Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight,
and hurt not.

The Tempest – William Shakespeare

The London Schubert Players
Are delighted to invite you to the Grand Finale of the Invitation to Composers project.
The event – a musical extravaganza with some of the best works written for the project – includes a Gala Concert, a composers’ forum with open workshops, a CD launch and a farewell reception.

The concert, Plus Fort Que Le Destin, presents no less than six World Premières:
– 4 orchestral pieces for 12 solo instruments: flute, cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass and – 2 chamber music pieces for solo viola, solo piano, string quartet and double bass

Along with these, the programme offers the beautiful but rarely heard Pièce de Concert for viola and piano by George Enescu and an exciting solo double bass work based on a Romanian legend, by Romanian composer and double bassist Michael Cretu.

The pre-concert forum gives the audience the opportunity of hearing the contemporary works rehearsed with the orchestra and conductor, with the composers’ participation.


Sunday 23 October 2011 at 7.00pm
The David Josefowitz Hall,
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road,
London NW1 5HT

Tickets £10 (include a glass of wine). Students free.
CD Launch: special offer £5/CD with £5/composers’ brochure
Composers’ forum 2.00pm – 6.00pm: Free entry

Enquiries and reservations:
Tel: 020 7603 1396


Concert Programme
Plus Fort Que Le Destin

Enescu (1881 – 1955) Piece de concert
Martin Loridan (France 1980 -) Les Lamentations du Phoenix World Première
Hugh Collins Rice (UK 1962 - ) A Melancholy Pavan World Première
Drew Wilson (UK 1960 -) Concerto For Twelve ‘…plus fort que le destin’ World Première
Michael Cretu (1960 -) Danse and Improvisation (solo double bass)
Luca Vanneschi (Italy 1962 -) Pagine Di Un Poema Dimenticato World Première
Jonathan Östlund (Sweden 1975 -) Three Poems World Première

Plus Fort Que Le Destin

Is a phrase lifted from Enescu's opera Oedipe, in which the sphinx's riddle takes the form 'Nomme quelqu'un ou nomme quelque chose qui soit plus grand que le Destin!' - to which Oedipe replies 'L'homme! L'homme est plus fort que le Destin!’

Enescu is one of the composing models for the Invitation to Composers project 2011 for the works with 12 instruments. Composer Andrew Wilson was inspired by it when writing his Concerto for Twelve.

The Commedia dell’ Arte and the Viola
Viola in focus as a composition theme in the project

One poem becomes Three Poems in Ostlund’s magical work.
The sandman’s sanding lulls Pierrot - who’s celebrating in Bordeaux
“Sandenly” he wants to sleep, so far, so long, too glad to weep…


The London Schubert Players and guests from the Aurora Orchestra (in-residence at London’s Kings Place).

Conductor Edwin Roxburgh

*Solo Viola Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, winner of the 2010 Tertis International Viola Competition.
Solo Double Bass Michael Cretu
Pianists: Anda Anastasescu, Sasha Grynyuk, John Reid
Presenter and project director Anda Anastasescu

*Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt is performing with the London Schubert Players as part of her prize as the worthy winner of the 2010 Tertis International Viola Competition Competition held on the Isle of Man. She is sponsored by The Tertis Foundation – the major sponsor of the Lionel Tertis Festival and Competition. Lionel Tertis (1876 -1975) was one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, and the greatest exponent of the viola, promoting it as a solo instrument. He was awarded the CBE in 1950 and the coveted Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1964. Invitation to Composers follows in Tertis’s footsteps in helping the viola rise to greater prominence.



Music of the 21st Century
Friday 2 September 2011 at 6pm, Cantacuzino Castle, Zamora-Busteni
Sunday 4 September 2011 at 7.30pm, Mihail Jora Concert Hall, Bucharest

The London Schubert Players in association with The Enescu International Festival 2011 and Musica Nova will perform a spectacular work by Romanian composer Ana-Maria Avram:
'Ten Romanian Melodies from Bela Bartok's folk music collection' for the unusual instrumental combination of solo viola, solo piano, string quartet and double bass.

The melodies are part of Bartók's 5,000 Romanian songs collected from authentic sources and painstakingly transcribed on paper. Avram selected 10 melodies that Bartók had not used in his own works, and skilfully matched a huge range of vocal expressions with instrumental means. They will be heard for the first time in the beautifully restored Cantacuzino Castle overlooking the Bucegi Mountains on Prahova Valley and in the National Broadcasting House in Bucharest.

The London Schubert Players soloists will be Anda Anastasescu – solo piano and Yuri Zhislin – solo viola. They will be joined by the Enescu Quatuor and the celebrated double bassist Wolfgang Güttler.


Invitation to Composers in London’s
prestigious Kings Place arts centre

Enescu's Farewell: A Symphony for Twelve
Monday 19 September 2011

Out Hear series,
Hall 2, KINGS PLACE,   
90 York Way, London N1 9AG  

Concert at 8pm

Pre-concert talk in St Pancras Room at 6.30pm

Enescu’s last, most intimate and possibly greatest work – written in Paris during his final illness – the Chamber Symphony for 12 solo instruments (1954) will be heard in London for the first time. Invitation to Composers offered Enescu’s creation as an inspirational model for our contemporary thought and aesthetics. Of the resulting new works, three will be heard as World Premières. They are written for the same instrumental combination and reflect Enescu’s lyricism and elusiveness, using at the same time elements from the composers’ indigenous heritage.
Concert Programme
Enescu: Aria and Scherzino  UK Première
Enescu: Pastorale, Menuet triste et Nocturne  UK Première
Enescu: Sérénade lointaine  UK Première
Enescu: Chamber Symphony for 12 solo instruments UK Première
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred (Norway): Echoes of Times Lost (The Persistence of Memory II) World Première
Aurelian Bacan (Romania): Three Sketches  World Première
Jonathan Östlund (Sweden): A Northern Symphony World Première
Hu Kun – Conductor
Anda Anastasescu and Alberto Portugheis – Piano
With the participation of strings, winds and brass performers from the London Schubert Players, the Quatuor Enesco and Musica Nova.
Hu Kun will be conducting the concert with George Enescu's own baton.
Lecture by the distinguished author and journalist Noel Malcolm.



Invitation to Composers is going to two locations of great rural charm in NE Norfolk. The concerts and public workshops will take place in Trunch's magnificent church with lots of fascinating treasures and in the 1100 years old Saxon church in the ancient market village of Acle. 

Endsummer Night's Dream

Saturday 27 August 2011 at 7.30pm

St Botolph's Church, Trunch NR28 0PS, near North Walsham

Concert Programme
Mozart – Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat 
FauréDolly Suite (Piano duet) 
SchubertDu bist die Ruh' (Baritone and Piano) 
Reginald KingMeditation (Piano solo)
Michael CretuBeyond the Valley (Solo Viola, Solo Piano and Strings)
Robert Hugill (UK) – Elegy (Baritone, Piano and Strings) World Première
Sviatlana Rynkova (Belarus) – The Story of a Life (Piano duet and Strings) World Première
Anda Anastasescu, Sviatlana Rynkova, Allan Hughes – Piano
Timothy Connor – Baritone
London Schubert Players String Quintet
£10 (£6 concessions) by programme at the door for prior reservation.
Pre-concert illustrated talk given by the musicians & composers at 6.15pm (admission free)


Ave Maria

Sunday 28 August 2011 at 4pm

St. Edmund's Church, Acle

Concert Programme
SchubertAve Maria (Soprano and Piano) 
SchubertAdagio & Rondo Concertante (Piano Quartet) 
RavelMa Mere L'Oie (Piano duet) 
Reginald KingMeditation (Piano solo) 
Philip Cashian (UK) – Three Baudelaire Songs (Soprano, Viola and Piano) 
Sviatlana Rynkova (Belarus) – La Pioggia nel Pineto (Soprano, Piano and Strings) World Première
Uberto Pieroni (Italy) – Ave Maria (Soprano, Piano and Strings) World Première
Gregorio Fontén (Chile) – Tono del Lobo/ Wolf Tone (Voice, Piano and Strings) World Première
Anda Anastasescu, Sviatlana Rynkova, Allan Hughes – Piano
Gillian Humphreys – International Soprano
Tanya Cooling – Soprano
Mihai Cocea – Solo Viola
London Schubert Players String Quintet
£10 (£6 concessions) by programme at the door for prior reservation.
Illustrated talk given by the musicians and composers during the concert. 

Previous events

Wednesday 29 June 2011 at 7.30pm
Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL

The London Schubert Players Trust presents

Le Jardin Enchanté

An evening of engaging rhythms from Romania, Spain and Venezuela,  an unusual Jewish-Ethiopian story, a Japanese-inspired meditation, the enchanting world of Ravel's Imperatrice des Pagodes and La Belle et la Bete, and Fauré's sensitive suite Dolly.

Concert: 7.30pm – 9.00pm including workshop with the Serbo-Croat composer Ivan Božičević.


Fauré Dolly Suite
Sviatlana Rynkova The Story of A Life World Première
Ivan Božičević Spring passes (meditation after Bashô) World Première
Ravel Ma Mère l’Oie
Constantin Silvestri Six Romanian Folk Dances from Transylvania

Venezuelan Waltzes by:
Federico S. Villena Los misterios del Corazón
Heraclio Fernández Happy New Year
Juan Vicente Lecuna Valse venezolano
Luisa Elena Paesano El trancao


Anda Anastasescu and Alberto Portugheis Piano

The London Schubert Players Quintet

Alicja Smietana and Anca Campanie Violins
Mihai Cocea Viola
Nikolay Ginov Cello
Doo Woong Chung Double Bass

Entrance free
Enquiries: 020 7603 1396

About the composers:

Sviatlana Rynkova (1985 – ) was born in Belarus. She studied piano and composition at the music college and at the Belarusian Music Academy in Minsk where she graduated with honours. She also studied composition at the Bari Conservatoire on a scholarship from the Italian Government.
The story of a life is inspired by the multi-award-winning French film Va, Vis et Deviens (Go, Live and Become) directed by Romanian-born Radu Mihăileanu. It is the story of a nine year-old Ethiopian Christian boy who is given the identity of an Ethiopian Jew and becomes adopted by an Ethiopian Jewish woman in order to emigrate to Israel and escape famine. Shlomo and his adopted mother are to be airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in Operation Moses – the covert evacuation of the Falashas in 1984 (in 1980, the black Falashas in Ethiopia were recognized as genuine Jews and were secretly taken to Israel). As they board the plane, the biological mother, hoping for a better life for him, tells the boy: ‘Go, live, and become’. The film is about the racial antagonisms he meets and conflicts he endures when concealing his non-Jewishness during courtship and even after revealing it when he marries. His adoptive mother dies early on and he is adopted by a very good family. In his teens, he falls in love with Sara whose father is an extreme racist and does not approve of his daughter’s relationship with a black Jew. Disappointed, Shlomo reports his non-Jewishness to the police but is not taken seriously. He goes to France where he studies medicine. When he marries Sara, she gets rejected by her family and loses her white-Jew status. When she becomes pregnant Shlomo brings himself to confess to her that he is not a Jew. She leaves him because she feels he did not trust her love if he didn’t confide in her sooner. When his adoptive mother helps them to reconcile, Sara accepts on one condition: that he goes back to Ethiopia to see his real mother again. Shlomo takes a job as a doctor in the Ethiopian fugitive camp where he finds his mother alive.

Ivan Božičević (1961– ) studied at the Belgrade Faculty of Music and attended courses in Darmstadt, Frankfurt and at Salamanca University in Spain, where he specialized in early music. He taught counterpoint, analysis and harmony at the Belgrade Faculty of Music and at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and received numerous composition awards. He lives in Croatia where his works are frequently played in concerts, on radio and TV and he is a founder member of the Split Society for Contemporary Music. Spring passes is a meditation after Bashō.

yuku haru ya
tori naki uo
me wa namida

Spring passes
no and the birds cry out – tears
in the eyes of fishes
(transl. Sam Hamill)

Wednesday 6 July 2011 at 7pm
Romanian Cultural Institute, 1, Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH

The London Schubert Players Trust in association with the Romanian Cultural Institute in London present

The Song That Never Ends

An exquisite musical journey on the magnificent poetical paths of Heine, Baudelaire and Tennyson.

Concert: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
With the participation of composers Philip Cashian, Peter Nickol and Michael Cretu.


Constantin Silvestri Six songs to poems by Heinrich Heine UK Première
Peter Nickol Sea, Shore and Tide World Première
Philip Cashian Three Beaudelaire Songs World Première
Michael Cretu Beyond the Valley World Première


Anda Anastasescu Piano
Ruxandra Cioranu Soprano
Mihai Cocea Solo Viola

London Schubert Players String Quintet:
Alicja Smietana and Anca Campanie Violins
Daisy Spiers Viola
Nikolay Ginov Cello
Mihai Cretu Double Bass

About the composers:

Constantin Silvestri (1913 – 1969) was born in Bucharest, Romania. As a young pianist he built a reputation for his brilliant public improvisations in the styles of famous composers. At 27 he was conducting the Bucharest Philharmonic in his own work, Prelude and Fugue (Toccata). As a composer of some 40 orchestral, chamber and vocal works Silvestri was considered avant-garde. Many of his works are influenced by traditional Romanian folk music and appear to be Bartokian in style. Music critics also compared various of his works to Debussy, Szymanowski and Stravinski. Silvestri died in London and is buried in the churchyard of St. Peter’s, Bournemouth. The two cycles of Lieder set on verses by Heine were Silvestri’s Op. 1, written and published when he was 15.

What torture I have suffered
What torture I have suffered,
What an anguish thro’ and thro’,
From some who with love pursued me,
From others whose hate I knew.

The bread I ate has been poisoned,
My cup has held poison too,
From some who with love pursued me,
From others whose hate I knew.

But she who made me wretched,
All other mortals above,
She never deigned to hate me,
Nor blessed me with her love.

Mortal, sneer not at the devil
Mortal, sneer not at the devil;
Life’s a short and narrow way,
And perdition everlasting
Is no error of the day.

Mortal, pay thy debts precisely,
Life’s a long and weary way;
And tomorrow thou must borrow,
As thou borrow’dst yesterday.

Through the forest
Through the forest in the moonlight,
I saw elves go riding proudly;
And I heard their trumpets sounding,
And I heard their bells ring loudly.

Their white horses had upon them
Golden stag-horns brightly gleaming,
Swift as wild swans in their passage,
Thro’ the air the train went streaming.

Smilingly the queen bent towards me,
Smiling as the band rode by me;
Is’t a sign that new love's coming,
Or a sign that death is nigh me?

Dost thou hate me then so fiercely?
Dost thou hate me then so fiercely?
Hast thou really changed so blindly?
To the world I shall proclaim it,
Thou couldst treat me so unkindly.

O ye red lips, so ungrateful,
Say, how can ye speak in scorning
Of the lover who so warmly
Kissed you only yester morning.

Softly, stars on high are wandering
Softly, stars on high are wandering.
With their golden footsteps light,
That the Earth be not awakened,
Slumbering in the arms of Night.

Listening, stand the silent forests,
Every leaf a tiny ear;
And behold. two arms of shadow
From the dreaming hill appear!

What called yonder? In my bosom
Rings an echo from the vale.
Was it my beloved one calling;
Was it but the nightingale?

How canst thous slumber calmly?
How canst thou slumber calmly,
Whilst I alive remain?
My olden wrath returneth,
And then I shatter my chain.

Knowst thou the ancient ballad
Of that dead lover brave,
Who rose and dragged his fair lady
At midnight to his grave?

Know thou that I am living;
And I am stronger far,
Most pure and most radiant maiden,
Than all the dead men are.

Peter Nickol (1946-) studied music and composition at the Universities of York, Exeter and Manchester. He is also a professional freelance book editor, designer and music engraver, specializing in music education. Sea, Shore and Tide reveals the composer’s inquisitiveness about the action between the three elements and his perception of their movements: ‘If we watch over an estuary, we see a constantly developing drama enacted between water and land, driven by forces more powerful than we can resist.’

The Grand Exciting Cause of Tides
Sea and land are wonderfully like,
with mountains and valleys,
volcanoes and prairies.

Twice in every day
The sea advances and recedes.

The grand exciting cause of tides
Is the force called gravitation;
the moon being the chief agent
through which it acts.
[adapted from The Common Objects of the Sea-Shore by J.G.Wood (1892)]

Lincolnshire Shores (at Mablethorpe)
Here again I come, and only find
Gray sandbanks, and pale sunsets, dreary wind,
Dim shores, dense rains, and heavy-clouded sea!

A still salt pool, locked in with bars of sand,
Left on the shore; that hears all night
The plunging seas draw backward from the land
Their moon-led waters white.

As the crest of some slow-arching wave,
Heard in dead night along that table-shore,
Drops flat, and after the great waters break
Whitening for half a league, and thin themselves,
Far over sands marbled with moon and cloud,
From less and less to nothing.
[lines from Lincolnshire Shores (at Mablethorpe) by Alfred Tennyson]

The Sands of Dee
‘O, Mary, go and call the cattle home,
And call the cattle home,
And call the cattle home
Across the sands of Dee.’
The western wind was wild and dank with foam,
And all alone went she.

The western wind crept up along the sand,
And o’er and o’er the sand,
And round and round the sand,
As far as eye could see.
The rolling mist came down and hid the land:
And never home came she.

‘Oh! Is it weed, or fish, or floating hair –
A tress of golden hair,
A drowned maiden’s hair
Above the nets at sea?
Was never salmon yet that shone so fair
Among the stakes on Dee’
They rowed her in across the rolling foam,
The cruel crawling foam,
The cruel hungry foam,
To her grave beside the sea:
But still the boatmen hear her call the cattle home
Across the sands of Dee.
[Charles Kingsley]

I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and the shore will remain
[Kahlil Gibran, from Sand and Foam]

Philip Cashian (1963 -) became Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 and his music has been commissioned, performed and broadcast worldwide. Recordings are available on the NMC, Usk, Riverrun and BGS labels. He wrote the Three Baudelaire Songs at the invitation of the London Schubert Players with support from the Britten-Pears Foundation, as a consequence of his keen association with the Invitation to Composers project as Chair of the workshops and forums.

La Musique
La musique souvent me prend comme une mer!
Vers ma pâle étoile,
Sous un plafond de brume ou dans un vaste éther,
Je mets à la voile;
La poitrine en avant et les poumons gonflés
Comme de la toile
J'escalade le dos des flots amoncelés
Que la nuit me voile;
Je sens vibrer en moi toutes les passions
D'un vaisseau qui souffre;
Le bon vent, la tempête et ses convulsions
Sur l'immense gouffre
Me bercent. D'autres fois, calme plat, grand miroir
De mon désespoir!

Les Hiboux
Sous les ifs noirs qui les abritent
Les hiboux se tiennent rangés
Ainsi que des dieux étrangers
Dardant leur oeil rouge. Ils méditent.
Sans remuer ils se tiendront
Jusqu'à l'heure mélancolique
Où, poussant le soleil oblique,
Les ténèbres s'établiront.
Leur attitude au sage enseigne
Qu'il faut en ce monde qu'il craigne
Le tumulte et le mouvement;
L'homme ivre d'une ombre qui passe
Porte toujours le châtiment
D'avoir voulu changer de place.

La Cloche fêlée
II est amer et doux, pendant les nuits d'hiver,
D'écouter, près du feu qui palpite et qui fume,
Les souvenirs lointains lentement s'élever
Au bruit des carillons qui chantent dans la brume.
Bienheureuse la cloche au gosier vigoureux
Qui, malgré sa vieillesse, alerte et bien portante,
Jette fidèlement son cri religieux,
Ainsi qu'un vieux soldat qui veille sous la tente!
Moi, mon âme est fêlée, et lorsqu'en ses ennuis
Elle veut de ses chants peupler l'air froid des nuits,
II arrive souvent que sa voix affaiblie
Semble le râle épais d'un blessé qu'on oublie
Au bord d'un lac de sang, sous un grand tas de morts
Et qui meurt, sans bouger, dans d'immenses efforts.

Michael Cretu was born in Bucharest and has a busy career as a double bassist. After graduating from the Bucharest Music Academy he completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College in Manchester. As a composer, he was commissioned to write a solo Double Bass work for the Josef Prunner International Double Bass Competition and has also transcribed Paganini’s Violin Capriccios for the double bass. His works for the theatre and for Solo double bass have received national and international acclaim. However, in Beyond the valley, it is the Viola that takes centre stage and the work uses elements of Romanian folk music.

Entrance free

Enquiries and reservations:
Tel: 020 7603 1396 and 020 7752 0134


August 27 6pm
Norfolk Schubertiade St Botolph’s Church, TRUNCH
Concert and workshop: Endsummer Night’s Dream

August 28 3pm
Norfolk Schubertiade St Edmund’s Church, ACLE
Concert and Pre-concert talk: Ave Maria

September 4 7.30pm
Romanian Athenaeum, BUCHAREST
Concert: Music of the 21st Century

September 19 8pm
Kings Place, LONDON
Concert: ENESCU'S FAREWELL. A Symphony for Twelve.
Workshops 2pm - 5pm
Pre-concert talk 7pm

October 23 7.30pm
Royal Academy of Music, LONDON
Concert: Les Adieux
International Composers’ Forum and workshops 3pm - 6pm



February 18 6.30pm
Bolivar Concert Hall, LONDON
Concert and workshop: A musical journey from Romania to Venezuela

March 31 1.30-9.30pm
Royal Academy of Music, LONDON
Official Launch of the project: Les Enfants du Paradis
Press conference; Concert; 4 workshops; International Composers’ Forum.

July 8 6pm
Romanian Cultural Institute, LONDON
Concert and workshop: As You Like It

July 24 6pm
Ant & Bure Schubertiade, NORFOLK
Concert and workshop: The Trout, the Rainbow and the Nightingale
St Nicholas’ Church, NORTH WALSHAM

July 25 3pm
Concert and Pre-concert talk: Les Enfants du Paradis
St Edmund’s Church, ACLE

August 26 6.30pm
Performing Arts Centre, Stewarts’ Melville College, EDINBURGH
Edinburgh Festival
Concert and workshop: Les Enfants du Paradis – a Musical Journey Above the Clouds

October 21
Toamna Muzicala Clujeana Festival:A Musical Journey from Mexico to Romania
Academy of Music, CLUJ, Romania
Concert and workshop

October 26
The Great Hall, National Radio, BUCHAREST
Concert and workshop: A European Musical Odyssey

October 27
National University of Music and New Europe College, BUCHAREST
International Composers’ Forum.

November 11
Palais de Béhague, PARIS
Press Launch and concert

November 12
Salle Alfred Cortot, PARIS

November 13
Cité des Arts, PARIS
Two concerts, two workshops and conference

November 28
A Mendelssohn Musical Odyssey from America to Europe
Royal Academy of Music, LONDON
Concert, Two workshops, International Composers’ Forum.

SEMINARS 2009 – 2010
LONDON: LSP Studio, 72 Warwick Gardens
PARIS: Palais de Behague
CLUJ: Gheorghe Dima Music Academy

2009: 6 and 13 December

2010: 28 March, 8 July, 17 October, 21 October and 11 November



LONDON: 31 March, 28 November Royal Academy of Music
BUCHAREST: 27 October National University of Music
PARIS: 13 November Cité Internationale des Arts

All enquiries about the events and Box Office information from:
London Schubert Players Trust
Tel/Fax: 00 44 (0) 20 7603 1396
Flat 7, The Old Courthouse, 45 North End Road, London W14 8SZ