Composers’ Academy Vol 3, 2020
April 2020 digital release
The Philharmonia Composers’ Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and part of the Orchestra’s Music of Today series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble.
Their 10-minute new works are premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall. In addition to this high profile performance, the composers are guided through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as benefiting from specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a ‘works in progress’ workshop.
The world premiere performance of their works was recorded for digital release by NMC Recordings, enabling the works to have an international platform via online stores and streaming platforms.
Conducted by Geoffrey Paterson, this album features ensemble works by the three young composers in the Philharmonia Composers’ Academy 2019: Chia-Ying Lin’s Intermezzo to the Minotaur was inspired by Picasso’s artwork Le Minotaure (1928), the piece influenced by the human ambiguity of the minotaur – the divine and bestial. Alex Woolf’s Octet draws on threetypes of musical energy: outlandish and explosive, muscular and powerful, and pulsing and propulsive, and Benjamin Ashby’s I’ve been planning for an impromptu explores improvisation inspired by the composer’s free-jazz heroes Evan Parker and Barry Guy.