Lancing College Music Department’s first Associate Artists, who all enjoy working closely with the Department, are:
- Joseph Shiner, acclaimed clarinettist
Joseph Shiner is noted for his fluidity of tonal colour and highly communicative, insightful playing. He is the recipient of the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize and the Royal Academy of Music’s Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, and is also a selected artist for the City Music Foundation. He has premiered compositions by Ian Morgan-Williams, Lancing’s Director of Music, at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Lancing College; and recently performed Ian’s Party Pieces at St John’s, Smith Square.
- The Atalanta Piano Quartet
This quartet, whose members share a passion for chamber music, is led by Simon Lane, a much sought after repetiteur. Simon performs with instrumentalists and singers across the country, in venues including Wigmore Hall, St George’s Bristol, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Bridgewater Hall, as well as the US and throughout Europe; and in festivals including Bachfest Leipzig, Leeds Lieder, Brighton Festival and Ljubljana Summer.
- Old Dirty Brasstards, London’s finest drum ‘n’ brass experience
This tweed-clad 10-piece brass and drum collective, which performs an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and soul, has introduced brass music to new audiences through its uniquely entertaining and energetic style, and performs at major music festivals across the UK, including Bestival, Glastonbury and Latitude, as well as venues such as Fabric, the Forum, Hammersmith Apollo, KOKO and Scala, along with residencies at Brooklyn Bowl and the Brixton, Camden & Shoreditch Blues Kitchens.
Masterclasses and Public Performances by Associated Artists in 2016
- Joseph Shiner (clarinet), with Eleanor Corr (violin), Thomas Wraith (cello), Frederick Brown (piano):
An afternoon composition workshop for Lancing pupils, followed by a public recital: Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps Thursday, 3 March. Concert 8pm, tickets £10 (concs £8), to include post concert refreshments. It is the 75th anniversary of the composition of this remarkable piece which is close to Joseph Shiner’s heart: “his is a work which I truly loved and felt passionate about long before I came close to comprehending it. The ‘end of time’ of the title refers to Messiaen’s dissolution of traditional rhythmic sensibilities as well as to the angel’s vision of Armageddon in the book of Revelation. Composed and premiered in the labour camp Stalag VIII-A during the ravages of the Second World War, the composer could have been forgiven for believing that he was experiencing this same vision. Despite this, Messiaen presents his audience with music that is startlingly human, ferociously earthy, and yet remains intensely intimate throughout.”
- The Atalanta Piano Quartet: Simon Lane (piano), Michael Gurevich (violin), Tom Hankey (viola), Nathaniel Boyd (cello):
Public recital to include Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo and Brahms’ epic A Major Piano Quartet Wednesday, 23 March. Concert 7.30pm, tickets £12 (concs £9).
The masterclass, directed by The Atalanta Piano Quartet, will prepare Lancing College’s finest chamber ensembles for their annual Chamber Music Concert on Friday, 29 April. Simon Lane, the quartet’s outstanding pianist is one of Lancing’s six strong team of expert piano teachers.
- Old Dirty Brasstards present a day of workshops for Lancing pupils and pupils from neighbouring schools, culminating in a public concert at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing in October.