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TANSY DAVIES

During the 2018/19 concert season, the 12 ensemble will be supported by the PRS Foundation's Resonate programme, performing acclaimed composer Tansy Davies' work Residuum as part of the ensemble's new concert series REBORN.

"I began the process of writing ‘Residuum’ by looking at a much earlier piece of music- Dowland’s ‘Galliard to Lachrymae’- and I wanted somehow to make an imprint of this piece on the one I was about the compose. Much of ‘Residuum’ is made up of what I think of as being my own ‘medieval dances’ made up of musical material taken from the Dowland. This is altered rhythmically and then set into sometimes quite complex counterpoint often involving two or three different tempi or pulses going on at the same time. 

The brightness of these dances is countered by slow moving passages and chords which hover over the piece like a ghost of the Dowland. The two types of energy- bright and dark- are mainly heard in stark juxtaposition but a solo cello passage links the two worlds by playing brittle and ethereal fragmants from one of the dances above a dark chorale. 

Ghost hunters often talk about finding residual energy in old buildings; past events are replayed in the present as a result of energy being retained by the building. ‘Residuum’ is an imaginary replay the residual energy of Dowland’s ‘Galliard to Lachrymae’, heard like an echo of ancient music in a modern time."

"Residuum is an imaginary replay of the residual energy of Dowland’s Galliard to Lachrymae, heard like an echo of ancient music in a modern time."  
 
Tansy Davies
ABOUT RESIDUUM

studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Holloway. Her work has found an accommodation between the worlds of the avant-garde and experimental rock, between - in the words of one critic - Xenakis and Prince. neon(2004) has become for many Davies’s signature work, with its gritty, sleazy sounds and pounding rhythms.  The recipient of a 2009 Paul Hamelin Award, Davies has been commissioned by numerous world class ensembles and orchestras, including the London Sinfonietta, the CBSO Youth Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, BIT 20, BCMG, and a large-scale work for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Wild Card, for the Proms in 2010. In 2011 Davies’s Christmas Eve, was performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in King's College Cambridge and broadcast worldwide. 2012 saw the premiere of Davies’s piano concerto, Nature, by Huw Watkins and the BCMG under Oliver Knussen, and the release of her second commercial CD, spine, on the NMC label.  Davies’s first opera, Between Worlds, was premiered by English National Opera in 2015. Listed in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 of the UK's most influential people of 2015, Davies’s current projects include a large-scale work for symphony orchestra.

16 SEPTEMBER

Barbican, London

19 SEPTEMBER

The Stoller Hall,

Manchester

28 SEPTEMBER

St George's, 

Bristol

£5 - £20
£8 - £16
£10 - £20

Concert dates:

12 ensemble is supported by Resonate, a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust.

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