FRI / NOV 9TH 5 & 7 PM
Temppeliaukio church (lutherinkatu 3)
Scottish-born Helen Grime is the 2003 winner of a British Composer Award for her Oboe Concerto. Grime has had works commissioned by ensembles and institutions the London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Centre, Aldeburgh Music, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Tanglewood Music Center. Conductors who have performed her work include Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Oliver Knussen and Sir Mark Elder. Between 2011 and 2015 Grime was Associate Composer to the Hallé Orchestra and Composer in Residence at the Wigmore Hall for the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons.
Clarinet Concerto (2009)
There is usually some sort of extra musical starting point for my pieces, and for the Clarinet Concerto this was ‘The Cracked Bell’ by Charles Baudelaire. In a short space of time the work seemed to take over and move further away the original stimulus, but the character and interactive roles of the soloist and ensemble were suggested by the wintry, evocative atmosphere of the poem.
Three Whistler Miniatures - for violin, cello and piano (2010)
The titles refer to three chalk and pastel miniatures, which are displayed in the Veronese Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Although the music does not relate directly to the pictures, I was taken by the subtly graduated palate and intimate atmosphere suggested by each of them.
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