Internationally acclaimed violin duo Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo) perform the world premiere of Dances and Chorales for two violins and live electronics in a concert for the Cardiff University Concert Series on 17 April at 19:00. The work has been developed over a number of years through a series of workshops and partial performances, through which they have explored the potential of the instruments, the performers’ voices and live electronics.
Harriet Mackenzie told us,
“I’m delighted to be performing another premiere by Robert Fokkens. I believe Robert has one of the most innovative and distinctive voices in contemporary music and it has been an honour to work with him for many years. This is the first time that I have worked with electronics so it is a very exciting new venture for me and an important addition to the violin duo repertoire.”
Harriet Mackenzie is one of Robert’s closest collaborators, having commissioned and premiered many of his works for violin since they met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music – including works with piano, chamber music, pieces for Harriet’s world music trio Kosmos, and his violin concerto An Eventful Morning Near East London. Harriet recorded the concerto for Nimbus in 2017 with the English Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Woods alongside concertos by Patterson (a double concerto, performed together with Philippa Mo), Pritchard, Matthews and Doolittle, a release which met with wide critical success.
Harriet and Philippa formed Retorica in 2010, and together they have championed Robert’s work for the last ten years, initially premiering a work of his at the Two Days, Two Nights Festival in the Ukraine.Rob Fokkens Profile & Works
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