“Elias is a wonderfully accomplished orchestral composer; every bar of these works has a sense of rightness, of every gesture and every texture being heard exactly as the composer conceived it, and there’s an energy to much of the writing that gives it buoyancy and sparkle.” The Guardian

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, will be performed this autumn as part of the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death.  Electra Mourns was first heard at the BBC Proms in 2012, and it is that performance given by Britten Sinfonia, Nicholas Daniel and Susan Bickley, conducted by Clark Rundell that will be released shortly by NMC, coupled with Psappha’s performance of the earlier Geranos conducted by Nicholas Kok, and featuring  two of Brian Elias’s song cycles Meet me in the Green Glen sung by Susan Bickley and Roderick Williams, and Once Did I Breathe Another’s Breath performed by Roderick Williams accompanied by Iain Burnside.

In the lead up to his 70th birthday in 2018, our brief for Brian is to ensure that the many facets of his career are well-coordinated and that his new works get the attention that they deserve.  This year sees the première of his Oboe Quintet at the Wigmore Hall, the release of NMC’s disc devoted to his music, the première of his Cello Concerto at the BBC Proms and the revival of The Judas Tree at Covent Garden.

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