Premiere at the Proms; Arts

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Premiere at the Proms; Arts


Byline: Joe Riley

THE Liverpool Phil played London's Royal Albert Hall last nigh, followed by confirmation of a return there on August 1when conductor Vasily Petrenko will conduct his first BBC Prom concert.

That concert will feature the premiere of a newwork by the Phil's current resident composer, Liverpool-born Kenneth Hesketh.

The same piece will be repeated when the Phil resumes international touring with a concert in Prague, before other engagements announced today in Germany and Holland.

More commissions appear in the schedule for the final part of this year and through 2009.

They take the number of premieres over two seasons to almost 40, a figure unmatched by any other British orchestra during the same period.

Among the composers featured in the new play list are Liverpool veteran Stephen Pratt, whose choral work, Uneasy Vespers Part 2, completes a project started during the early 90s, and local wunderkind Mark Simpson, the clarinetist who is the first winner of BBC young performer and composer competitions.

The 45-year-oldNewYork born composer Jennifer Higdon has written works for the full orchestra as well as the Phil's 10:10 contemporary music group.

Meanwhile, Ken He sketch's other premieres also include one for 10:10, another for the Phil's youth orchestra, and a carol for Christmas.

Talking of Christmas, one of Britain's best-known carol composers, John Rutter, conducts his own music and works by American 20th century favourites Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. …

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