Rosemary Duxbury

Leicester composer Rosemary Duxbury writes:

"For me, composing is an honouring of the creative spirit, an awakening and expression of an inner landscape of understanding"

Rosemary Duxbury´s music has been described as ´a special brand of minimalism in a profound spiritual context´ (Anthony Pither, former Director of Music, University of Leicester) and it is consistently reviewed as being beautiful, dream-like, pure, powerful, relaxing, accessible, melodic, classical, contemporary, ethereal and with space and heart.

Growing up in Quorn, Leicestershire, England, Rosemary Duxbury studied piano (first with composer John Brydson and later with concert pianist Marlene Fleet) and was a violinist in the Leicestershire Schools´ Symphony Orchestra under Eric Pinkett and Peter Fletcher. She went on to study Music and Inter-Arts at Bretton Hall College, Leeds University. She is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and the Performing Rights Society.

Her work includes compositions for piano, chamber groups, orchestra, choir, and songs. Her music is performed around the UK, Europe, in America, and has been broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Midlands Radio, and in America and Canada. As well as being performed in the concert repertoire, her music is also used for film, the latest of which is for the feature film "Ashes" (www.bradgatefilms.co.uk) which was premiered at the Orlando Film Festival in October 2015. Rosemary´s music has also been used with work with by poets Jay Ramsay, Marion Fawlk, Denise Fast, video artist Kathy Hinde, and visual artists Frances Marsh and Anthony Smith); choreographed for dance; for ice-skating (by former world professional ice skating champion Lorna Brown); and used in theatre (by Swiss director Roelof Overmeer).

Photographer, Annette Horn, has used Rosemary´s music to accompany her show at the Galerie Rover in Nuremberg entitled  "Mehr als das Auge fassen kann" - which translated means "More than meets the eye", and their collaborative work has been presented at the Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg and at the historic Reitstadl Hall in Neumarkt, Germany.

Rosemary´s instrumental music is recorded on the CD "On Wings of Light" by Patricia Siffert (piano), Rosemary Curtis (oboe) and Michael Nyman musicians Catherine Musker (viola) and Tony Hinningan (cello). A second CD "Streams" (Charasound 2006) features her piano music and a piece for string orchestra and harp (conducted by Emmanuel Siffert).This CD was launched at the University of Leicester at a piano recital performed by Patricia Siffert. The concert, featuring Rosemary Duxbury´s piano music, included two world premieres: ´Passage´ a piano sonata in 3 movements, ´Streams I - IV´ for piano solo and a UK premiere, ´Apres´ - a piano miniature.

Her choral work "Angel Whisper" is performed regularly by the Kingfisher Chorale, and received its Canadian premiere by Vox Luminosa (conductor Claudel Callender) in 2011. It has been broadcast on American radio. A video of this piece is on Youtube.

Rosemary Duxbury´s music is published by Charasound. Publications include her short piano pieces,  "In the  Master´s Love", "In the Presence", "Apres" and "Always"; some of her longer piano works, "Awakenings", "On Wings of Light" and "Entrance"; "Reverie" for viola and piano; and "Delighting in Rainbows" a song for soprano, flute, cello and piano.

Her third CD "Mirrors of Light" (featuring her recent piano music performed by Patricia Siffert) was recorded at the award winning Potton Hall studio in Suffolk, England, and was released on the Charasound label in June 2012 with concerts in Leicester and at Gloucester Cathedral. 

Her latest work, "Kabir Says..." has recently been recorded by mezzo soprano Bhawani Moennsad and pianist Symeon Ioannidis at the Berlin State Opera House Rooms, and its World Premiere was given by soprano Katerina Mina and pianist Andrea Benecke in London on 25 February 2016 followed by the German premiere at the Steinway-Haus in Munich on 26 February. Rosemary has also just completed a choral version of this piece.

For more information please visit www.rosemaryduxbury.com andwww.charasound.com or email: music@rosemaryduxbury.com

You can also visit ´Rosemary Duxbury composer´ on facebook.

To download mp3s or buy CD of Rosemary´s latest music visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rosemaryduxbury



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