As part of Royal Academy of Music’s 200 Pieces Bicentenary celebrations Colin’s solo cello piece Eawl-Leet will receive its physical premiere by Sunny Cho. The concert is on Monday 31 May 1pm in the Angela Burgess recital Hall and will also be live-streamed.
Read here an insightful conversation between Colin and Sunny about the preparation for a recording of Eawl-Leet at the beginning of the year.
Colin Riley has been commissioned by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to compose a major new work. The 5-movement suite (provisionally called Hearing Places) is part of Colin’s ongoing work with field recording and place encouraging a deeper listening and contemplation of our surroundings.
The score will be created from both the audio and visual stimulus of a five 8-minute films of various locations around Wales. Musical ideas are derived from the sonics of the place itself (rhythms, pitches, patterns) and combined with the location sounds to form an immersive and contemplative experience; one which chimes with the current need for connectedness and slower-paced interaction. The piece will exist in several forms with smaller components of the music accessible online.
Colin has also been commissioned by pianist Jelena Makarova to write a Piano Concertino. This has been funded by GEMMA Classical Music Trust and will exist both as a three-movement piano suite as well as a concerto with ensemble. It uses several Lithuanian folksongs from Jelena’s homeland as its basis.
We are also pleased to announce that the postponed premiere of Colin’s Earth Voices has now been rescheduled for 18th September. It will be performed by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, at the Konserthus, Helsingborg, Sweden. They will perform a different movement in each of their concerts with a premiere of the complete 40-minute piece in Spring 2022. Following his trip to Sweden just before lockdown last year Colin wrote several blogs about the origins of the piece, the celebration of small things, slow travel, and our need for connection.
Tags: 200 Pieces Bicentenary Project, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Colin Riley, Earth Voices, Eawl-leet, GEMMA Classical Music Trust, Hearing Places, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Jelena Makarova, live stream, premiere, Sunny Cho