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Frances-Hoad Beyond the Road Begun (Premiere)

  • St Peter's Church Kensington Park Road London, W11 (map)

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Adult: £15
Concession: £12
Under 16s: £7

Conductor: Asier Puga
Violin: Fenella Humphreys

Frances-Hoad “Beyond the Road Begun”
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony no. 1

This concert has been made possible by the generous support of Acción Cultural Española who promote Spain’s rich artistic legacy and foster the internationalisation of its most contemporary creative and culture sector. See more at

Come and experience the world premiere of a brand new piece entitled “Beyond the Road Begun” by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, one of the most exciting young composers in the UK at the moment. Cheryl's music has been described as “like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition” (The Times), with “a voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them” (The Scotsman).

Her works include From the Beginning of the World, a setting of Tycho Brahe's remarkably prescient thesis on the Great Comet of 1577 (BBC Proms, 2015), Pay Close Attention, a homage to electronic music gods The Prodigy, The Whole Earth Dances, a quintet influenced by the local landscape and the poetry of Ted Hughes (Spitalfields Festival, 2016) and Game On, a duet for piano and Commodore 64 inspired by Game Theory and the crimes of bankers (NonClassical at the Dalston Victoria, 2016).

Most recently she collaborated with librettist Tamsin Collison on Last Man Standing, a 25 minute work for baritone and orchestra to commemorate the Armistice.

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Asier Puga

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We’re also excited to welcome back conductor Asier Puga, who trained at the Royal College of Music and is currently music and artistic director of the Ciklus Ensemble and the “Gregorio Solabarrieta” Chamber Orchestra. Due to his great interest in contemporary music, Asier has conducted the premier of 40 new works throughout Spain and England, and he has worked with renewed composers such us Chaya Czernowin, José Luis Campana, Iñaki Estrada, Lisa Illean, Michael Oliva, Benjamin Oliver and Isabel Urrutia.

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Fenella Humphreys

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Fresh from winning the BBC Music Magazine 2018 Instrumental Award, Fenella teams up with CGCO again to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Described as ‘alluring’, ‘unforgettable’ and ‘a wonder’, Fenella Humphreys is one of the UK’s most established and versatile violinists. she enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, performing in prestigious venues around the world. She is frequently broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West-Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio.

A number of eminent British composers have written works for Fenella, both in her own right and as a former member of the Lawson Trio. Fenella’s recent Bach to the Future project, a set of six new unaccompanied violin works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gordon Crosse, Sally Beamish, Adrian Sutton, Piers Hellawell and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, was a huge success, garnering performances at acclaimed UK venues including Aldeburgh, St. Magnus Festival, Presteigne Festival, Ryedale Festival, The Forge, Manchester University, Queen’s University Belfast. The series has now been recorded over two CDs for Champs Hill Records. The first of these discs, released in August 2015, was picked by BBC Music Magazine as October’s Instrumental disc of the month, and described as ‘a radiant recording’ with ‘golden precision and effortless virtuosity’ (Five Stars, The Scotsman). The recently released second CD received the same accolade in January 2017’s issue of BBC Music Magazine, and was Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine in February 2017.

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