Over the last few months, we've had a fascinating time talking, listening and evaluating all the proposals we received from composers for a new commission to be performed in April 2020. We received 45 submissions from all over the world - from Australia to Alaska, Iran to Colombia. It's been a fascinating process, and with so many brilliant and talented composers to chose from, it was not an easy decision for us to make. But after endless hours listening to each and every one and reading their proposals, we are truly delighted to announce that we have commissioned British composer Peter Relph to write a new piece for our 2019-20 season.
Peter is an award-winning composer based in Bristol. His music, described as "seizing the imagination pulling you straight into its world" has been performed by ensembles such as Scottish Opera and The Britten Sinfonia. Peter says "I'm thrilled to have been chosen to compose a new piece for The Handful, and look forward to working closely with them".
You'll have to wait until 25th April 2020 to hear the World Premiere (put the date in your diaries now!) but we'll keep you updated as we start to work with Peter Relph in the coming months.
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!