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Upcoming Performances

 

Waterloo Festival
1st June – 25th June, 2017 – Waterloo Festival

Seven Doors – Sound Art Installation
16th June – 17th June, 2017 – The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall

Eurydice
24th June, 2017 – A new piece for tenor, children’s choir and organ, commissioned by the Waterloo Festival 2017.

Forest and dove
27th June – A new piece for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone away.
Joseph Havlat, Thomas Ang – Royal Academy Piano Festival (Royal Academy of Music)

Composer Speaks
30th June, 2017 – Presentation about recent compositions and research at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo.

Recent Performances

A caricature
17th November, 2016 – A solo piece for violoncello performed by Joanna Gutowska during a workshop run by Anssi Karttunen and Magnus Lindberg at the Royal Academy of Music.

Hieronymus
30th November, 2016 – A set of three miniatures for guitar based on details from Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings, 400 years after his death. The collection was performed by Saki Kato during the Composer’s Platform concert at the DJRH (Royal Academy of Music).

There is no rose of such virtue
2nd December, 2016 – Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music for the annual Christmas Carol Service, ‘Carols by Candelight’, at Marylebone Parish Church. The carol was conducted by Jonathan Schranz.

Creta Cadis!
21st January, 2017 – Commissioned by Teatru Manoel and the Maltese Presidency of the European Council 2017. It will be performed by bass Albert Buttigieg and the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble as part of the Valletta International Baroque Festival. The piece, based on Latin text by Maltese poet and doctor Giovanni Francesco Buonamico (1639 – 1680), will be performed on tour later in the year across European cities.

The woman with the forget-me-nots
24th January, 2017 – A piece for alto recorder, bass recorder, viola da gamba and Baroque cello. It will be performed by players at the Department of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

O Vos Omnes
7th April, 2017 – A motet for choir and strings. It will be performed by Cappella Coro Bel Canto at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in a concert, commissioned by the Ministry of Finance for a ECOFIN meeting as part of the Malta EU Presidency 2017.

How space breaks up around every cherry tree
27th April, 2017 – A new work for a sinfonietta. It will be performed by players at the Royal Academy of Music in DJRH (cond. Ben Glassberg).

Nunc Dimittis, Magnificat and Jubilate Deo
20th May, 2017 – Commissioned by the Old Hispanic Office (UoB) for Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir. It will be premiered in the Bristol Cathedral.

Farfett
21st May, 2017 – A song for soprano and piano. Commissioned by Scholar Cantorum Jubilate for Blooming – Afternoon with SJC. Premired in Gozo (Malta) by soprano Marouska Attard.

Il-ġimgħa tibda bil-fdalijiet
25th May, 2017 – A song cycle, commissioned by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation, for mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal. Based on poems by Adrian Grima. It will be premiered in London (more details to follow soon).

30th July 2016

Appointed Music Director at St. John’s Waterloo, a diverse and liberal Anglican centre as well as the residence of the Southbank Sinfonia.

Upcoming performances

21 April – Nabu crosses the Danube (Trio Mirage, Royal Academy of Music)

6 May – of lights and landscape (Horn Ensemble, Royal Academy of Music)

28 May – Flejguta (Hearing Orpheus, Gozo Ministry, Victoria Malta)

30 May – Flejguta (St. Ignatius’ College, Siggiewi Malta)


8 February 2016

The autobiography of an embryo, a piece for alto saxophone, marimba, accordion, and double bass, is set to be premiered on Tuesday 16th January at the Royal Academy of Music by the CHROMA Ensemble. The composition reflects on Eileen Agar’s painting of the same name.

The following is a link to Judith Weir’s blog-post about the Blossom Street Singers concert back in January, during which Veillée was premiered.

13 January 2016

Veillée is set to be premiered on Friday 15th January at Regent Hall (Oxford Street, London) by the Blossom Street Singers, under the direction of Hilary Campbell. The choral work is based on a poem, with the same name, by French writer Arthur Rimbaud.

15 November 2015

Stabat Mater was premiered on Friday evening at the Mdina Cathedral (Malta) at the official opening concert of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale with the participation of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Andriana Yordanova and Coro Bel Canto, under the direction of Christopher Muscat. The work is set to be released on CD later next year and broadcast on TV.

Photos: APS Bank/Maria Schembri/Gabriel Pace

13 November 2015
Following a week of recordings and rehearsals, Stabat Mater is set to be premiered later this evening at the Mdina Cathedral (Malta) at the official opening concert of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale with the participation of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Andriana Yordanova and Coro Bel Canto, under the direction of Christopher Muscat.

The sponsor of the concert, the recording and the National Composition Competition, through which Stabat Mater was awarded a prize, is APS Bank.

Photos: Stephania Farrugia Frantz/Euchar Gravina

18 October 2015
Stabat Mater, winner of the Special Jury Prize of the APS National Composition Competition (2012), is to be premiered on the 13th of November, 2015 at the Mdina Cathedral, Malta. Officially opening the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale, Stabat Mater is to be performed by Andriana Yordanova (soprano), Coro Bel Canto (dir. H Farrugia Frantz) and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (dir. Christopher Muscat). The work is also set to be recorded during the second week of November and released commercially on CD at a later date.

Coro Bel Canto and the Malta Phil under the direction of H Farrugia Frantz at the Mdina Cathedral (Reh, April 2015)

Coro Bel Canto and the Malta Phil under the direction of Hermann Farrugia Frantz at the Mdina Cathedral (Rehearsal, April 2015)

15 October 2015
Coro Bel Canto, under the direction of Hermann Farrugia Frantz, performed the choral composition Bjuda (Whiteness) along works by Maltese composers Joseph Vella and Charles Camilleri during a commemorative event at the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, Malta. Organised by the Arts Council Malta and attended by HE the President of Malta, the event commemorated Dun Karm Psaila, Malta’s national poet.

Dun Karm Psaila Evnt
Photo: Stephania Farrugia Frantz

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