The Royal Northern College of Music welcomes acclaimed Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir for an exciting instalment of its In Focus series.

Renowned for creating music that transforms the ecosystems of nature into stunning orchestral soundscapes, Anna has cemented herself as one of modern orchestra’s most revered names—winning the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2012 and being chosen as the new York Philharmonic’s Kravis Emerging Composer in 2015.

Her wildly impressive commissions list also includes the likes of the Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras, the International Contemporary Ensemble and Carnegie Hall.

Most recently, her string quartet Enigma, recorded and released last summer, became a New York Times Recording of the Year.

Audiences will have three opportunities to catch a retrospective look back at Anna’s work. On Wed 4 May, the college’s innovative Brand New Orchestra will take to the stage for a performance of Dreaming—the piece that earned Anna her Nordic Council Prize—alongside new works by RNCM composers.

On Thu 5 May Anna will chat to Radio 3’s Elizabeth Alker about her life and work, and RNCM students will deliver performances of her chamber music. Finally, on Fri 6 May, the RNCM New Ensemble will provide a fitting end; a concert that includes Anna’s Spectra—a six-movement through-composed piece that uses atmospheric indications to shape the colour of each transition.

Tickets for all three In Focus events are available now through the RNCM website. Grab yours using the button below.

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Wed 4 May - Fri 6 May, RNCM Concert Hall,
124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 12 Apr 2022