The European première of “Midwinter” of by Clare Shore will be performed by the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra at their concert on Thursday 10th July take place at Cathedral, Isle of Man, Peel.
‘Although the performance of my Midwinter is being billed as a European première, it is actually the world première of the version for winds and I’m very anxious to hear the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra play it as the original version of the piece was for full orchestra, says Clare.
‘In many ways it was challenging to arrange this piece for winds; there were some “special effects” written expressly for the stringed instruments that were a bit tricky to duplicate using only winds. Also, at some points, the violins in the original version play in a very high register which is very difficult to play by most wind instruments. I understand that the acoustics in Peel Cathedral are marvellous and I’m sure the group will sound magnificent playing the concert there.’
Michael Morrison, Chairman of the Orchestra said: ‘The concert should provide something of interest for everyone. The programme offers an eclectic mix of music and features a number of pieces composed and arranged by Paul Dunderdale, including a new arrangement of his work Snaefell Wheel and the music hall song Flanagan by Letters and Murphy.’
The Isle of Man Wind Orchestra will be celebrating the Manx National Day on the 7th July with a concert on the Tynwald Fairfield at 4pm.
The invitation to perform at the prestigious event was made on behalf of the president of Tynwald to recognise the national day which celebrates the longest continuous parliament in the world.
The Orchestra will be joined by Clare Shore composer who will be flying from Miami, Florida to join them and as an official guest of Tynwald for the Tynwald ceremony. Clare will also be present later in the week when the orchestra perform their annual summer concert at Peel Cathedral on Thursday 10th July.
In response to her invitation, Clare said, “I am excited also about having a week to absorb the Manx culture and to learn as much as I can about the unique history of the Island and its people. Experiencing portions of the streamed Tynwald Day celebrations last July really piqued my interest; and what a year to visit the Isle of Man this is – the Island of Culture 2014 events are capturing the interest of folks all over the globe. Attending the Tynwald garden party and the Tynwald Day celebrations are going to be experiences that I’m sure I’ll never forget”.
The Wind Orchestra’s 2014 season continues this summer with the announcement of a Summer Concert at Peel Cathedral on Thursday 10th July 2014 commencing at 7:45pm.
The Concert will feature the première of a new piece entitled “Midwinter” by noted composer Clare Shore who will be travelling from Florida for the occasion and to experience the Island’s culture during Tynwald week. The concert is part of the Island of Culture celebrations and is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council and the Orchestra is sponsored by Sure IOM.
As part of the Tynwald celebrations the Orchestra will also be performing on Tynwald Day 7th July in the afternoon in the open air on Tynwald Fairfield at St Johns(weather permitting).
Further details about both concerts will be available soon.