A commission by the London Mozart Players
London Mozart Players | Director – David Juritz | Trumpet – Paul Archibald
“Cecilia McDowall is one of the most exciting new composing talents to emerge in the last few years. She studied music at university but only returned to composition after taking time out to raise a young family; since then she has studied with Joseph Horovitz, Robert Saxton and Adam Gorb and has recently gained a first in her Masters degree in composition at the London College of Music and Media. She has composed chamber music for groups including the Fibonacci Sequence and has a particular affinity with wind instruments; this commission builds on previous successful collaborations with both Paul Archibald and David Juritz.
Seraphim has been commissioned particularly for performance within a series of concerts in non-traditional venues that the LMP is developing in London’s ‘village’ communities, focussing on the outer London Boroughs of Havering, Hounslow and Merton. It is then also intended to be performed regularly as part of the LMP’s programme of smaller-scale concerts in rural areas, such as with Wingfield Arts in East Anglia. The outer London project takes as its starting point the lack of live arts provision and professionally led music education and community work in these Boroughs, particularly by comparison with provision for inner London residents. All the concerts are linked to education and community work.
One of our key aims in presenting the concert elements of this project is to introduce our audiences to more unfamiliar repertoire as well as the popular classics. The audiences who attend these concerts are not contemporary music attenders.
There are very few small-scale contemporary works for solo trumpet and strings that can be programmed alongside the more traditional baroque works for the same instrumentation; we hope to create a work which can immediately enter the London Mozart Players repertoire alongside Purcell and Jeremiah Clarke and thereby introduce our audiences to a contemporary idiom in an environment that they find unintimidating.”
Alice Walton, Development and Marketing Manager, London Mozart Players