Sally Beamish was born in London. Initially a viola player, she moved from London to Scotland in 1990 to develop her career as a composer. Her music embraces many influences: particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music. The concerto form is a continuing inspiration, and she has written for many internationally renowned soloists.

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Aug
9
Thu
Sally Beamish: Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) Huw Watkins (piano) @ Carver Church
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am

London-born, but of Lithuanian and Latvian lineage, Mathilde Milwidsky brings this cosmopolitan mix to her programme. A former student of old Festival friend György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, we bow to his Hungarian roots, and Hungary and Romania‘s centenary, with Bartók‘s Romanian folk arrangements to open, and Ravel‘s showpiece for Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d‘Arányi to close. We also light 100 candles for Estonia, in Arvo Pärt‘s transcendental work. While LDSM is marking Michael Berkeley‘s 70th birthday, today‘s première was written as in memoriam tribute to Sir John Manduell, who would have been pleased to be remembered alongside a new work by Sally Beamish commissioned by Mathilde. More from Mathilde – and more Pärt – in our closing concert tomorrow night, and more Grieg tonight.

Programme:

Bartók Romanian Folk Dances 6’

Beamish Wild Swans, for violin and piano 7’

C Schumann Three Romances, Op.22 9¾’

Beethoven Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30 No.3 17½’

M Berkeley A Dark Waltz WORLD PREMIÈRE 2’

Grieg Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45 23¾’

Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel 8¾’

Ravel Tzigane 9¾’

Nov
1
Thu
Sally Beamish: Seavaigers(USA Premier); New Century Chamber Orchestra/ Marwood/ Crabb @ First Congregational Church Berkeley
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm

New Century opens its season with a debut appearance by British violinist Anthony Marwood as Guest Concertmaster in a program featuring Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings and Seavaigers by London-born composer Sally Beamish.

Sally BeamishSeavaigers, for violin, accordion and strings
Peteris Vasks: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, ‘Distant Light’
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Nov
2
Fri
Sally Beamish: Seavaigers(USA Premier); New Century Chamber Orchestra/ Marwood/ Crabb @ First United Methodist Church
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

New Century opens its season with a debut appearance by British violinist Anthony Marwood as Guest Concertmaster in a program featuring Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings and Seavaigers by London-born composer Sally Beamish.

Sally BeamishSeavaigers, for violin, accordion and strings
Peteris Vasks: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, ‘Distant Light’
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Nov
3
Sat
Sally Beamish: Seavaigers(USA Premiere); New Century Chamber Orchestra/ Marwood/ Crabb @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm

New Century opens its season with a debut appearance by British violinist Anthony Marwood as Guest Concertmaster in a program featuring Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings and Seavaigers by London-born composer Sally Beamish.

Sally BeamishSeavaigers, for violin, accordion and strings
Peteris Vasks: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, ‘Distant Light’
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Nov
4
Sun
Sally Beamish: Seavaigers(USA Premiere); New Century Chamber Orchestra/ Marwood/ Crabb @ Osher Marin JCC
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm

New Century opens its season with a debut appearance by British violinist Anthony Marwood as Guest Concertmaster in a program featuring Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings and Seavaigers by London-born composer Sally Beamish.

Sally BeamishSeavaigers, for violin, accordion and strings
Peteris Vasks: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, ‘Distant Light’
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Dec
13
Thu
Sally Beamish: Piano Concerto no.3 ‘City Stanzas’| Swedish Radio Orchestra/Biss/Wellber @ Berwaldhallen
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It was Jonathan Biss himself who commissioned Sally Beamish to write City Stanzas, in which she extracts stanzas from Beethoven’s first piano concerto and places them in a new context: the chaotic and transient urban environment. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Majorresides in the borderland between classicist and romantic genius; there are strains of Haydn as well as of Eroica. That Richard Strauss saw himself as a genius, or at least a hero, is evident from his majestic Ein Heldenleben.

Programme:

Beamish: Piano Concerto no. 3 ‘City Stanza’
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Dec
15
Sat
Sally Beamish: Piano Concerto no.3 ‘City Stanzas’| Swedish Radio Orchestra/Biss/Wellber @ Berwaldhallen
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It was Jonathan Biss himself who commissioned Sally Beamish to write ‘City Stanzas’, in which she extracts stanzas from Beethoven’s third piano concerto and places them in a new context: the chaotic and transient urban environment. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major resides in the borderland between classicist and romantic genius; there are strains of Haydn as well as of Eroica. That Richard Strauss saw himself as a genius, or at least a hero, is evident from his majestic ‘Ein Heldenleben’.

Programme:

Beamish: Piano Concerto no. 3 ‘City Stanza’
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben