An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st Century Violin Concertos


Paul Patterson
Allusions for 2 solo violins and strings (2007) (19.17)
1 – I False Impressions. Vivace vigoroso
2 – II Mindscape. Crotchet= 68
3 – III Beneath the Surface. Presto
Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie, Philippa Mo – violins)

Deborah Pritchard
4 – Wall of Water (2014) Violin Concerto (21.07)
Written in response to the paintings of Maggi Hambling

David Matthews
5 – Romanza for solo violin and string orchestra (2012) (10.49)
Andante appassionato: Tempo di valse: Tempo I

Robert Fokkens
6 – An Eventful Morning Near East London (2006) (13.12)
Violin Concerto*

Emily Doolittle
7 – ‘falling still’ for violin and strings (2001) (5.09)


Harriet Mackenzie, Violin

English String Orchestra
* English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods, conductor

Original price was: £12.00.Current price is: £10.00.

In stock

Harriet Mackenzie writes: This recording was inspired by my long-term working relationships with and respect for these composers. Contemporary music has always interested me. It is exhilarating to receive a score, often unseen by anyone else other than the composer. What is wanted? What is possible? Each piece a new discovery – a voyage into uncharted territories. When one is able to collaborate directly with the composer on a premiere it is a particularly heady mix.

The five composers represented here are all now based in Britain, but there is a colourful tapestry of different ethnicities, cultures, interests and influences between them. I feel so lucky and privileged to have worked with each one of these composers with their unique and powerful voices. My hope is that this disk will bring more attention to their work. Each one of these works is a premiere recording, and I am thrilled
that the composers were all present for the sessions. The new-ness of these pieces is a wonderful addition to the long-standing reputation and tradition of the ESO, an orchestra which has done so much to champion new and unknown British music for nearly forty years, including their associations with Tippett, McCabe, Maw and Joubert. Now, under the leadership of Kenneth Woods, I am proud that these works are part of that tradition.
Harriet Mackenzie

Additional information

Weight 104 g
Dimensions 142 × 125 × 10 mm

Nimbus Alliance

Catalogue Number

NI 6295

Release Date

2nd June 2017



Number of Discs


Barcode / UPC


Follow Us

Support Us

Become a Digital Supporter

Click here to find out more

Make a one-off Donation

Click here to donate with JustGiving, or donate with Credit/Debit card or PayPal below.

Join Us

Want to receive all the latest news, information and special offers from the orchestra? Then please join our mailing list today!

Pin It on Pinterest