...an interesting evening was had by all.
[Roger Jones]

My repeated use of the adjective "brilliant" here is quite deliberate!
Very well recommended.
[Ian Milnes]

Congratulations to the Alliance for putting on such a stimulating programme of this relatively little-known music.
Strongly recommended to enterprising listeners.
[Philip Scowcroft]

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17 to 19 May

Thursday 17 May 7.30pm
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd. Clifton Bristol BS8 1LP
Matthew Clark (baritone)
Jolyon Laycock (Tenor)
James D’Angelo & Philip Blandford (piano)
Matthew Heyse-Moore (clarinet)

James D’Angelo – 2 Merton Songs
for baritone and piano
“How long we wait” and “Evening”;

Clement Jewitt: “Three Hokku on Time”
for baritone and clarinet
“If You Came” for baritone and clarinet
(text by Ruth Pitter)

Peter Nickol – “Offer me coffee” for voice and piano
three poems by James Turner;
“The Valley”, “I know the mad inventor lives”,
“Wear your blue blouse”
“Tree Heart” for voice and piano
(words by Veronica Gosling)

Sulyen Caradon – Black Wind Songs
Daughter (text: Galina Rodich)
Cranberries (text: Lyudmilla Chubchik)
Wormwood (text: Revelations of St. John)
Cuckoos silent (text: Mikhail Vinnick)
Forest Woe (text: Tatyan Akutsyonok)

Richard Pond “Roman Wall Blues” (text W.H. Auden)

Jolyon Laycock “Mountains of the Mind”
12 poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
for tenor, baritone and piano:
“Inversnaid”, “The Windhover”, “Tom’s Garland”,
“Andromeda”, “Harry Ploughman”, “Pied Beauty”,
“That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire”, “Moonrise”,
“I wake and feel the fell of dark…”, “Spring and Fall”,
“No worst there is none”, “Heaven Haven”.

SCA’s 2018 festival kicks off with a recital of contemporary art song featuring baritone Matthew Clark. James D’Angelo is accompanist in his own settings of the meditational poetry of Thomas Merton. Philip Blandford is the accompanist in Sulyen Caradon’s settings of translations of Russian poetry portraying an environment poisoned by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Clark and Blandford are joined by tenor Jolyon Laycock in songs that capture the ecstatic response of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to the wild natural scenery of places such as Inversnaid Falls. On a lighter note songs by Peter Nickol & Richard Pond are settings of James Turner, Veronica Gosling and W.H. Auden. Clarinettist Matthew Heyse-Moore is the accompanist in settings by Clement Jewitt of his own verses.


Friday 18 May 7.30pm
Royal West of England Academy
Queen’s Road Bristol BS8 1PX

The Roaring Fork Wind Quintet
Estelle Greeley (Flute)
Jennifer Mears (Oboe)
Claire King (Clarinet)
Eleanor Whitfield (Bassoon)
Stephen Macallister (Horn)

Julian Dale - Clifton Hill Chimes
Jonathan Palmer - Crystal Eyes
Laura Kane - Quintet No. 2
James D’Angelo - Angels dancing
Peter Nickol - Ultramarine
Jaques Ibert - Trois pièces brève
Eric Ewazen - Roaring Fork (1st movement)
David Greenhorne - Full Circle

The second concert in SCA’s 2018 Festival is of music inspired by visual art performed by the West Country’s leading wind ensemble Roaring Fork wind quintet in the wonderful space of the RWA Winterstoke Gallery. The group takes its name from music by American composer Eric Ewazen inspired by a visit to the Roaring Fork Falls in North Carolina. It is a key work in the quintet’s repertoire and shares the same qualities that they display in their playing: freshness, dynamism and accessibility.


Saturday 19 May 2.00-5.00pm
Bristol Music Club
Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1LP

The SCA New Music Festival concludes with an open afternoon of fascinating talks, workshops and informal performances:

2.00pm James D’Angelo – Creating Harmony
The Healing Power of the Human Voice A workshop on therapeutic use of the voice: “The vibrations of the human voice applied consciously as a therapeutic instrument have the resonating power to stimulate, release and balance the fine healing energies that create harmony and wholeness of body, mind and spirit.”

3.00pm Informal concert
David Heyes (double bass)
Stephen Bennett (Clarinet)
David Heyes – Ilmarinen (Spirit of Air-Maker of Heaven)
for solo double bass
Clement Jewitt - Duo for wind instruments
Peter Nickol - piano pieces
Frank Harvey - "Album for the Old" for piano
James D’Angelo - "Fool and Angel Entering A City"
a tone poem for solo double bass
James D'Angelo - Miniatures for solo clarinet

4.00pm John Pitts
Indian Classical Music on The Piano
A Practical Introduction
John Pitts talks from the piano about the fascinating world of Indian raags. He explains with live examples what a raag is, its constituent parts, and the journey that lead to his two books "How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano" and "Indian Raags for Piano Made Easy". The talk will be followed by a short session in which audience members can have a go at playing a raag themselves on one of the three available pianos. www.pianoraag.com

Evening concert tickets £10 (£8)
Combined ticket £15
Workshops free
0117 923 0164
07860 845316
14 St Michael's Hill,
Bristol BS2 8DT
or on the door

New CD now available:
Landscapes in Sound ... £10
(plus £1 P&P)

Featuring music by David Simmonds, Jolyon Laycock, Sulyen Caradon, Andre Shlimon and Frank Harvey, recorded at Clevedon Court, Somerset, and Bristol Music Club.

August 2016
Jonathan Palmer
"Awake the voice"

Annual membership £25 (students £12).


In 2003, a number of composers based in the Bristol and Bath area got together to form the Severnside Composers Alliance with the aim of promoting performances of their own music, and stimulating a wider interest in the composition and performance of new music in the region.

SCA has some twentyfour concerts under its belt, attracting some excellent reviews. Dunelm Records have released two “stimulating” and “very well recommended” CDs (DRD0238 and DRD0243), and Poppy Records have released our third CD in October 2011. Local composers have given entertaining evening talks about their life and music, over a wine and nibbles.

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