Nevis Podcasts

Heidi van der Swaagh | Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Nevis cellist Heidi van der Swaagh chose Petite Suite de Concert’ by Samuel Coleridge Taylor as her piece. Coleridge-Taylor was born in London in 1875, and trained initially as a violinist. Best known perhaps for Hiawatha, this Petite Suite is also one of his most enduring.

Jessica Holmes | Ulysses Kay

Jessica Holmes, selected Pieta for English Horn and Stringsby Ulysses Kay. Ulysses Kay (1917 – 1995) was an eminent composer and professor, born in Arizona, who studied with William Grant Still and Paul Hindemith in his early career. He wrote prolifically, including symphonies, religious music and five operas. Pieta is taken from his time in Italy in the early 50s, where Kay won the Prix de Rome twice as he studied Italian liturgical music.

Joanna Stark | Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) was a versatile musician: composer, conductor and pianist, writing many orchestral and chamber works as well as film scores, alongside arranging music for Marvin Gaye, Max Roach and Harry Belafonte. As a conductor, Perkinson co-founded the Symphony for a New World in 1965, becoming its Music Director, as well as conducting his arrangements on record. Nevis cellist Joanna Stark, has chosen to perform the final, furious movement of Lamentations for Solo Cello, a piece described by the Perkinson as ‘the reflection and statement of a people’s crying out.

Joey O’Neill | Dai Fujikura

Nevis French horn player Joey O’Neill is playing PoyoPoyo, by Dai Fujikura. Fujikara was born in 1977, and has received much international acclaim for his music, which includes 4 piano concertos, 3 operas, music for Japanese instruments, and open-score and solo pieces. PoyoPoyo, a Japanese word meaning ‘something soft and squidgy’ was written for French horn player Nabuaki Fukukawa, using a bass trombone harmon-mute to find velvety, ‘poetic’ tones.

Lucy Morrell | Godwin Sadoh

Godwin Sadoh’s 2019 composition Ola Ilu is the choice of Nevis’ bassoonist Lucy Morrell. Sadoh, a composer, organist and ethno-musicologist, was born in Nigeria in 1965. He has composed a lot of music for churches, concert halls and schools, deliberately bringing together Western and Nigerian music, and often instruments from each tradition. In 2004, Sadoh was the person from the African continent to receive a PhD in Organ Performance, and has written much academic work on African art music, Nigerian church music and intercultural musicology.

Olivia Tomasovic | Amit Anand

Nevis oboist, Olivia Tomasović has chosen to play Remembering Home, a piece for solo oboe by Amit Amand. Anand, a friend of Olivia, who lives in Glasgow, is a composer and producer who has written and recorded soundtracks, scores, and songs for film and concert, often amalgamating Indian classical and Western classical influences.

Teresa Ferreira | Quinn Mason

In Memory, by Quinn Mason for solo viola, is the choice of Nevis violist Teresa Ferreira. Mason, born 1996, is a composer and conductor based in Dallas, Texas, whose ensemble and chamber work has been performed across the USA. In Memory ‘is meant to be a contemplation of memories past’, with the viola giving ‘tranquil yet occasionally tumultuous introspection’ to an occasion.

Ronan Whittern | Tamon Yashima

Bassoonist Ronan Whittern’s choice is Erzittern, by the German composer and oboist, Tamon Yashima. Yashida’s work often involves electronics, free improvisation and noise aesthetics, and a deeply rooted social context. He has received awards for his composing work from the age of seven, and his compositions and performances are in demand at home and abroad. He is also co-founder, player, curator and composer for new music ensemble S201, and a member of Consord.

Andrew Taheny | Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Nevis violinist Andrew Taheny has chosen to play the first movement of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Blues Forms for solo violin. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) was a versatile musician: composer, conductor and pianist, writing many orchestral and chamber works as well as film scores, alongside arranging music for Marvin Gaye, Max Roach and Harry Belafonte. As a conductor, Perkinson co-founded the Symphony for a New World in 1965, becoming its Music Director, as well as conducting his arrangements on record.