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Dress rehearsal for Anya 17

Ensemble 10.10, the specialist contemporary music arm of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, will be performing the World Premiere of Anya 17 by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye, tomorrow evening at Philharmonic Hall, 7/7/2012 at 7.30 pm. See what The Independent has to say about this one hour chamber opera.

The Independent

Clarke Rundell with Adam Gorb sitting behind

The production of this contemporary music ‘Theatre Night’, has been plagued with problems. There is a last minute rush on to sell tickets before the premiere. Sadly, the initial venue chosen, went bankrupt in January: the very trendy Contemporary Urban Centre was closed and put up for sale after financial difficulties.

Conductor Clarke Rundell working his break

A replacement venue was organised in the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre. Formerly The Neptune Theatre, The Epstein has been recently reopened after a multi million pound makeover. Unfortunately, the venue has encountered plumbing difficulties this week and the auditorium has become flooded.

Percussionist Dave Lewis takes well over an hour to set up his gear!

Luckily, although a much bigger auditorium than intended for Ensemble 10.10’s loyal and devoted audience, Philharmonic Hall was available, as the RLPO are doing daytime schools concerts all this week and next. We are hoping that word filters down to our audience, who have been looking forward to this special event for ages.

Ensemble 10.10 will be playing the same programme in Manchester, at the Royal Northern College of Music, on Friday 9/3/2012 for those unlucky enough to miss tomorrow’s performance. The concert in Manchester is part of the North West Composers’ Festival. The programme will include two further world premieres, By Richard Whalley and Yu Oda. The other two composers featured will be Colin Matthews and Ailis Ni Riain.

Si Powell, enjoying his work

Rehearsals, for what is an extremely challenging programme for the musicians, have been taking place in the RLPO’s newly converted church in Everton, The Friary. Clarke Rundell is conducting and the soloists are mainly drawn from the talent at the Royal Northern College of Music’s opera school.

The Friary

Richard Whalley is Professor of Composition at Manchester University. His new work, ‘A Very Serious Game’ is based around three lithographs by the Dutch Artist M.C. Escher, The House of Stairs, Metamorphosis and Three Worlds.

Clarke Rundell conducting with composer, Richard Whalley sat behind

Yu Oda’s work has been chosen out of the young composers Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival scheme, which the RLPS and Ensemble 10.10 have been taking part in. The scheme is also being participated in Holland, Italy and France. Oda has been participating on the scheme with three other composers. Two from China and two from Italy.

Dress rehearsal for Anya 17

BBC North West News – Anya 17 is discussed & shown between 11 minutes and 13 minutes

For more information on the opera, visit

I am always surprised by who attends contemporary music concerts. Here is Professor Ryuji Tamura, part of this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry winning team and his friend ‘Mizzy’, who is head chef at Liverpool’s best Japanese restaurant, Etsu. Ryuji is Associate Professor of Material Sciences at Tokyo University and is the inventor of the Quasi Chrystal.

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