“Right from its opening thematic germ, this is music that explores the cello’s expressive qualities, and even at the instrument’s extremes Elschenbroich projected with passionate warmth.” The Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2017

Brian Elias

Winner of British Composer Awards in 2010 for the symphonic work Doubles and in 2013 for Electra Mourns composed for string orchestra, mezzo soprano and cor anglais, Brian Elias’s music had come to international attention some years previously when he was invited by Sir Kenneth MacMillan to collaborate on a new work for the Royal Ballet. The Judas Tree was a resounding success and, in addition to numerous revivals since its 1992 première, was performed last autumn as part of the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death.

In the lead up to his 70th birthday in October this year, our brief for Brian has been to ensure that the many facets of his career have been well-coordinated and that his new works have received the attention that they deserve. Most recently, these have included his Cello Concerto premièred at the BBC Proms by Leonard Elschenbroich; his Oboe Quintet premièred at the Wigmore Hall by Nicholas Daniel and members of the Britten Sinfonia; and NMC’s release of Electra Mourns: a collection of Brian’s music featuring performances by Nicholas Daniel and Susan Bickley of Electra Mourns; Meet Me in the Green Glen, unaccompanied songs sung alternately by Roderick Williams and Susan Bickley; Once Did I Breathe Another’s Breath recorded by Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside; and a performance of Geranos given by Psappha.

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photo credit: (1) Ben Ealovega