Clare Hammond (piano) + RNCM Pianists
Adam Gorb Preludes (Nos 1 – 12)
No. 1 Prestissimo rit. Throughout (Evi Wang)
No. 2 Coming Together: Lento (Yifan Ma)
No. 3 Klezfest: Scherzando (John Smith)
No. 4 Madam I’m Adam: Prestissimo (Ethan Gillespie)
No. 5 Tango for Two Saxophones and Broken Accordion: Andante pesante (Chiara Lordi)
No. 6 Siciliano: Andantino with a lilt (Justine Gormley)
No. 7 Lift Off: Vivace energico (Yuxuan Zhao)
No. 8 Childhood Memory: Adagio (Liana Storey)
No. 9 In the Cold Light of Day: Allegro pesante (Philip Leslie)
No. 10 The Girl with the White Parasol: Poco vivace leggiero (Mason Greenwood)
No. 11 edulerP: Gravissimo accel. (Michael Shiu)
No. 12 Drums: Allegro (Roksana Dabrowska)
Sofia Gubaidulina Chaconne
Adam Gorb Preludes (Nos 13 – 24)
No. 13 Sliding Doors: Allegretto vivace
No. 14 Adagietto
No. 15 Samatha: Gravissimo
No. 16 Survivor: Lento rubato
No. 17 Autumn Leaf: Allegro misterioso
No. 18 Globalisation: Lento recitativo
No. 19 Valse triste: Allegretto
No. 20 Ouverture française: Vivace con brio
No. 21 Prestissimo
No. 22 Mini Mambo: Allegro molto
No. 23 Birthday Bash: Prestissimo
No. 24 Fugue: Grandioso – Andante tranquillo
Clare Hammond piano
Professor Adam Gorb was appointed Head of the School of Composition in 2000 and was made a Fellow of the RNCM in 2007.
A winner of three British Composer Awards, he studied music at Cambridge University (BA 1980), Composition at the Royal Academy of Music (where he graduated with the highest honours including the Principal’s Prize in1993), and in 2013 completed a PhD in Composition at Birmingham University. Prior to joining the RNCM Adam worked as a musical director and repetiteur in the West End and for repertory theatre and drama colleges, in addition to teaching composition at the London College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Academy.
His compositions include orchestral, ensemble, chamber, solo and choral, and have been commissioned, performed, broadcast and recorded worldwide. His works, many of which are commercially available, have featured in new music festivals in Huddersfield, Cheltenham, Spitalfields and Canterbury, and he has been a featured composer at Luton and Bromsgrove music clubs. He has had concerts devoted to his music in the UK, the USA and Canada, and a chapter in A Composer’s Insight (Meredith Music USA 2013) is dedicated to his work.
Adam has been a guest lecturer in universities and conservatoires in the USA, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Lithuania, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Austria.
Acclaimed as a ‘pianist of extraordinary gifts‘ (Gramophone) and ‘immense power‘ (The Times), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances. In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’ in recognition of outstanding achievement and in 2020 she was engaged to perform at the International Piano Series (Southbank Centre). This season she appears with the CBSO (Michael Seal) and BBC NOW, performs at the Aldeburgh and Husum Festivals, and gives live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and Danish Radio with violinist Henning Kraggerud.
Performances during the pandemic included recitals for the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Music, a live recital broadcast for BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts from St David’s Cardiff, and broadcast recordings of Moussa and Carwithen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Geoffrey Paterson) and BBC Concert Orchestra (Gavin Sutherland). During 2020-21, Clare was engaged to perform with the Britten Sinfonia (Ryan Wigglesworth), Sinfonia Varsovia (Jacek Kaspszyk), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Christoph Altstaedt) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Dalia Stasevska). In recent seasons, she has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Jacek Kaspszyk), and Philharmonia (Jamie Phillips). Clare gave the world premiere of Uncoiling The River by Kenneth Hesketh with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Martyn Brabbins) and released the Complete Keyboard Works of Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Nicholas McGegan) for BIS Records in 2019.
Clare’s discs for BIS have been widely praised with her latest, Variations, receiving extensive critical approval. The disc was commended for its “shimmering pianism and lightly-worn virtuosity” (BBC Music Magazine) and “artistry of the highest order” (Musical Opinion), while Crescendo (Belgium) hailed her as “one of the most exploratory pianistic personalities of our time”. Clare’s discography includes world premiere recordings of over twenty works.
Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.