...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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Spring season 2017

Severnside Composers Alliance and Hawkwood present

Sunday 18 June 2017
Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW

An afternoon and evening of music in this beautiful and peaceful Costwold location overlooking the Severn Vale
featuring Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
and Geoffrey Poole (piano)
playing music by Severnside composers.

"Eclectic virtuoso of the violin Madeleine Mitchell, has inspired living composers to a staggering degree."
(BBC Radio 3)

2.00pm Practical Composers Workshops
Bring a musical instrument if you want to take part
Plus discussions focussing on the spiritual dimension in music and the role of the unconscious in musical creativity.
Contributors include Geoffrey Poole, David Greenhorne, Clement Jewitt, Jolyon Laycock and Trevor Jones.

6.00pm Concert: Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Geoffrey Poole (piano)
Programme includes: Trevor Jones "At Ganina Yama"
David Greenhorne "Guan Yin"
Clement Jewitt "Canto"
Jolyon Laycock "The Persistence of Memory"
Geoffrey Poole I Ching pieces for solo piano
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata no.10 in G op 96 (1812)

Weather permitting you are invited to picnic in the gardens during the break between workshops and concert.

Beethoven’s sublime G major classic has a special place in the working relationship of Madeleine Mitchell and Geoffrey Poole. It is the work that first brought them together as a performing duo. Hawkwood’s beautiful Cotswold location with its fine 250 year-old sycamore is the setting for this concert of music by Severnside composers whose work draws inspiration from a variety of spiritual sources. Trevor Jones "At Ganina Yama" uses Russian Orthodox plainchants. David Greenhorne draws on the writings of the Buddhist teacher Guan Yin, venerated as the personification of compassion. Geoffrey Poole’s piano miniatures are inspired by texts from the ancient Chinese “Book of Changes”. Jolyon Laycock’s “Persistence of Memory” is named after Salvador Dali’s famous Surrealist painting. Clement Jewitt’s music tends towards the condition of silence.

Day tickets: £18 (£15*) (includes workshops and concert)
Concert tickets: £12 (£9*)
*concessions: students & seniors

or on the door.

Thank you to our 2016/17 supporters!
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust
the Summerfield Charitable Trust
and Make Music Gloucestershire
We gratefully acknowledge the kind and on-going support of the Paragon Music Trust who administer funds left to them by the late Leo Reid Baker. Their financial support has greatly assisted the putting on of numerous SCA events.

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.

Click here to LISTEN to music by our composers!

Our website boasts a growing online database of
a) local performers/ groups, and
b) recordings and sheet music by local composers - a fabulous resource for any musicians looking for something a little different to play!

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