Fiona Frank - Concerts 2022
Fiona's Life of Music
Catalogue of Works
Programme by 'I Solisti Veneti' in Padua included "Autumn Suite"
Concert Posters and Programmes from Tintern Events
Piano Trio 'Reflections on Motherhood'
Mystical Swan in Blue
Primo Premio Assoluto, Bari, 2022
Fiona Frank - Concerts 2022
The 7-movement piano suite 'Mystical Swan in Blue' was premiered by the phenomenal
in a lunchtime concert at Rugby parish church on 8th February 2022, and given a second performance on February 18th in Shipston-on-Stour.
Click here to read of more developments regarding 'Mystical Swan in Blue'
As a duo, Le Musae Ensemble (Laura Bianco and Maggie Lorelli) performed the piece
'Rainy Autumn Day'
(version for Violin and Piano) at the
, Turin, on 22
March 2022, "Meeting My Muse" (which was premiered by the 'Ensemble Musae' at their inaugural concert in Bologna two years previously) was performed again by 'Ensemble Musae', at the Basilica di Sant'Antonio in Padua.
In July 2022, Fiona was a prize-winner in the ‘Spirit’ Competition of the Commonwealth Community Music Initiative- she wrote: "it was very exciting to hear my piece performed in the
'Curiosity Concert' during the
Birmingham 2022 Festival
, in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games. My short piece was specifically structured to allow it to be slotted into a sequence of contributions from different composers in a continuous passacaglia-like series of variations on a 16-bar bass-line, culminating in an arrangement of a famous theme by Holst".
July 2022, Ensemble Trame Sonore played 'In Memoriam' again, this time at the Cattedrale di Salerno, in a concert titled ‘Voci di Donna’.
Sight-Reading performance of 'Flower Moon Eclipse in Scorpio'
On 6 September 2022, Emmanuelle Fonsny, ('Manu') webcast the first performance of Fiona's Piano Piece: Flower Moon Eclipse in Scorpio, as an example of the techniques of piano sight-reading.
Emmanuelle Fonsny, or Manu, is a piano and violin teacher, composer and accompanist based in Sydney, Australia. She is passionate about sharing her love of music and her sight-reading and practice tips to help other pianists become more confident sight-readers.
'Mystical Swan in Blue'
was performed in a lunchtime concert in Henleaze, Bristol on 17
, who had premiered it at Rugby parish church in February.
It is available to watch here.
November 2022, Fiona was awarded first prize in the First Patricia Adkins Chiti International Composition Competition -her winning piece,
was premiered by EurOrchestra da Camera in Bari. Click here to read about it.
The finale, 'Presto', movement of Fiona Frank's
was performed in Stroud on 9
Fiona wrote her concerto for Double Bass and orchestra in 2017, in response to a competitive call for scores for a work to be played as a mandatory set piece for participants in final public rounds of the Solo Double Bass Competition during BASS2018Lucca (Italy). Hence it acquired its title, 'Lucchesi Concerto'.
Fiona has always been drawn to the variety of colour available from a large orchestra, so this challenge suited her nicely, as it specified an extensive line-up of instruments. As an extra twist to the specification, the rules required some reference to be made to Francesco Geminiani who hailed from Lucca, and for this reason Fiona took as her inspiration Geminiani's Sonata Op5 no. 2. With two movements, an Andante and a Presto, in its brief span the work enjoyed both lyrical and more technically demanding passages for the soloist, while the extensive orchestration gave space for a broad palette of colours from the band and soloist. Double bass and big forces required some inventive juxtapositions and balancing in a contemporary interpretation for this call.
On meeting Dave Ayre, Fiona added a further movement to the concerto. However, the first performance was to be with his Baroque Band playing the final movement, so the big orchestral colour had to be re-framed for more limited forces with guitar, harpsichord and string quartet. This intimate baroque chamber grouping returned the Geminiani-inspired work closer to its origins and has resulted in a different, but no less musically successful, outcome. For its premiere, the finale, 'Presto', movement was performed in Stroud on 9th December 2022 to a hearty and enthusiastic audience.
Reactions from the audience included:
"Your music took me away in a dream and I was up in the clouds..."
"It was so exuberant, it was bursting at the seams"
- Premiere of the finale of Fiona Frank's 'Lucchesi Concerto', in Stroud. -
Finally... on 31 December 2022...
Fiona's Solo Cantata for
Madison Marie McIntosh
, 'The Last Judgement', was
by Madison accompanied by Gregory Ritchey on 31 December 2022 at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Port St Lucie, Florida.
Fiona Frank - Concerts, 2022
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