(Conductor: Roger Montgomery)
Jane Manning's performances with her own ensemble Jane's Minstrels were as near perfect as could be wished for, with phrasing and balance intuitively grasped
Petworth Festival is mounting a special concert celebrating Anthony Payne's 75th Birthday on JULY 20th at St. Mary's Church Petworth at 7.30pm. The programme features Payne's Horn Trio and recent cello piece, and the world premiere of his arrangements of Elgar's MINA and SALUT D'AMOUR as well as works by Bridge and Schumann, played by JANE'S MINSTRELS. Tickets available from the Festival Box Office. 01798 344576.
JANE'S MINSTRELS, who made their debut in July 1988 at the Ryedale Festival, were hand-picked from Britain's most gifted young musicians by Jane Manning, and represent an entirely new concept in ensembles, which cuts across barriers of generation and idiom.
MINSTRELS swiftly attained an enviable international reputation, acclaimed by Press and public. As well as a nomination for one of LEB's 'Brightening-Up London' Awards, their first full season featured 3 London appearances, 2 of them at the South Bank for the SPNM and the Park Lane Group, and a tour of Spain. Engagements at the Aldeburgh Festival and Dartington, and visits to Italy, Denmark Norway and Belgium quickly followed. Their programmes combine contemporary works with classics from the early 20th Century, with emphasis on British music.
Special highlights over the years have included Jane Manning's 25th Anniversary performance of Schoenberg's PIERROT LUNAIRE , and the SPNM's 50th Anniversary Gala, both at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, a Vienna Festival programme of works by JUDITH WEIR and concerts in Poland (ISCM World Music Days) and Spain. Their first visit to USA in 1991 took them to Buffalo, Harvard and Princeton Universities, and a tour of California in 1997 included a concert in the famed Monday Evening series in Los Angeles.
They regularly perform P.L. at a variety of venues from a moonlit castle in Finland, and outdoors at Hampton Court Palace, to London's Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre. An innovative collaboration with SPNM at Kingston University generated 5 new 'Pierrot' works by young composers.
Other notable premieres have included ALISON BAULD'S 'Pluto' (a Spitalfields 2000 commission - their 6th appearance at the Festival) ANTHONY PAYNE'S 'Scenes from the Woodlanders' (commissioned by Keele Concerts Society) and PAYNE'S 'Poems of Edward Thomas' (commissioned by Malvern Concert Club). Both the latter works are now available on CD. In June 2006 they premiered PAYNE's Horn Trio at the Wallace Collection ( see photo) and this work will have its public London premiere at the Purcell Room on Feb. 25th 2010.
Their 4 CDs for NMC have won critical acclaim. The first , featuring music by ELISABETH LUTYENS, was selected as a Record of the Year by The Gramophone.
NMC Recording 'A Day in the Life of a Mayfly'. (Jane's Minstrels/Jane Manning) "Performances are uniformly first-class, and the recording likewise"
"the abiding impression is of vivid inventiveness and richly bright sound A distinguished recital and a most entertaining one"
A phenomenal group
Eloquently phrased, amply expressive, refined of sound-gratefully and enthusiastically recommended
ELISABETH LUTYENS: Chamber music and vocal works. NMC D O11.
JANE MANNING. Works for voice and ensemble by Bauld, Connolly, Elias, Gilbert, Nash, Payne, Weir . NMC D O25.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MAYFLY (The Chamber Music of Anthony Payne). NMC D O56.
THE STONES AND LONELY PLACES SING (The Chamber Music of Anthony Payne). NMC D 130
MY OWN COUNTRY - Songs and Music by Quilter, Warlock, Bridge and Smyth. Meridian CDE 84583.
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