Ian Stephens has written Ramiform for solo double bass, one of 200 pieces for the Royal Academy of Music’s 200th birthday in 2022.
The title of the piece means ‘branch-like’ and is a comment on the structure of the work as well as being a none-too-subtle play on words. Alex Jones, a postgraduate double-bassist at the RAM and ex-principal bass in National Youth Orchestra, will be giving the premiere in March 2021.
Ian Stephens has also been commissioned by Manchester Chamber Choir to write Song of Hope, setting an uncharacteristically optimistic text by Thomas Hardy. The point at which the choir can rehearse in person remains unclear, so no premiere date can be firmly fixed yet, but – like Hardy’s poem – we are optimistic!