Roxanna Panufnik is one of the country’s best known and loved composers, and is widely celebrated for both her choral writing and for her distinctive catalogue of orchestral pieces.

On 26 March, the American choir Chanticleer will give the world premiere of ‘Let Me In’, a work about Jesus’s childhood with words by Jessica Duchen. Matthew Oltman conducts at the Cathedral of Christ in the Light, Oakland, California with further performances in the San Francisco area on 27 and 31 March, and 1 April.

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain will perform their commission ‘We are the Music-Makers’ on 17 April, conducted by Mike Brewer at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. For this work, Roxanna will be working once again with Duchen, who has updated Alfred Shaughnessy's well-known text.

Roxanna will travel to Tallinn on 30 June for the premiere of her ‘Tallinn Mass: Dance of Life’, cantata for soprano (Patricia Rozario), narrator and multiple choirs (Estonian TV & Radio Girls Choir, Tallinn University Choir, Tallinn Secondary Music School Choir) and orchestra (Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra), conducted by Eri Klas. This mass was commissioned by the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. An hour long, it uses the Latin Mass (composed with the church bells of Tallinn and Estonian folksong) framing and exploring its meaning with 19 poems.

Roxanna also has three local premieres in March and April: the Scottish premiere of ‘Schola Missa de Angelis’ in a new version with string orchestra (London Oratory School Schola, conducted by Lee Ward); the Polish premiere of ‘All Shall be Well’ and the London premiere of ‘The Audience.’

2012 will mark the beginning of Roxanna’s three-year tenure as The London Mozart Players’ inaugural Associate Composer where works from her catalogue will be performed throughout their season as well as at least one new commission each year. New pieces to be performed include the fourth of her new Four Seasons for violinist Tasmin Little (with the London premiere of all four Seasons in 2012) and a large scale choral-orchestral work.

LMP Managing Director Simon Funnell says: “The LMP has a tradition of commissioning and performing new music. Roxanna has written a wide range of pieces including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral and chamber works which are regularly performed all over the world. Her music is popular yet profound, theatrical and emotional, and we are very excited about working with her.”

Roxanna Panufnik says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work more in the instrumental and orchestral field with one of the UK’s finest orchestras. I look forward hugely to collaborating with conductor Gérard Korsten and LMP on a far-reaching range of projects – especially at such an exciting time of rebirth for the orchestra.”

 

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