'Speare indeed covers a wide emotional terrain, from
pastel colours to desolation to exhuberant rhythmic play'
Moores Records Website www.hmrecords.co.uk October
The following is a list of current projects and forthcoming performances. Please email
me for further details.
- Simon is currently working on a flute and guitar piece for flautist Sami Junnonen and Craig Ogden and a solo piano piece for Tyler Hay to be premiered next summer. He is also finishing a work for marimba and piano to be performed by percussionist Jackie Walduck and Mariko Brown in the spring.
- Simon was commissioned to write a community music theatre piece by Arts Council England and the Herne Hill Music Festival. 'The Frankenstein Teacher' (based on the children's book by Tony Bradman) was performed with professional singers and a year 6 class at St Jude's School, Herne Hill on Friday the 13th of October 2017 with a script by Tony Bradman to great success.
- The Bingham quartet gave a wonderful performance of 'Crowding in' at the Benslow Trust, Hitchin and Leeds College of Music in August 2017
- 'The Colour Purple' was premiered by acclaimed young pianist and composer Lauren Marshall at the Royal Colege of Music in June 2017
- 'A Life in Music' a work for youth orchestra and young voices, commissioned by Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) was performed as the finale of a packed Barbican Hall concert celebrating THAMES tenth anniversary in July 2016.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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
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
"What a passionate, beautiful, moving work."
"That was AMAZING!!!"
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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