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Jackson Hill   
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2012

Jackson HillNEWS

Jackson Hill’s El Duelo (The Mourning), a commission from Paris-based countertenor Ryland Angel for a work for solo voice and string quartet will be premiered and recorded early in 2012.  He is at work on a collaboration with five Yaddo writers’ colony poets for premiere in 2012.  Hill’s Ma fin est mon commencement is currently being toured by the ensemble New York Polyphony and is scheduled for recording by BIS records in Sweden.

PREMIERES

The Silent Ground, Roderick Williams, baritone, Christopher Glynn, piano, Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland, May 2011; BBC Radio 3 broadcast, May11. Still, in Remembrance, Elegy for Sept. 2011, Three Choirs Festival, Adrian Lucas, director, Worcester Cathedral, with live BBC Radio 3 broadcast, Worcester, England, Aug. 2011.   Still, in Remembrance, Sept. 2011 Commemoration, Choir of Saint Mark’s Church Locust Street, Matthew Glandorf, director, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 2011.

PERFORMANCES

Ghosts, toured in the UK by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, in London, in Oxford, March 2011, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England.  In Winter’s Keeping, performed by Ensemble Gloriana, Andrew Raiskums, director, St. Mark’s Church, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, June 2011; also, The Esoterics, Seattle metro area, Sept. - Oct. 2011.  A Haunted Melancholy, toured by the German ensemble Musik Project Altmark West, Alexander Klopp, director, Lingen, Brome, Ahlbeck, Anklam, Aug.-Sept. 2011 in Bad Bevensen, Germany. Voices of Autumn, toured in Ireland, by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Simon Carrington, conductor, Navan, Ennis County Clare, Louth Sept. 2011. Missa Brevis, choir of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, John Scott, director, and Tristis est anima mea, choir of Corpus Christi Church, Louise Basbas, director, NYC, April 2011.


 

2011

Jackson Hill has recently received a commission from the Three Choirs Festival (UK) for a work commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 for the Worcester Festival in 2011, including live broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  He has also received a commission from Paris-based countertenor Ryland Angel for a work for solo voice and string quartet for late 2010, and is at work on a collaboration with five Yaddo writers’ colony poets for premiere in 2011.

PREMIERES

Ghosts for string quartet by Fitzwilliam String Quartet in Manchester Cathedral Manchester, UK on 5/27/10.  Ma fin est mon commencement by ensemble New York Polyphony at the Oslo Cathedral (European Premiere) in Oslo, Norway on 8/7/10.  Where cross the crowded ways of life by choir of Centenary Methodist Church directed by Stanley Baker in Richmond, VA on 10/17/10. (Bicentennial commission) 

PERFORMANCES

When Spring Is Born at Last by Orpheus Chamber Choir directed by Don Krehbiel at First United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX on 5/2/10.  Ghosts by Fitzwilliam String Quartet, national broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and performances at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire, London, UK on 6/13/10.  Tango-no-Tango, Kaoru Tashiro, piano, Museu Nacional Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal on 6/17/10 and at The Culture Center, Nara, Japan on 8/20/10.  Klavierstücklein für Kai by Kai Schumacher, piano at Volksbank Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern, Germany on 9/3/10.  Ma fin est mon commencement by ensemble New York Polyphony at the Church of St. Mary of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA on 11/13/10.

RECORDINGS

In Mystery Veiled, choir of Exeter College Oxford, Alistair Reid, director. Regent Records (UK) REGCD332.
 


 

2010

NEWS

The composer retired from the music faculty of Bucknell University at the end of June 2008. He is spending 2009-10 traveling and working on commissions for soloists and ensembles in the US, Germany, and the UK. His music continues to be performed in the repertoire of ensembles such as Chanticleer and The King’s Singers.

PREMIERES

A Bucknell Fantasy, for concert band, was introduced May 18, 2008, by the Penn Central Wind Band, under the direction of William Kenny, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. The King’s Singers performed the London premiere of Remembered Love, November 21, 2008, Cadogan Hall, London, England, UK. Kai Schumacher gave the January 28, 2009, premiere of Klavierstücklein für Kai (Darling Variation X), Folkwang Hochschule, Duisburg, Germany. Fantasia Bucnelliana for Brass Quintet was first heard in a May 15 performance by The Commonwealth Brass, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. The New York Polyphony introduced Ma fin est mon commencement, September 14, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, NE; the group performed the piece again November 5 at Church of the Ascension, New York, NY. A Haunted Melancholy received its premiere September 19 from the Musik Project Altmark West, Telemann Concert Hall, Magdeburg, Germany; the group performed the piece again on November 14, Organ-days Festival, St. Vincenz Pfarrkirche, Schöningen, Germany.

PERFORMANCES

John Scott led the Choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in a performance of Missa Brevis, April 5, 2009, New York, NY. Voices of Autumn was performed June 5 by The Crossing choral ensemble under the direction of Donald Nally, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA; it received another performance November 1, by The Lyric Consort, led by Alan Baker, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton, PA. The Choir of Exeter College Oxford, under the direction of Alistair Reid, presented In Mystery Veiled, June 12, 2009, Oxford, England, UK.

PUBLICATIONS

Summer Dreams, Hinshaw Music.

RECORDINGS

Superflumina babylonis, pianist Kris Carlisle. National Recording Corp.


 

2008

Jackson Hill will retire as Professor of Music at Bucknell University in June 2008. His cycle of settings of Japanese seasonal pieces has been performed by such groups as the Hilliard Ensemble, Chanticleer, the Westminster Williamson Voices, the Esoterics, and the Woodley Ensemble. The Chanticleer recording of In Winter’s Keeping and the King’s Singers’ recording of Remembered Love received numerous broadcasts during 2006-07 on NPR stations; BBC Radio 3, and Classic FM in the UK; as well as Australian, Swiss and Canadian radio. Summer Dreams, the final piece in Jackson Hill’s cycle of settings of ancient Japanese poems about the changing seasons of the year, was commissioned and premiered by the Lyric Consort, Alan Baker, director, at its April 13 spring concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton, PA. Other works in this cycle include commissions for the ensemble Chanticleer, the King’s Singers, and the Westminster Williamson Voices. The composer is currently working on several commissions for soloists and ensembles in the US, Germany, and the UK. Hill’s website, including sample sound files, is found at www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jhill.

Performances

The choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York, NY, performed Missa Brevis for SATB choir on November 23, 2006, with John Scott conducting. Remembered Love was toured widely by the King’s Singers on their concert tours in 2006-2007, including performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany as well as in the US, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland; it was also performed August 3, 2007, in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The motet Surge et Illuminare, Jerusalem was presented January 28, 2007, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, MN, with Philip Brunelle conducting. The Vanderbilt University New Music Ensemble under the direction of Robin Fountain performed Tholos for chamber ensemble on March 26. Voices of Autumn was heard in a July 9 performance led by Ralph Allwood, in Eton College Chapel at Eton College, England, UK.

Publications

In Mystery Veiled, SATB choir and organ; GIA. Remembered Love, composed for the King’s Singers; KS Music/Hal Leonard Music.

Recordings

Landscape and Time, the King’s Singers; includes Remembered Love; Signum Classics Label (SIGCD 090).

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