ‘Remember This’ – a cantata for soprano, tenor and piano quintet performed by Mary Bevan, Allan Clayton, the Carducci String Quartet and pianist, Graham J Lloyd. The linking ‘theme’ throughout the album is that ‘Love’ is eternal and that it transcends our earthly life. At this difficult time is hoped that the music may bring some consolation to those who listen.
Mr Venables’s work, the song cycle, ‘Through These Pale Cold Days’ was performed for the first time ever in Perrin’s Hall at RGS Worcester in 2016 to commemorate the First World War. Since then the work has been performed in America as well as across the UK.
The composer says that “…In the Grip of Their Season is a musical evocation of ‘trees’ and their life-affirming gift of renewal. I hope that this music will bring hopeful thoughts to mind at this difficult time?”
To listen to selected tracks on the album please click this link.
To buy this album go to Presto Music’s online shop.
This September, Hellens ‘English Music Weekend’ features Ian Venables’s Piano Quintet, which will be performed by Mark Bebbington and the Coull Quartet.
The RGS community congratulates Ian and we wish him well.