The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra launched their 2019/20 season featuring a wealth of concerts including two new commissions by Grace-Evangeline Mason. Her new work ‘Mahler’s Letters’ for their chorus will be premiered under Ellie Slorach alongside Petrenko’s Mahler VII in June 2020, and a new staged work with a libretto by Lila Palmer inspired by the life and work of Hannah Lightbody that features all three Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choirs – Melody Makers, Children's Choir and Youth Choir - in July 2020.
Jennifer Johnston, recently announced as the RLPO’s upcoming Artist in Residence, is to release her debut solo disc ‘A Love Letter to Liverpool’ on Rubicon Classics. Mason is pleased to have arranged the traditional song ‘I Saw Three Ships’ for the album, which was recorded by Johnston and pianist Alisdair Hogarth. The disc will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and Presto Classical on the 27th September 2019.
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra recently announced their next season celebrating 100 years of the CBSO including an unprecedented series of new commissions from Thea Musgrave, Thomas Adès, former Composer in Association Julian Anderson,Jörg Widmann, Grace-Evangeline Mason, Gary Carpenter and Unsuk Chin. Mason is really pleased to have been commissioned to write a work for the CBSO’s Centre Stage Concert Series to be premiered in May 2020.
Grace-Evangeline Mason recently wrote an article for the Royal Philharmonic Society revealing her composition process, painting and poetry. She invites you to peer into the globe of her sound-world. She paints. Writes words. Improvises at the piano. Over time, her music emerges from the sights and sounds she receives. Read her story here.
As part of the Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival in January, the Eblana String Trio premiered Mason’s new work Into The Abyss, I Throw Roses, which was inspired by words from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Posthumous Fragments. The work was commissioned by the Park Lane Group and was described as a ‘beautiful and muscular piece’ in the recent four-star Guardian Review.
Grace is pleased to have been featured on this BBC Bitesize page for Key Stage 1&2 school children (aged 4-11), which was written and compiled by VividEchoUK based on a short interview conducted back in August. A fantastic resource to inspire the next generation exploring a diverse range of exciting careers through the study of both STEM and creative subjects.
Grace is pleased to have been selected for Psappha Ensemble’s ‘Composing For’ Scheme this year. She will work with North-West based harpist, Lauren Scott, to create a piece for solo harp to be filmed in May 2019.
In the year that the RPS Composition Prize for young composers turns 70, the Royal Philharmonic Society has commissioned new works for leading ensembles and festivals across the UK. Grace is honoured to have been awarded a commission to write a new chamber work to be premiered at the Cheltenham Music Festival in 2019.
Grace is very pleased to have been commissioned to write a new work for the London Symphony Orchestra's Community Choir, which consists of 120 mixed-ability singers who make up a diverse cross-section of the local community, to be premiered on Friday 16 November 2018 in a concert themed around remembrance.
Grace is pleased to have been shortlisted for the British Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days Festival 2018 in partnership with Sound and Music, for her orchestral work 'KINTSUKUROI: (Golden Repair)'.
As part of the New Music North West Festival this year, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will perform 'KINTSUKUROI: (Golden Repair)' alongside works by other contemporary composers on November 14th, conducted by Mark Heron.
'RIVER' for chamber orchestra recieved three performances in water-themed BBC Proms concerts in Hull on saturday by the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Nicholas McGegan alongside Handel's 'Water Music' and others.
On monday evening my new work 'RIVER', which was co-commissioned by BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' programme and the BBC Proms, received it's premiere performance by London Early Opera and conducted by Bridget Cunningham.
London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (LFCCM) under the direction of Alastair Carey. It was a beautiful concert, which took place in St George's Church, Bloomsbury, and was divided into four parts to reflect the life of Christ.
It has been a rather busy few days! On friday my new piece for big band, '4AM In The Rain', was premiered at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) by their Jazz Collective under the direction of Mike Hall.
It has now been quite a while since my one act chamber opera 'The Yellow Wallpaper', which was commissioned by the Helios Collective, was performed at ENO Lilian Baylis House, London. It was an incredible experience.
Over summer I was delighted to have been busy writing my one act chamber opera entitled ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, which was commissioned by the Helios Collective as part of their ‘formations’ 2016 events in collaboration with ENO and KCL. I have always loved the short story of the same name by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and I have harboured the wish to turn it into an opera for about 2 years!
On November 1st, my new piece for string quartet and electronics, '..By The Atmosphere Of A Room', was performed as part of the 'Decontamination' concert series. The work was commissioned by Larry Goves, the curator of the series, for a concert inspired by the works of Pierre Boulez and David Bowie.
Yesterday afternoon my new piece, 'The Rosy Hearth', was premiered in the RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester, by Ranald McCusker (tenor voice) and Elin Rees (piano). It was commissioned by the RNCM for their 'Day of Song' festival, which was a wonderful exploration into composers who were inspired by great poets. The concert, titled 'An Exquisite Hour',featured works that set texts by Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire and Heinrich Heine.
Annually, the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the Manchester Writing School run a collaborative competition which culminates in a concert demonstrating the works of both composition and literature students called the Rosamond Prize. I am pleased my work 'SAMSON' was performed and subsequently won the Rosamond Prize 2016.
A few evenings ago, my piece 'Let The Rain Kiss You' for trombone and electronics was performed by John Kenny in the Open Circuit Festival 2016, in Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool. I was pleased that my piece was selected for the event and it was a really enjoyable concert.
Last night my new piece for harp quartet, 'Peach Blossom Garden', was performed in the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Chamber Music Festival 2016. The festival was influenced by Mendelssohn’s ‘songs without words’ and therefore ‘Peach Blossom Garden’, like the Mendelssohn, focuses on the creation of imagery.
Recently I had the pleasure of conducting my short work 'Per Aspera Ad Astra' for SA choir and large ensemble in St John's Smith Square, London. The piece was commissioned by the Girl's Day School Trust (GDST) to celebrate their wealth of talented students from their schools across the country in the final of The GDST Young Musician and Vocalist of the Year Award competition.