Jack Sheen (born 1993) - Five miniatures/ndcirclingandcirclinga

Filmed Live on 24th February 2015 at Hallé St. Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester.

Jack Sheen conductor

Conrad Marshall flute
Dov Goldberg clarinet
Benedict Holland violin
Jennifer Langridge cello

Five miniatures/ndcirclingandcirclinga was written for Psappha and the Alwinton Summer Concert Series following a request for a piece which focused on the idea of rebuilding a broken instrument. Thus, the ensemble is treated as one instrument which is gradually constructed, slowly transforming over the five short movements from each player acting independently of one another to them finally coming together to orchestrate one musical idea.
“The piece also continues my exploration of music built around notions of repetition and cyclic material, creating works which I see more as a static structures to be observed from various angles rather than followed through a clear, linearly driven narrative.”

About the composer: Jack Sheen
Jack Sheen is a composer and conductor from Manchester. Following an interest in experimental and electronic music, Jack began writing music whilst in sixth form and soon joined the National Youth Orchestra as a composer in 2010. Since then he has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Aurora Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata and Psappha, and has been awarded prizes such as BBC Young Composer of the Year, RNCM Gold Medal and Highly Commended in the Royal Intercollegiate Theodore Holland Prize. Currently a student of Larry Goves and David Horne on the RNCM Joint Course, Jack graduated from The University of Manchester in 2014 with the Hargreaves Prize for composition and First-class honours, specialising in composition, conducting and aesthetics. Whilst studying he has had the privilege of taking part in masterclasses with composers such as Michael Finnissy, Heiner Goebbels, Simon Holt, Oliver Knussen, Liza Lim and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and of having his music performed by groups such as Opera North, the BBC Singers and the RNCM New Orchestra.

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