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Composer: Mathias, William (1934-1992)

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Year of birth1934
Year of death1992
Period20th century
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December 2018
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AmsterdamChoir of St John's College, Cambridge: Christmas Concert

© Nick Rutter
Chilcott, Mathias, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Swayne, Traditional, Bach, Poulenc, Gruber, Willcocks
Andrew Nethsingha; Cambridge Choir of St John's College; Glen Dempsey; Laura van der Heijden
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William Mathias première at the Proms, but bruising Elgar disappoints

Matthew Trusler © Sheila Rock
A notable London première for William Mathias' finely crafted Violin Concerto, but a fierce, bruising account of Elgar's First Symphony disappoints at the BBC NOW's Prom. 
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St David's Day Gala in Cardiff

A celebration of Wales in the St David's Day Gala in Cardiff. 

The Welsh Sinfonia perform Mathias, Wagner, Ibert, Roxanna Panufnik and Beethoven

Emma Halnan  ©  Ben Halnan
After hearing the Welsh Sinfonia’s last concert in January 2013, I was pleased to have the opportunity to attend their Gala Finale concert this month. This was particularly the case since it included a première of a new composition by Roxanna Panufnik, daughter of Andrzej Panufnik, whose Epitaph I heard finely performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in March.
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Tabakova world premiere is a class act

While Iain Farrington’s Animal Parade provided the fun and fireworks of this extraordinary recital at Brentwood Cathedral there is no doubt that it was the world premiere of Dobrinka Tabakova’s Diptych that stole the show.
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