We are blessed with a wealth of repertoire for string ensembles, and our programmes contain well-known as well as less familiar works from this treasure trove of existing music.
The adventure of creating, performing a new piece of sonic art, and sharing it with our audience, is a vital part of our work, giving voice to contemporary creatives and refreshing our approach to existing works.
Our commissions help RNCM composition students and locally based composers take the next step on their composing journey. The selected composers work closely with our artistic director and Lindow Ensemble musicians to create new works for performance, developing their skills in a holistic way.
Our student players experience bringing a new work to life and engaging an audience at a world premiere performance.
The concerts on 11 June 2022 will include the world premiere of a new work, warp obsess remember, commissioned by The Lindow Ensemble from Philip Rousiamanis, a composition student at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Philip Rousiamanis is a composer of instrumental and electronic music, a songwriter and a violinist/performer. They usually compose around themes of folklore, queerness, nostalgia and magic and they are interested in creating music that always has beauty, no matter how dark, violent or uncomfortable it might be.
Starting their musical education in Greece at the age of seven, Philip is currently in the final year of a Master’s degree in composition and artistic research at the Royal Northern College of Music. For this, they have been awarded scholarships by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and George Henry Peters. At the RNCM they have studied with, among others, Professor Adam Gorb, Professor David Horne and Dr Larry Goves, been a finalist in the RNCM Gold Medal Competition and were highly commended for the RNCM Rosamund Prize.
Philip’s instrumental works have been performed by many ensembles, including the Greek National Radio Orchestra, the Elias Quartet and Manchester-based Psappha. They are also a songwriter, performer and artistic co-director of the art rock band Sylvette, which has received multiple air-plays on BBC Radio 6.
ADRIENNE SPILSBURY | EYEBRIGHT
Written for 12 solo strings, the starting point for this work was visits that Adrienne made to wildflower meadows being created and conserved in Cheshire, and reflections on our inter-connections with the natural world.
'This picture shows part of a 5-panel piece by Val Hudson, which I commissioned from her. Val often takes music as an inspiration for her pictures, and for this painting she listened to some of my works as she worked, particularly Eyebright and my 1st String Quartet Bodnant.'