World premiere of new Charlotte Bray work, Shadow Game, at Cast in Doncaster

10 January 2014

World premiere of new Charlotte Bray work, commissioned for international musicians Ensemble 360 alongside local and amateur orchestras at Doncaster’s new £22m performance venue

Music in the Round presents: Shadow Game

BEETHOVEN Septet ELGAR Serenade for Strings BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture BRAY Shadow Game WORLD PREMIERE

World Premiere:  Saturday 8 February, Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU, Box Office: 01302 303 959

Music in the Round presents the world premiere of Shadow Game, a new work by dynamic young composer, Charlotte Bray, composed especially for the opening of Cast, Doncaster’s new £22m performance venue.  The piece has been commissioned to bring together four of Britain’s best instrumentalists – Ensemble 360’s flautist Juliette Bausor, clarinettist Matthew Hunt, horn player Naomi Atherton and cellist Gemma Rosefield, alongside highly regarded Doncaster amateur orchestras, Beechfield Youth Orchestra and Boyce Chamber Orchestra.

The piece gives a fresh take on a centuries-old musical tradition – the ‘Sinfonia Concertante’, a style much-loved by Mozart and Haydn, which allows a group of soloists to combine with an orchestra and dazzle with their collective virtuosity. Full of fire and passion, Shadow Game takes its place alongside much-loved classical favourites, Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Beethoven’s Septet.


Her 2013 premières include a solo piano work Oneiroi, for Mona Asuka Ott in the Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, Germany; a soprano cycle Yellow Leaves, for Claire Booth and Andrew Matthews-Owen; Soft City, a work inspired by a short film by Olivier Ruellet, performed by Counterpoise; and Quicksilver, commissioned by The Mercury Quartet. Aldeburgh Festival 2013 saw the premiere of two of her works: a mezzo soprano cycle Fire Burning in Snow, for Lucy Schaufer and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; and two Blake settings On the Green for the New London Children’s Choir, a Royal Philharmonic Society commission.

Cast – Doncaster’s new theatre – opened its doors in September 2013, welcoming a total of over 40,000 people through its door in its opening season. The multi-purpose arts building is the flagship element of Doncaster’s new £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ). Operated by an independent trust, the building is jointly funded by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Arts Council England.

To book tickets for Shadow Game please contact Cast on 01302 303 959 or visit www.castindoncaster.com

For press enquiries, images and review requests please contact Jane Verity at Bonner & Hindley on 07854 759 480 or jane@bonnerandhindley.co.uk

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