We are currently working on continuing our long-term aim of working with and commissioning from the best of British composers, performing their works and making them available on recordings. Last year saw commissions and recordings by Graham Fitkin, Jonathan Dove and John McCabe, and we are now making further plans with two composers – Roxanna Panufnik and, once again, Graham Fitkin.
Roxanna has written a wide range of pieces – opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which are performed all over the world. We plan to commission Panufnik to write us a string quartet, which will be premiered at Folkestone 2020 and recorded for Signum Classics.
Having worked recently in the same festival with Graham and exceptional saxophonist Simon Haram, we would like to commission Graham to write us a piece for saxophone and string quartet, to be premiered at Folkestone 2021. Our second CD of Graham’s music will include this piece, Recur for Harp and Quartet, written for harpist Ruth Wall and us in 2016, and other currently unrecorded works.
Projects of this kind inevitably come at a price, and we are proud to be supporting some of the best of British contemporary composers. As well as seeking funding from grant-giving trusts, we would like to involve our Sacconi friends in the evolution and funding of these pieces. Drawing on the success of our raffle in 2015/16, this December we would like to launch our second raffle, again with the chance to win a house-performance by the Sacconi Quartet at a venue of your choice. We also have a second prize of a limited edition print of a stunning painting of the quartet by artist Emily Patrick, and further prizes of ten of the new CDs mentioned above.
As before, there will be one hundred tickets at £100 each. We will launch the raffle in December, with the draw taking place at the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone on 19th May. You can purchase tickets at any of our concerts, or by or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we are indebted to all of you for your support and enthusiasm for this endeavour.