The Handful seeks applications from composers for a commission to be performed in their 2020 Spring concert. The Handful's 2019-20 programme explores various different themes, often around the ideas of rhythm and dance, but also examining music's political relevance. The concert on 25th April 2020 at St Mary’s church, Bathwick, is a culmination of these themes. The choir will be performing:
Missa Ego flos campi - Padilla
Cantos Sagrados - MacMillan
Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice - Finzi
We wish to commission a piece of 9-12 minutes' duration which will sit alongside this repertoire. The themes explored by these pieces include: political oppression, religious devotion, self-sacrifice, religious joy and celebration, and composers are encouraged to engage with these and any other themes they think are relevant to the brief in a creative way.
If you are interested in submitting your work to The Handful, please read the detailed Call for Submissions information and note the deadline for applications is 22nd June 2019.
Over the last few months The Handful has enjoyed some great media coverage here in Bath, as well as nationally!
There is a long article about The Handful in Somerset Life magazine (March 2019) with a light-hearted look at our "mischievous" programming and how we are evolving as a choir - an excellent read!
We received a wonderful review of our February 2019 concert, by Anthony Corfe which will be appearing in the Bath Chronicle shortly. Here's an extract...."Throughout the concert the breadth of tone, the range of dynamics, the feeling of line as expressed by the choir, seemed limitless – I found myself transfixed by the sheer beauty of their singing and the depth of their understanding of what the music was setting out to express. But more than that, and it was in the Requiem that it really emerged – a feeling of an infinite transcendence in the conjunction of the secular with the divine."
We were also delighted to be featured in the Making Music Together Exhibition being held at the Barbican Music Library in March. Our recording of Pilgrims Hymn by Stephen Paulus was played along with information, photos and quotes about The Handful!