Music for reflection – Alexia Sloane on the BBC Proms Inspire Competition and Aurora Orchestra

Young composer Alexia Sloane was one of five winners in this year’s BBC Proms Inspire Competition with her piece Elegy for Aylan.  It was first commissioned by the RPS and Classic FM for Classic FM’s 25th Birthday celebrations in 2017 and was inspired by the refugee crisis, Aylan being the 3-year-old Syrian child who was found washed up on a Turkish beach in 2015. 

In this summer postcard Alexia tells us about the piece, the Competition and how it felt to work with Aurora Orchestra.

We’re in the car on our way to Cambridge Station at 7.00 am as usual on Saturday for my weekly lessons at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. It’s pleasantly warm; the May swelter hasn’t quite kicked in yet.
‘The deadline for the Inspire competition is coming up’, my mum tells me. ‘You could enter it with your piece Elegy for Aylan?’
‘I wrote that piece nearly a year ago!’ I replied.
‘It’s the only relatively recent piece you’ve done that fits the duration requirements,’ she points out.
‘OK’, I sighed. ‘But don’t say I didn’t tell you when I don’t get anywhere with it.’

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Lines and Spaces

Pianist Richard Uttley talks about his new RPS Commission which he premieres at this years Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

As part of the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme, through which I was mentored by Rolf Hind, the Royal Philharmonic Society were able to commission a new piece for me. I took the opportunity to ask Naomi Pinnock to write me something. I’d wanted to ask her for a solo piano piece since hearing her arresting, beautiful and dramatic Sting Quartet No.2 performed by the Arditti Quartet at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival back in 2012.

Naomi’s new piece is a sequence of miniatures entitled Lines and Spaces, inspired by the work of Agnes Martin (who was the subject of a recent retrospective at Tate Modern). I will give the premiere as part of my recital at hcmf// on Saturday 21 November, and will also play it in the Bridgewater Hall on 6 January 2016.

Read Richard’s full blog post