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[Philip Scowcroft]

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Season 2015

Charlotte Newstead (soprano) & Geoffrey Poole (piano)

7:30pm, Thursday 19 November 2015
@ St. Paul's Church, St. Paul's Road, Clifton,
Bristol BS8 1LP
Tickets £12 (£9)
7:30pm, Friday 20 November 2015
@ The Christian Community, 73 Cainscross Rd,
Stroud, GL5 4HB,
Tickets £10 (£8)

Programme includes: Geoffrey Poole "The Eye of the Blackbird"
Vaughan Williams "On Linden Lea"
Frank Harvey "Lullaby for Who"
Sulyen Caradon "Lowland Airs"
James D'Angelo "Merton Songs"
Trevor Jones "Easter Songs"
Steven Kings "April Zen: Part 1"
Liz Lane "Robin Robin"

Tickets for St. Paul's Church, Bristol 19 November are available from Opus 13
phone 0117 923 0164 or 07860 845316
on-line: www.opus13.co.uk
In person: Opus 13, 14 St. Michael's Hill, BRISTOL BS2 8DT 9am-5.30pm Mon to Sat.
or on the door

Tickets for the Christian Community, Stroud 20 November are available from Tourist Information Office,
Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud GL5 1AE
01453 760900 email: tic@stroud.gov.uk or on the door

Leading soprano Charlotte Newstead performs song cycles by leading West-country and Gloucestershire composers in this remarkable concert promoted by the Severnside Composers Alliance at Stroud’s Christian Community. Charlotte’s busy concert schedule includes all the major oratorio works and she regularly appears as soloist with orchestras around the UK.

Leading Composer Geoffrey Poole joins Charlotte Newstead as accompanist in a performance of his entertaining settings of poems by the celebrated American modernist poet Wallace Stevens. Formerly Professor of Music at Bristol University, Poole now lives near Stroud and has been an active member of SCA since 2006. His Rhapsody for violin and orchestra was premiered by Madeleine Mitchell and the Stroud Symphony Orchestra in June 2015.

This will be the first time for several years that SCA has promoted concerts outside Bristol. Charlotte Newstead and Geoffrey Poole perform the same concert on consecutive nights in Bristol and Stroud. Their recital includes much-loved songs by Vaughan Williams as well three other Gloucestershire composers, all of them SCA members: Trevor Jones, Liz Lane and James D’Angelo. The programme also includes songs by Bristol-based Steven Kings, by Sulyen Caradon who is a leading figure in Bath's musical life and by Frank Harvey who is based in Swindon.

SCA gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.

Thank you to our 2015 supporters!
We gratefully acknowledge the kind and on-going support of the Paragon Music Trust who administer funds left to them by the late Leo Reid Baker. Their financial support has greatly assisted the putting on of numerous SCA events.

New CD now available:
Landscapes in Sound ... £10
(plus £1 P&P)

Featuring music by David Simmonds, Jolyon Laycock, Sulyen Caradon, Andre Shlimon and Frank Harvey, recorded at Clevedon Court, Somerset, and Bristol Music Club.

Nov 2015
Dr Jolyon Laycock
"Time cannot bring relief"

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In 2003, a number of composers based in the Bristol and Bath area got together to form the Severnside Composers Alliance with the aim of promoting performances of their own music, and stimulating a wider interest in the composition and performance of new music in the region.

SCA has some twentyfour concerts under its belt, attracting some excellent reviews. Dunelm Records have released two “stimulating” and “very well recommended” CDs (DRD0238 and DRD0243), and Poppy Records have released our third CD in October 2011. Local composers have given entertaining evening talks about their life and music, over a wine and nibbles.

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