Martin Bussey is hard at work in the final stages of the production of Timeless Figure, written for baritone Peter Edge with clarinet, viola and marimba. This premieres at the Tête-à-tête Festival on Tuesday 15 September at 7pm at London’s Cockpit Theatre, to a distanced audience if guidance permits by then. In any case the performances will be filmed and streamed via Tête-à-tête website on Thursday 17 September at 6pm with composer/artist live Q&A immediately afterwards.
The 40-minute work combines text and music by Martin with original photography by Laurel Turton, combining images from the UK and USA. The focus is on “Time” explored through the three centuries of the Joyce family of clockmakers from Whitchurch, Shropshire. It poses questions such as What moves Time? Can Time stand still? Several Joyce clocks also feature, ranging from Chester’s Eastgate Clock to Cape Town City Hall, Sydney Post Office and the Carnforth Station clock made famous in Brief Encounter.
September also sees the release of a new CD in honour of the late Sir John Manduell. The CD focuses on settings of W.B.Yeats. Martin has contributed a setting of The Cold Heaven, for soprano, recorder, oboe, violin and cello. Lesley-Jane Rogers, John Turner Richard Simpson, Benedict Holland and Nicholas Trygstad perform the setting. The CD is being discussed on In Tune on Wednesday 09 September. The CD, dda25210, is available through Divine Art website.
Composers Edition is proud to publish Martin Bussey’s works, including The Cold Heaven, and look forward to adding Timeless Figure to his catalogue in due course.