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Saturday 5 April 2014, 7:30pm
Concert   -  String Theory - Bristol Ensemble Strings

@ Cresswell Theatre, College Square, Bristol

[Tickets £15 (£12) from the Colston Hall Box Office]

This is our most ambitious undertaking so far.
In collaboration with the Bristol Ensemble we are bringing together an orchestra of 52 strings to perform Penderecki's monumental "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" as well works for strings by SCA composers.
Click here for details of how to get involved.

Calling all string players:

If you play violin, viola, cello or double bass, then sign up to join us in this unique participatory performance of two monumental masterpieces of 20th century avant-garde music: Penderecki’s “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima”, written for an orchestra of 52 strings, employs a vast range of extraordinary innovations in string playing technique to depict the phases of the nuclear detonation that destroyed the city of Hiroshima.
John Cage’s “Atlas Eclipticalis” (version for large string orchestra), written in response to the awesome astronomical discoveries of the 20th century, uses data from a star chart to generate musical material, and to determine the physical location of individual players like celestial bodies in the cosmic space of the concert hall.
Participants will join professional string players from the Bristol Ensemble, led by violinist Roger Huckle, to form a mixed amateur/professional string orchestra in two preparatory workshops and a final public performance conducted by Jolyon Laycock.

Sunday 30 March 2014 St. Mary Redcliffe & Temple School
11.00am to 5.00pm – 1st workshop

Saturday 5 April 2014 Cresswell Theatre, College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS
11.00am to 5.00pm – 2nd workshop; 7.30pm – Concert

Other works by SCA composers to be performed by the strings of the Bristol Ensemble include:
Julian Dale – Suite for Strings (1991) or 2 Pieces for Strings (2004)
Jolyon Laycock – Tetractys for double string orchestra (1994 rev.2013)
Jolyon Laycock - Fantasia on the folk song In Bruton Town (1987)
John Pitts – Voice from the Throne
David Simmonds – Hafren a portrait of the river Severn
Frank Harvey – Lament for Lost Content

Performances on Youtube:
Listen to Threnody performed by National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp3BlFZWJNA
Listen to Atlas Eclipticalis performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. www.youtube.com/watch?v=thLGEwlBxjA

Participants to be selected by e-audition (minimum standard: grade 7). Send a CV, an mp3 or Youtube link, and a reference from a music teacher or other qualified professional, by email to jolyonlaycock@hotmail.com
or by post to: Dr. Jolyon Laycock, Chairman, SCA, 1 Paradise Row, Woollard, BRISTOL BS39 4HY Deadline 31 January 2014

Successful applicants are asked to pay a registration fee of £12 by Paypal here:



or by cheque payable to “Severnside Composers Alliance” For more information contact us as above.

April2014update: DOWNLOAD THE FINAL PROGRAMME


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