Nash Ensemble recording to be issued in May. The Nash Ensemble’s recording of seven of John’s works will be issued on the BIS label in May 2020 The disc surveys over 30 years of composing activity and includes The Gardener of Aleppo (2016); Ghost-Train (2016), Serenata Concertata (1984); The Phagotus of Afranio (1992); Chicken Studies… Continue reading Nash Ensemble recording to be issued in May.
John Pickard’s Mass in Troubled Times has been nominated in the Choral category of The Ivors Composer Awards (formerly the British Composer Awards). ivorsacademy.com/awards/the-ivors-composer-awards
The Proms world premiere of Pictured Within (with John’s Finale, The Art of Beginning) will be shown on BBC4 television on Sunday 8 September at 19.30 www.bbc.co.uk/programmes It will then be available on the i-player
Prom 35 on 13 August 2019, will feature the world premiere of Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. Commissioned by the BBC to mark the 60th birthday of Martyn Brabbins, the work will be played by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its dedicatee. Like Elgar’s Enigma Variations (to be heard in… Continue reading The Art of Beginning – BBC Commission for Proms 2019
The premiere of Mass in Troubled Times is available to listen to until 12 March. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0002hf7
John’s large-scale new work for unaccompanied voices will be premiered by the BBC Singers, conducted by Andrew Griffiths at St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, London, 1 February, 2019. The work is the second collaboration with the writer Gavin D’Costa, who wrote the text for Daughters of Zion. The text draws on multiple sources across five… Continue reading Mass in Troubled Times – Première
In September 2018, the acclaimed Nash Ensemble of London www.nashensemble.org.uk recorded seven of John’s chamber works for release on the BIS label during 2019. The disc covers 32 years of John’s composing career and six of the works are premiere recordings. This will be the fifth all-Pickard CD to have been released by BIS Records.… Continue reading Seven chamber works recorded by the Nash Ensemble
The recent BIS recording of John Pickard’s 5th Symphony and three other orchestral works, by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Martyn Brabbins has been shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in the Contemporary category. More details are available on Albion Media
Symphony No. 5; Sixteen Sunrises; Concertante Variations (Presteigne Concerto) performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by Martyn Brabbins has been released by BIS Records.
John’s work for The Online Orchestra was premiered in three locations simultaneously in July 2015 and has been shortlisted in the Amateur or Young Performers category of the 2016 BASCA British Composer Awards. www.britishcomposerawards.com