Paul Burnell

03 Jul 2017
Upcoming performances by CoMA Ensembles in July 2017
'Four Minutes - Four Daydreams', 'Subside', 'Aim Straight For Starlight'.

The CoMA Bolton and Salford ensemble, conductor Stuart Hazleton, are performing two pieces by Paul Burnell as part of the Music for Youth National Festival at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham, UK on 6 July 2017 at 17:15. The fifty-strong youth ensemble (ages 13-19) will be playing:

Paul Burnell - Four Minutes, Four Daydreams

Stephen Montague - Dead Cat Bounce

Howard Skempton - Sirens

Paul Burnell - Subside

The annual Music for Youth National Festival takes place in July and feature around 8,000 of the UK's brightest young musicians at venues and city-centre locations across Birmingham.
'Subside' was written in February 2004 in response to a call for pieces on the theme of 'The Four Temperaments'. This was part of CoMA’s Open Score project, made possible with funds from the Esmée Fairbairn and PRS Foundations.
The piece outlines a slow mood change from controlled violent anger to tenderness, then a sudden flip back to anger again.
'Four Minutes - Four Daydreams' was composed in 2000.  It has four distinct sections, each 1 minute long.  Like an extended daydream each section is progressively more developed.  The piece was included on the 2013 album 'Cabbage Heads' and on the 2016 album 'Open Score' by the London Sinfonietta.

'Aim Straight for Starlight' is for ensemble with handbells.  It is a processional piece that symbolises the movement of life from Earth into the wider Universe. The CoMA London Ensemble commissioned the piece for their performance in 2003 at the Spitalfields Festival, and they will be performing it again on Saturday 8th July 2017 at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, London at 19:00
This is the fourth outing for the piece, having also been performed at the Sounds New festival in Canterbury in 2013, and also on a beach at sunset on the island of Kythira, Greece!



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