Intricate Web Saturday 20th May 7.30pm CBSO Centre, Birmingham

The Fitzwilliam Quartet, singer Loré Lixenberg, cellist Heather Tuach and clarinettist Ronald Woodley perform music from Liz Johnson's new double CDIntricate Web on the Métier Contemporary label. 

Tickets available here.

An intriguing mix of Liz Johnson's music ranging from her miniature for string quartet Tide purl to the huge clarinet quintet Sea-change with fascinating solo songs setting Jo Shapcott's quirky poetry and the expansive Cello Suite Reflections of an Eccentric English Artist inspired by Ben Hartley. With poetry by Caleb Klaces and David Hart.

  

 

Colwall Requiem for Aleppo Sunday 2nd April 4pm St James the Great, Colwall

A multi-dimensional new requiem by Liz Johnson commissioned by St James Colwall Choir for refugees from Syria and around the world.

Wonderful responses from audience and performers alike. This was a memorable event!

Go to page Colwall Requiem for Aleppo for more about the project... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're All In The Same Boat 

On Sunday 11th December 2016 2-3pm our group Vantage Points: composer Liz Johnson, artist Fion Gunn and choreographer Sarah Rubidge will perform 'We're all in the same boat'. We will be walking, dancing and singing our way across Millennium Bridge, London, with boats of all shapes and sizes, including a 'boat-shoe' created and worn by Fion Gunn, in support of refugees forced to flee their homes, finishing outside the Tate Modern. Join us if you can or like/share the FB page https://www.facebook.com/allinthesameboat/ 

 

 

 

 

Ex Cathedra perform Ipsum Regem by Liz Johnson December 2016

Liz Johnson's new carol Ipsum Regem for SATTB will feature in this December's Christmas Music by Candlelight in Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Hereford, Hagley, London and Birmingham. 

 

Triptych I premiere now available on Youtube   

Audience response...

'I found the evening utterly inspiring. The fusion of art and music was perfect. Lucy was able to take flight through the improvisatory quality of her playing to match the expressive lines that you had both created. It was deeply moving.......unforgettable.
Thank you both for your beautiful work.'

Penny Vere, audience member

October 5th 2016 Insights into Inspiration 

Elmslie House, 8, The Avenue, Malvern  7.30pm

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triptych I is a new work for unaccompanied baroque violin by Liz Johnson, performed by renowned Baroque specialist Lucy Russell.

Inspired by the artwork of Dora Williams, the music juxtaposes baroque dance and decorative ornamentation with contemporary lines and gestures.  

 A short film about the composing process is on view at the Elements Exhibition, Elmslie House, Malvern until 13th October 2016. 

 

August 2016 Triptych I for Baroque violin - Liz Johnson

Lucy Russell and I have been collaborating on a new work inspired by artist Dora Williams' painting Triptych - a scarred series. The music incorporates elements of Baroque ornamentation and extemporisation set in a contemporary framework.

On Weds 5th October 2016, 7.30pm the piece will be premiered by Lucy at Elmslie House, Malvern, along with a discussion with Liz about the composing of the music.

There will be a retiring collection for Cancer Research UK 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2016 International Prize awarded for Sky-burial 

The IAWM Search for New Music 2016 Gideon Prize has been awarded to Liz Johnson for her fourth string quartet Sky-burial for voice and string quartet. Written in 2005 the piece is a single movement lasting 28 minutes, setting the evocative poem by Kathleen Jamie. A new recording of Sky-burial by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet with singer Loré Lixenberg will be released next April on the Métier label.

June 2016 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....a most wonderful week spent recording my new brand new piece 'Sea-change' for multiple clarinets and string quartet with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and clarinettist Ron Woodley at St Martin's Church, East Woodhay.


The music features five clarinets from the tiny E flat to the mammoth mother of them all, the contrabass clarinet (a gentle giant). 

 

May 8th 2016

Amazing day recording songs with Loré Lixenberg and Ron Woodley setting poems by Jo Shapcott


Watching Medusa - my new setting of Jo Shapcott's intriguing poem for singer Loré Lixenberg and shaky egg. We are recording it in May ...WATCH THIS SPACE!...

Three Loves for three female voices performance at the Hartford Women Composers Festival 2016, USA, on March 11th 2016  

This poem by Heather Wastie was written in response to the premiere performance of Wild Man Dances for two pianos in November 2015:

Wild man dances

for Liz Johnson

Cell walls sweat,

drip mercury,

muscles twitch,

throb against blood

 

a flash mob of corpuscles

hammers on lungs,

polished black boots

stamp on the heart

 

tendons and ligaments

check like chains,

nerve endings clench

a furious flamenco

 

strictly self-contained,


rib cage rattling,


inside each measured man

a wild one dances

 

© Heather Wastie

October 2015

Wild Man Dances for two pianos Premiere Performance:

Tuesday October 27th 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall 

Andrew West and Ronald Woodley 

 

Gigerlette now available on Youtube 

Lesley-Jane Rodgers - soprano

Dr K Sextet conducted by Ewan Campbell Live Premiere Recording at Club Inegales, January 22nd 2015 

 

Iridaceae Kings Place, 4pm Sunday 19th January 2014

  • Iridaceae by Liz Johnson for solo violin and live electronics performed by Marcus Barcham-Stevens in a concert that fuses Jazz, Classical, Folk, and electronic music.

    This event is built around three current Fitzwilliam Quartet recording projects, headed by the launch of a new disc of works by Steinmetz himself for string quartet, jazz violin, and soprano saxophone.

90 York Way, N1 9AG London, United Kingdom
 

 

 

 

3DOM Autumn Sharing - a celebration of music

24th November 3pm

Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire 

Providing an inspiring creative musical place for people with isolating disabilities by bringing them together with musicians using innovative technology.

Summer 2013

3DOM Summer Sharing Weds17th July 6pm 

Providing an inspiring creative musical place for people with isolating disabilities by bringing them together with musicians using innovative technology.

A showcase of new music created using Soundbeam 5 and iPads with 3DOM participants.

Winter 2014 

Iridaceae for solo violin and live electronics at Kings Place, London

13th June 7.30pm Conservatoire Saxophone Ensemble, dir. Naomi Sullivan

Almost... - Liz Johnson

Orisha Osun - Liz Johnson 

27th June 7.30pm RCM Saxophone Ensemble, dir. Kyle Horch

Almost... - Liz Johnson 

Thursday 4th April  Tide purl for string quartet

commissioned by Music in the Village

Fitzwilliam String Quartet 

at 

St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow Village. 
Church End, London E17

7.30pm Johnson Tide purl 

Sunday 12th May Lighten Our Darkness (SATB)

Louth Chamber Choir, dir. Frederic Goodwin

at St James Church, Louth, Lincs. 

Thursday June 13th  Almost... (premiere) for saxophone ensemble

Orisha Oshun for soprano sax solo, sax ensemble and percussion 

Summer 2012 Performances

Flotilla saxophone quartet
Friday 25th May, 6.30pm. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE. 
 
Liz Johnson - O Vos for 3 alto saxophones 

Icarus dir. Chi Hoe Mak 6th June 7.30pm Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire Liz Johnson - Almost... for a capella voices, setting words by poet David Hart 

Kyle Horch - saxophone Pavel Timofejevsky - piano Thursday 28th June, 1pm. St John's Church, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill W11 2NN. 

Liz Johnson - Inflorescence
 
Kyle Horch - saxophone Pavel Timofejevsky - piano
Thursday 12 July World Saxophone Congress, St Andrew's University, Fife
Liz Johnson - Inflorescence for soprano saxophone and piano
 

Other news:
New version of Ben Hartley Reflections - suite for solo cello (20 mins) now available
and Collected Legs  - pieces for the amateur cellist from the Ben Hartley Reflections suite.

Spring 2012

Spring has sprung and the latest action includes:

finishing Enlli for clarinet quintet  (seal song and sea flow)

a clutch of exciting new projects with BCMG Learning see www.bcmg.org.uk 

Autumn 2011

Current projects:

Enlli for clarinet quintet based around David Hart's poem Crag Inspector, to be performed in 2012 (tba)

Presteigne Festival - 'Singing History project with schools on the Welsh borders for performance in July 2012

BCMG Learning - Schools Concert Plus project 'A Box of Delights' with Birmingham Primary Schools, concert January 21st 2012 CBSO Centre

Thursday 14th July, 7.30pm  

Is This It? - A new opera by Liz Johnson and Rosalind Haslett
The Opera Group
 
Is This It?
When an extra angel appears in the foyer of the opera house the management are thrown into confusion, especially when it begins to become apparent that this is no ordinary angel. One man must take action to save the theatre, the audience, the earth - not to mention the heavens - from the angel in the foyer. Addressing the issues of individual action and personal responsibility, this new opera by Liz Johnson and Rosalind Haslett is a companion piece to Like Bedford's Seven Angels.
 
Linbury Studio Foyer
The Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden

Monday 20th June 2011, 1pm

Kyle Horch, saxophone and Pavel Timofejevsky, piano

Liz Johnson - Inflorescence (world premiere)

St Peter's Church

Kensington Park Road
Notting Hill
London W11 2PN
 

Sunday April 3rd 2011, 7.00pm

Bournville Young Singers, director Anne Ellis

Nightmare Night - Liz Johnson

Sun Dances (Premiere) - Liz Johnson

Birmingham Town Hall

Tuesday March 29th, 1pm

Flotilla 


Liz Johnson - Hildegard Reflections 

St Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

5 December 2010 3pm Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Forty-Something Fantasia for string quartet - Liz Johnson performed by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet

 

27 November 2010 7.30pm St Peter and St Paul's Parish Church, Ermington, Devon Ben Hartley Reflections - Liz Johnson for cello solo and choir, performed by Elaine Ackers (cello) and the Erme Singers (directed by Peter Thurley), supported by Peninsular Arts, Plymouth University. 

June 23rd 2010 1pm Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire Cabbage Dreams and Sleep Close - Liz Johnson, for voice and piano performed by Suzannah Purkis (voice) and Ronald Woodley (piano), Leaf-Fall-Dance - Liz Johnson, for piano solo performed by Marie-Louise Taylor
 
June 14th 2010 1pm St Peter's Church, Notting Hill O Vos - Liz Johnson, for 3 alto sax, performed by Flotilla

May 22nd 2010 Artrix, Bromsgrove Leaf-Fall-Dance - Liz Johnson, for solo piano performed by Marie-Louise Taylor (piano)

May 6th 2010 1.05pm Amaryllis Fleming Hall, RCM, London Orisha Osun -Liz Johnson, for soprano sax solo, sax sextet and percussion performed by the RCM saxophone ensemble directed by Kyle Horch

November 24th 2009 1.15pm Birmingham Conservatoire James Geer (tenor) and Ronald Woodley (piano) premiere Cabbage Dreams - Liz Johnson

Summer 2009 

Liz Johnson's Turn of the Moon for saxophone quartet featured in Rome, Italy

Donne In Musica Works for Saxophone Quartet

The 10 concerts planned with the SAXODIA QUARTET of the Antonia Scontrino Conservatory, Trapani, will take place in Rome between the 8th and 14th June. The works, chosen by international panel, will be performed in an "outreach" programme for the genral public of all ages and is the first of its kind in Italy - we are taking the contemporary works to schools, social centres, a library, a park and a centre for political refugees in the same quarter of Rome, Municipio XVIII, Roma Aurelia

 Spring 2009 Flotilla CD £10

Release of Flotilla CD for saxophone consort, featuring Liz Johnson's O Vos for 3 alto saxophones, from Hildegard Reflections.
Visit www.flotilla.org.uk for more information and
order your CD from www.bigshedmusic.co.uk
 
Flotilla's programmes include works by major international and British composers including Elliott Carter, Jonathan Dove, Edward McGuire, and William Sweeney. Committed to developing a distinctive repertoire, the group has presented the first performances and recordings of several works, including Paul Evernden's Three Songs for Sajmište and Liz Johnson's Hildegard Reflections.
 

January 17th 2009 When Words Sing BCMG

CBSO Centre, Birmingham Conductor: Peter Wiegold

Liz Johnson's Elephant Woman for solo voice, performed by Eileen Hulse with animations by Jonathan Lee
 

January 17th 2009, Plymouth Chamber Music Trust, Sherwell Centre, and 26th Jan: Birmingham Conservatoire, Frontiers series featuring Liz Johnson's Hildegard Reflections: 3 pieces for saxophone ensemble

January 18th: Red Hot Celli Peppers, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham featuring Liz Johnson's Celli Source for 8 cellos 

Liz Johnson in conversation with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies about her String Quartet No 3 Intricate Web performed by the Brodsky Quartet, October 5th 2008 Kings Place, London

 

 

 

 

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