tue 25/04/2017

A New Cello Concerto | reviews, news & interviews

A New Cello Concerto

A New Cello Concerto

Migratory geese and wartime exile inspire a new work for Robert Cohen

Sally Beamish: 'I notated quite a few bird songs – such as black kites, warblers and corncrakes – and used them in the music'Ashley Coombes
Commissioning orchestral music is not for the faint-hearted.  It is notoriously difficult to fund and satisfaction is by no means guaranteed.  This however did not deter the leading British cellist Robert Cohen from asking the composer Sally Beamish to write a work to mark his fiftieth birthday, and on 12 November Cohen will give the world premiere of Beamish’s Cello Concerto No 2, The Song Gatherer, with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, with a British premiere planned next year.

Explore topics

Share this article

Add comment

Subscribe to theartsdesk.com

Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £2.95 per month or £25 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?

newsletter

Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters