Gwyn Pritchard & The 2nd London Ear Festival

TL students please note: volunteers/interns are needed to help with the
2nd London Ear Festival. For further information:
or speak to Gwyn Pritchard, composition department

Gwyn Pritchard is a professor of composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and has been invited to lecture and give masterclasses at many academic institutions in Europe and America, and Korea. He has written, introduced and participated in programmes for the BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of international musical publications.

The Jerwood Library has mounted a display to highlight Pritchard’s work and the 2nd London Ear Festival taking place from 27th-30th March 2014 at the Warehouse and Cello Factory, both in Waterloo.

Gwyn Pritchard at the 2013 London Ear Festival

Gwyn Pritchard at the 2013 London Ear Festival

He was born in Yorkshire, England in 1948 and studied ‘cello and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music.  He first came to the attention of the British public in the late 1970s, after performances at London’s South Bank Centre.

His compositions include music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, vocal works and pieces employing electronics; and has been performed in most  European countries, in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and South Korea. It has also been widely broadcast, sometimes under his own direction, on many radio and television networks, including the BBC who commissioned “The Firmament of Time“ for the BBC Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Pritchard’s sixtieth birthday. Other celebratory events included a concert promoted by the Basel Symphony Orchestra’s which included two of his works, and a performance in Essen of all his shorter works for piano.

In recent years Pritchard has completed commissions for Ensemble Eclat of Seoul, Ex Novo Ensemble of Venice, Ensemble Marges of Weimar and the London Sinfonietta. Three portrait concerts were given in Salzburg by the Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik who also performed Res at the Wien Modern festival, and oboist Peter Veale was the soloist in the première of Capriccio Fluido in a concert by musikFabrik in Cologne.

In 2003 he founded the Reggello International Festival of Music in Tuscany, Italy, and in 2013 the London Ear festival of contemporary music.

Over the festival’s four days there will be nine concerts which include a wide spectrum of contemporary music from twenty countries: fifty-one works, three festival commissions, eight world and several UK premieres. Well known composers include Xenakis, Kagel, Harvey, Holliger, Jarrell, Hosokawa, Oehring and Finnissy, but the festival also offers a unique opportunity to hear numerous works by less familiar names, some of them younger or emerging composers, others well known in their home countries but less so in the UK.

harpist & and TL tutor Gabriella dall’Olio

Harpist & and TL tutor Gabriella dall’Olio
(photo: Julien Elbisset, Alcanauta Studio)

Many of the concerts are to be preceded by talks and discussions in the Festival Club, a meeting place for audiences, composers and performers, with scores and CDs on display and refreshments available. London Ear Festival’s Educational Programme includes two masterclasses on contemporary techniques: one for harp led by Uroboros harpist Gabriella dall’Olio (see photo), and one for voice led by the celebrated Linda Hirst; there are also workshops for younger children to prepare a piece for performance as a preface to a festival concert.

The Jerwood Library has many of Gwyn Pritchard’s scores and recordings in its collection which can be searched via the online catalogue here.

Full details of the festival are available on the London Ear festival of contemporary music website.


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