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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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2016-2017 season

St. Cecilia’s Day Concert
Madeleine Mitchell ‒ violin
Geoffrey Poole ‒ piano
St George’s Bristol,
Great George Street, (off Park Street) Bristol, BS1 5RR
Tuesday 22 November 2016 7.30pm

…One of Britain's liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist, Madeleine Mitchell.
Richard Morrison, the Times
A violinist in a million,…staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship.
Michael Tumelty, Glasgow Herald

Jolyon Laycock - The Persistence of Memory
(world premiere)
Olivier Messiaen - Theme & Variations (1932)
Steven Kings - Prelude, Cumulation, Trio
Sulyen Caradon - Dorian Dirge
Michael Nyman - Taking it as Read (2007)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Sonata no.10 in G op 96 (1812)

Last year the celebrated international violinist Madeleine Mitchell agreed to perform works written for her by Severnside composers. So many outstanding compositions were received, representing such a rich and fascinating range of musical styles, that she and Geoffrey Poole agreed to give two programmes. Following their memorable first visit in April they return playing works by Steven Kings and Michael Nyman, and the world premiere of Jolyon Laycock’s new violin sonata inspired by a Salvador Dali painting. Nyman’s “Taking it as Read” was written for Madeleine’s Red Violin festival and first performed in Cardiff in 2007. Combined with Beethoven’s sublime G major classic, this programme promises to be just as inspirational as their first.

Tickets £12 (£9)

Tickets will be despatched by 2nd class post
After 18/11/16 tickets can only be booked at St Georges box office
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Thank you to our 2016 supporters!
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.

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