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[Roger Jones]

My repeated use of the adjective "brilliant" here is quite deliberate!
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[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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Sounds Moving in Time and Space

Gemini Ensemble:
Sarah Leonard soprano
Ian Mitchell clarinet
Joby Burgess percussion

Monday 12 November 2018 7.30pm
plus composers talking 6.45pm
St. Paul’s Church, Clifton, BRISTOL BS8 1LP
Tickets £10 (£8)

“Gemini, virtuosic and thrilling as ever...” – Gramophone


• Jonathan Palmer “The Starlight Night”
Text by Gerard Manley Hopkins.(2008)
• Peter Nickol “These Waves Hitting Me”.
Text by Robert Hamberger.
• James D’Angelo Two songs on poems by Walt Whitman.
• Frank Harvey Iconoclasm for soprano & vibraphone.
• Jolyon Laycock “Stars Moving Westward in a Winter Garden” for coloratura soprano, clarinet and percussion.
Text by Julia Copus.
• David Greenhorne “…in the company of wolves” for clarinet, percussion and female narrator. Words by Angela Carter.
• Jean Hasse "without you" for soprano, clarinet and percussion
• Sulyen Caradon “Nowhere”; text Alan Hodge;
“Copse”; text Robert Graves.
• Geoffrey Poole “On Thin Ice” For Soprano, Bass Clarinet and Percussion. Text by the composer using Eskimo vocabulary

Severnside composers were invited to submit compositions for the challenging instrumental combination of soprano, clarinet and percussion. They responded with the richness and variety of invention that has come to typify Severnside concerts.

Gemini has an historic association with Bristol. Formed by Peter Wiegold in 1973, it played a major role in the pioneering education work of the Arnolfini Music Workshops. It is now under the direction of Ian Mitchell, a clarinettist of the first order in the interpretation of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in developing the repertoire of the bass clarinet, emphasising its extraordinary dexterity compared with other bass instruments.

Joby Burgess is one of this country’s most versatile percussionists. He is particularly known for his work with Ensemble Bash and the audio-visual collective Powerplant.

Sarah Leonard is one of this country’s foremost interpreters of contemporary vocal repertoire. She is no stranger to Bristol. She gave a Severnside concert with the Bristol Ensemble in May 2014. Technically she is a coloratura soprano with a top note of high E. Her voice is spectacularly agile and her sense of pitch unfailing. She is capable of a huge range of histrionic vocal styles.

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Landscapes in Sound ... £10
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Featuring music by David Simmonds, Jolyon Laycock, Sulyen Caradon, Andre Shlimon and Frank Harvey, recorded at Clevedon Court, Somerset, and Bristol Music Club.

June 2018
Sulyen Caradon

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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