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'Speare indeed covers a wide emotional terrain, from pastel colours to desolation to exhuberant rhythmic play'

Harold Moores Records Website www.hmrecords.co.uk October 2005

 

The following is a list of current projects and forthcoming performances. Please email me for further details.

NEW NEWS:

  • Simon has been commissioned to write a work for orchestra and voices for the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Service at the Barbican Hall in July of 2016.

  • Simon has been commissioned to write a children's music theatre piece for the Herne Hill Festival in 2017.

  • A newly revised version of Paean for Piano Trio was performed by the award winning Jørgensen Trio in March . Here is a link to a recording.

  • Simon's new orchestral piece A Matter of Life and Death (part 1) was recently peformed by the Renatus Orchestra conducted by Philip Dutton at the Guidhall School of Music, London. See the "Catalogue of Works" page for a recording of this piece.

  • Simon has been appointed Head of Composition and Contemporary Music at the Royal College of Music Junior Department starting in September 2014.

  • 'Crowding In' appears on the new Bingham Quartet CD 'Do Not Go Gentle' Prima Facie PFCD32, released in July 2014 along with other great new British string quartets by Anthony Gilbert, Janet Owen Thomas, Michael Parkin and David Stoll.
    "… finds Simon Speare drawing inspiration from Balkan folk music across four continuous sections whose fast/slow alternation engenders a palpable sense of tension and release."
    Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone, June 2014


  • Pro Corda commissioned a string orchestra piece for their Primary Course and the resulting work 'Leiston Abbey' was premiered in July conducted by Simon, who also led composition workshops related to the piece.

  • Simon has written 'A Year's Windfalls' for the Purcell School Junior Choir (settings of texts by Christina Rosetti) to be rehearsed and performed in the autumn term.

OLD NEWS:

  • Saturday 10 August 2013, Vor Frue Kirke, Aarhus, Denmark: '18 February 1915' for soprano,organ and trumpet
    Camilla Løvstad, soprano; Poul S Jacobsen, organ; Tristan Button, trumpet World premiere.
    The work was performed again at Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus with Lars Fløe (organ) in April 2014.
    See the "Catalogue of Works" page for a recording of this performance

  • Saturday 8th June 2013: The Renatus Orchestra. Conductor: Philip Dutton
    Programme: Ed Zanders - Diabolo Overture Josef Suk - Meditation on an Old Bohemian Choral Simon Speare - New Ribbons Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
    St Sepulchre, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2DQ


  • With The Band, a group of young musicians convened by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon led a project to devise music based on Charles Ives' Three Places in New England. This work (a mixture of The Band and Speare composition) was performed at the Royal Festival Hall at 5pm on Friday 22nd February 2013 with Simon directing

  • Simon's music (and an interview) featured on the SaintFM 94.7 Classics Ahoy! show with Steve Foster Pilkington on 29th April between 2 and 4pm the show is also available online at http://www.saintfm.org.uk/

  • A Gentle Weepingis being perforemd by Coma London Ensemble conducted by Gregory Rose at The Sounds New Festival in Canterbury on Sunday, May 6th 2012, 1:00pm at St Gregory's Centre For Music, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU

  • The Purcell School Chamber Choir performed Fear not to Die on May 15th at the Purcell School

  • The Flacton Duo (harpsichord and Baroque viola) performed Pygmalion and Galatea at Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street
    London W1K 4HB on November 1st at 6.30pm www.handelhouse.org +44 (0)20 7339 1953


  • The Bingham String Quartet's recording of Crowding In will be released on CD during 2013, on the Prima Facie label
  • You can now listen to three tracks from Songs of Belonging by visiting the works page.

  • A Gentle Weeping, Simon's tribute to George Harrison was performed by Coma London on Tuesday 21 December at St. Leonards Church, Shoreditch at 8.00pm
    This performance was part of concert of music by living composers who have made specific references to music by composers in the past.

  • Songs of Belonging, a major work for choir, children and percussionist was performed on 30th September 2010 at the Church of St Saviours, Pimlico, London at 7.45pm. Performed by the chamber choir Canticum, percussionist Sasha Johnson, Actress Hannah Emanuel and children from St Saviour's Church, Conducted by Mark Forkgen.

    Commissioned by Canticum Chamber Choir through the BBC's Choral Ambition Scheme, the evening (the first devoted entirely to Simon's music) was a huge success with a packed venue and some wonderful comments from audience members:

    "...thank you for a wonderful evening last night. Please pass my congratulations and heartfelt thanks onto Simon, Mark and the choir. I was incredibly impressed by the way you handled the subject and I am sure many attendees learnt a lot about the real plight of people seeking asylum in the UK. I was moved to tears by the Red Road song about the asylum seekers in Glasgow who committed suicide. But I should add that in spite of the emotive topic I found the concert inspiring and uplifting and my guest and I really enjoyed getting to sing back as part of the audience and thought it worked really well."
    Lara Wilks Sloan
    Refugee Council
    London

    "What a passionate, beautiful, moving work."
    Deborah Bono
    Writer

    "That was AMAZING!!!"
    Richard Norris
    Composer and musician.


  • British Clarinet Ensemble have released an excellent performance of Jiggey-pokery on their CD Calle de las Flores (bce 103) available at www.britishclarinetensemble.co.uk/recordings.html

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