The Viola Commissioning Circle
Viola Commissioning Circle

Lockdown Commissions Various Composers

A number of short pieces for unaccompanied viola to respond to the exceptional circumstances of the Covid-19 epidemic.

We hope that in time they will form a suite that can receive concert performances or be issued on CD

The following composers have so far agreed to participate:

  • Huw Watkins
  • Garth Knox
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Cassandra Miller
  • Martyn Brabbins
  • William Marsey
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür
  • Olli Mustonen
  • Thomas Larcher
  • Anna Thorvalsdottir

Commissioned by The Viola Commissioning Circle with the first five commissions generously supported by Nicholas and Judith Goodison

Each piece will be filmed at a different location and then released on social media

Lockdown Commission #1 'Power' by Huw Watkins was filmed on the roof of St John's Smith Square and released on Instagram and YouTube on 5 June 2020

Lockdown Commission #2 'Quartet for One' by Garth Knox was filmed in the Royal Festival Hall and released on Instagram and YouTube on 26 June 2020

Lockdown Commission #3 'Objets Trouvés' by Esa-Pekka Salonen was filmed in the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh and was released on the EIF website on 8 August 2020 and subsequently on Lawrence Power's Instagram and YouTube channels

Lockdown Commission #4 'Daylonging, Slacktide' by Cassandra Miller was filmed in and around Snape Maltrings and was released on Instagram and YouTube on 6 August 2020

Lockdown Commission #5 'Matchless Space' by Martyn Brabbins has been filmed in the London Coliseum, and will be released later in the year.

Lockdown Commission #6 'This Poor Room' by William Marsey has been filmed and will be released later in the year.

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