On 21 February 2020 at Zaryadye small concert hall, there will be a concert featuring the vocal ensemble INTRADA and the British conductor Stephen Layton. The programme includes works of Benjamin Britten, Karl Jenkins, James MacMillan and Gabriel Jackson. Special guests of the concert will be two established UK composers Sir Karl Jenkins and Gabriel Jackson. They will come to Moscow to present their works to the audience. The composers' visit is supported by RESONATE programme.
About Stephen Layton
John Tavener’s figure (1944–2013) is closely connected with one of the best choral conductors Stephen Layton. Layton worked together with Tavener for years and conducted most of his works. Stephen Layton also conducts Arvo Pärt’s music and premieres new works of other famous contemporary composers. Founder and Director of Polyphony, Layton is also Fellow and Director of Music at Trinity College Cambridge and Music Director of Holst Singers. His former posts include Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Chief Guest Conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia, and Director of Music at the Temple Church in London. Laureate of two Gramophone awards, winner of Diapason d'Or de l'Année (France), Echo Klassik award (Germany), five times nominated for Grammy. This will be Stephen Layton’s first time in Russia.
About Sir Karl Jenkins
Sir Karl Jenkins is one of the most performed living composers in the world. Educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace alone has been performed over 2000 times in 20 different countries. His style and integrity has transcended musical boundaries encompassing jazz-rock with Soft Machine, the global ‘crossover’ phenomenon Adiemus, soundtracks for Levis and British Airways, while stopping off along the way to score a Kiefer Sutherland movie, be a castaway on BBC “Desert Island Discs”, be featured by Melvyn Bragg on the ITV seminal South Bank Show and be awarded the Freedom of the City of London.
A Doctor of Music, he holds Fellowships, Honorary Doctorates and Professorships at five universities or conservatoires, including the Royal Academy of Music, where a room has been named in his honour. In November 2009 he was given the Cymru For The World Award and in March 2010 was honoured with the Hopkins Medal given by the St. David’s Society for the State of New York.
In 2015 he was confirmed as the most popular living composer in Classic FM’s ‘Ultimate Hall of Fame’ and holds the Classic FM ‘Red f’ award for ‘outstanding service to classical music’. He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to composing and crossing musical genres” and his autobiography Still with the Music was published by Elliott & Thompson.
About Gabriel Jackson
One of Britain’s foremost and most celebrated composers, Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda in 1962. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, Jackson went on to study composition with Richard Blackford and with John Lambert at the Royal College of Music. While at the college he won the Theodore Holland Award in 1981 and was awarded the R.O. Morris Prize for Composition in 1981 and 1983.
His music is regularly performed, recorded and broadcast throughout Europe and the USA. Particularly acclaimed for his choral works, his liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of most of Britain’s cathedral and collegiate choirs and he is a frequent collaborator with the leading professional groups of the world. Alongside his work with voices, he has written a number of instrumental pieces that take their inspiration from conceptual artists Richard Long, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Yoko Ono.
Current projects include a series of choral pieces for Norwich Cathedral Choir, the St Louis Chamber Chorus, the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Oslo Cathedral Youth Choir, and a chamber opera with Latvian librettist Kārlis Verdiņš.
The vocal ensemble INTRADA initially united musicians passionate about ancient music of the 16th–18th centuries. Today, INTRADA performs a cappella music of different cultures and epochs, participates in large scale vocal and instrumental performances. INTRADA is a regular participant of the acknowledged classical and contemporary music events. The ensemble premiered a number of 20th–21st century works by F. Martin, D. Lang, F. Yeznikian, V. Rannev, A. Sysoev and others. In 2014, INTRADA and the British conductor Peter Phillips initiated a memorial festival for Sir John Tavener in Moscow.