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Future Collaborations

Nicola LeFanu talks to Donald Macleod about her recent and future compositional projects. Including Mira Clas Tenebras (excerpt), String Quartet No 2, The Bourne, Amores.

British composer Nicola LeFanu talks to Donald Macleod about her recent and future compositional projects

Composer Nicola LeFanu has been at the heart of British contemporary music for several decades, and at the forefront of promoting the works of her fellow women composers. In 2017 LeFanu turns seventy, and in conversation with Donald Macleod she looks back at her distinguished career including commissions from many leading artists. LeFanu also chats about some of the composers who have influenced her including her mother Elizabeth Maconchy, and also her husband David Lumsdaine.

In 1996 Nicola LaFanu composed her String Quartet No 2. It was commissioned for the following year's London International String Quartet Competition and was dedicated to the memory of her mother, the composer Elizabeth Maconchy, and of her father, the scholar and writer William LeFanu. In this programme, Nicola LeFanu discusses with Donald her recent and future composition projects. She looks back at her career, chats about how she writes music, and also the sort of music she enjoys performing at home, often with her son Peter, to whom she dedicated her work 'Amores'.

The nightingale has flown out of the pretty cage (from 'Mira Clas Tenebras')
Sally Bradshaw, mezzo-soprano
Bridget Carey, viola
Jinny Shaw, oboe d'amore
Lucy Wakeford, harp

String Quartet No 2
Goldberg Ensemble

The Bourne
Elizabeth Atherton, soprano
Lucy Wakeford, harp

Gillian Whitehead: The Berries (from 'Awa Herea')
Tracey Chadwell, soprano
Pamela Lidiard, piano

Nicola LeFanu: Amores
Richard Watkins, horn
Goldberg Ensemble
Malcolm Layfield, conductor.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 28 Apr 2017 18:30

Music Played

  • Nicola LeFanu

    The nightingale has flown out of the pretty cage

    Performer: Bridget Carey. Performer: Lucy Wakeford. Singer: Sally Bradshaw.
    • Metier:MSVCD92064.
    • Metier.
    • 21.
  • Nicola LeFanu

    Quartet No 2

    Orchestra: Goldberg Ensemble.
    • Naxos 8557389.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Nicola LeFanu

    The Bourne

    Performer: Lucy Wakeford. Singer: Elizabeth Atherton.
    • NMC:NMCD150.
    • NMC.
    • 9.
  • Gillian Whitehead

    Awa Herea (Braided Waters)

    Performer: Pamela Lidiard. Singer: Tracey Chadwell.
    • BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY: BMS420/421CD.
    • BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY.
    • 12.
  • Nicola LeFanu

    Amores

    Performer: Richard Watkins. Orchestra: Goldberg Ensemble. Conductor: Malcolm Layfield.
    • NMC NMCD174.
    • NMC.
    • 3.

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