Warblework: Cassandra Miller In Focus
Thursday 19 October 2023, 6.00pm
RNCM Carole Nash Recital Room
Each year our In Focus series invites trailblazing composers to the RNCM. Behind the scenes they work closely with our staff and students, culminating in a compelling day of performances. This Autumn we’re delighted to welcome Dr Cassandra Miller.
Meet Cassandra as she joins players on stage for an in-depth conversation. In between, our students will perform her chamber music works, alongside a new piece by a student composer.
Philip the Wanderer is Cassandra’s first exploration into the use of transcription. Inspired by the sounds of South Eastern Africa, it’s based off a recording of Mandowa II, played by Mozambican musician Zhukake Masingi.
Warblework unravels birdsongs from four different thrushes. Written for string quartet, the piece was a huge commission in 2011 from friends, family, and her community in Canada to help fund her European studies.
Cassandra Miller Philip the Wanderer
ii. Broadly, surveilling the great expanse
iii. Joyfully, jauntily, as if running away from regret itself
Holly Calder piano
Yige Wu Chirp echoes
Naomi Robinson piccolo
Kira Schlosser flute
Cassandra Miller Warblework
i. Swainson’s Thrush
ii. Hermit Thrush
iii. Wood Thrush
Roman Lytwyniw, Sean Morrison violins
Beth Willett viola
Andrea Kim cello
Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega
£2.50 (Under 26s and Students) + £1 Booking Fee
£5 (Full) + £1 Booking Fee
This event will end at approximately 7.15pm.