PETER CIGLERIS clarinet
Wednesday 29 April 2020
Tickets: £12 adults, £10 LCF members & concessions
Due to the latest Governmental advice surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic this recital has, reluctantly, been cancelled. We will strive to reschedule these artists, and possibly even this programme. Ticketholders will be contacted directly to arrange a refund of their tickets and booking fees.
Well-known recitalists Peter Cigleris (clarinet) and Neil Crossland (piano) perform mostly new music by London composers. This event also features performances by composer/performers Mark Pampel and Gavin Littaur.
Encompassing a wide range of contemporary styles, this concert is sure to show the classic combination of clarinet and piano in a new light.
David Arditti Sonatina
Nick Capocci Sonata on an accidental theme of Beethoven
Alison Doubleday Reflection
Derek Foster Andante
Alan Grafton Spring of Bandusia
Alan Hilton Allegro piccante
Neil Luckett A short journey
Peter Openshaw Prelude & Fugue
Cedric Peachey Buffie’s Waltz & Zephyr
Keith Williamson Vignette
London Composers Forum (LCF) is open to all composers interested in writing contemporary classical music, which covers a wide variety of styles. LCF supports and promotes the work of its members (both amateur and professional), provides opportunities for learning, feedback on works in progress and discussion of ideas, and organises concerts for performance of new works by its members.
The group also helps stimulate the creation of new works by co-ordinating workshops, tutorials and seminars on a wide range of composition related topics, from composition styles and theory through to the quirks of writing for particular instrumentations.
Peter Cigleris studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire from 1997 where his professors were Michael Harris and Colin Parr. Whilst at the Conservatoire, Peter won the prestigious John Ireland Chamber music award with a performance of that composer’s Fantasy Sonata. He was also awarded a place on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Training Scheme. At the Conservatoire Peter performed numerous concertos with the college’s ensembles, he also developed an interest in early clarinets, which led to a performance with the Conservatoire’s Baroque Capelle Orchestra with the Chalumeau Concerto by Fasch. Peter also premiered Guy Woolfenden’s arrangement of Malcolm Arnold’s Pre-Goodman Rag for wind ensemble; he later performed the complete Arnold Concerto with the Warwickshire Symphony under Guy Woolfenden as part of the composer’s eightieth birthday celebrations.
Peter went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with a PGDip. There his professors were Janet Hilton, Richard Hosford, Robert Hill and Tim Lines. During the summer of that year, Peter was awarded the Prix de Fossat and was invited to France to perform for Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark at a private reception.
As soloist he has performed in many venues across the UK and Europe and premiered several new works for the instrument as well as giving performances of concertos by Mozart, Weber, Finzi and Arnold to name a few.
Peter has been involved with several major projects, most notably with the BBC as a member of the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in the BBC docu-drama ‘Eroica’. Peter was also awarded a place on the prestigious Jerwood Foundation Scholarship for Young Players in association with the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment. As an orchestral player he has worked with several well-known English orchestras including the CBSO, BBCCO and Orchestra of the Swan and is in demand as a session player. Peter has also held the principal clarinet seat with the Symphony Orchestra of India and has worked with conductors Charles Dutoit, Rafael Payare amongst others.
As a chamber musician Peter works with numerous pianists and musicians including Martin Cousins, John Lenehan and Julian Lloyd Weber. This has lead Peter to perform in the Windsor and Wooburn Festivals and various music clubs from Scotland to the South of England. Peter is also a member of London’s newest chamber music series “Chamber Music Box”. 2013 saw the release of Peter’s debut CD ‘English Fantasy’ released on Cala Records. Since the release of ‘English Fantasy’ Peter has also featured on discs for Toccata Classics and Heritage Records.
Engagements further afield have included giving a recital and master class at the University of New Hampshire USA as well as working with local high school clarinetists and the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, performances in Russia, Spain for the inaugural Groba Festival and Mexico where Peter performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and gave the Mexican premiere of Malcolm Arnold’s 2nd Clarinet Concerto. Peter has also coached chamber music for the Music for You Summer School and the Exmouth Summer School.
Peter is a Backun Musical artist and a Silverstein Works Artist.
Yorkshire pianist and composer Neil Crossland began playing the piano at the age of six and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won major prizes in both piano and composition. Since then he has performed extensively at home and abroad, and written pieces in all genres.
Neil has played at many major London venues, including the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall. St John’s Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields, and frequent appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. He has performed all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a concert series at St James’ Piccadilly. He has also performed throughout the UK, in France, Greece, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tunisia and recently in Singapore giving concerts of the unfinished Schubert Sonatas as well as workshops and masterclasses.
His concerto performances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the British Chamber Orchestra at the Southwark Festival. He has also been active as a chamber musician, founding the piano trio “Trilogy” performing his own works for piano trio, ‘Trio Requiem’ and ‘Damage’.
Neil has made over twenty recordings on the Deltatel label, including the complete cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas, and works by Haydn, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Poulenc. Among his other projects has been to revive and record the piano compositions of Astronomer Royal Sir Patrick Moore.
As a composer, Neil is known for his original but accessible style. He has written a Requiem, Op. 43 for soloists, chorus and orchestra, other noteworthy works, include the Yorkshire Suite for piano Op. 41, the Variations for piano duet on the Paganini’s 24th Caprice and the Beethoven Ode to Joy and the Piano Trio No.2 ‘Damage’. His latest compositions are songs set to poems by the 3 Bronte sisters for Piano and Soprano Op. 52 performed at St James’s Church Piccadilly. Also Ave Maria Op. 53 for soprano, chorus and piano, first performed in Hammersmith at St Augustine’s church.
He is also recognised for his ability to write successful transcriptions and convincing works in older styles. In particular Neil has completed and recorded all the seven unfinished Schubert piano sonatas. In August this year Neil performed all of these sonatas in Singapore and also gave masterclasses there.
A return to the Royal College of Music last year performing Schubert’s unfinished sonata in F# minor completed by Neil was greatly received alongside giving masterclasses there too.
Next year also includes masterclasses in Berlin and Hong Kong and performances of the Schubert Unfinished Sonatas.
Neil has appeared frequently on radio and television, including performing live on BBC Radio 3 and 4.