Posted on 05/09/2011
The world premiere performance of a composition by Mark Bowden, music lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London and newly appointed Resident Composer for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, is to take place this week.
Mark Bowden’s cello concerto, lyra, will be performed on Thursday (8 September) by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the cellist Oliver Coates as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
Dr Bowden was appointed Resident Composer for the orchestra earlier this year and will write three new works commissioned by BBC Radio 3 over the next three years.
Speaking ahead of the premiere performance, he said: “I'm really looking forward to the premiere of lyra. I wrote the piece in a short but very intense time period, mostly during a residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden. During the writing of the piece I've worked closely with the cellist, Oliver Coates, and can't wait to hear his performance!”
Dr Bowden’s composition has been inspired by various different elements that share the name lyra including a constellation of stars, an obsolete 17th-century bass viol and a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
Radio 3 listeners will be able to here the performance of lyra on BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now on September 17, when Dr Bowden will be interviewed by Ivan Hewit.