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Exciting New Work from Composer Julian Marshall, with soloist …

Exciting New Work From Composer Julian Marshall, With Soloist ...

Composer Julian Marshall

St Michael s Church, Framlingham

30th April 2016

Julian Marshall s long career as a songwriter and composer spans 70s pop stardom with the bands Marshall Hain, The Flying Lizards and Eye to Eye, through to work as a mature composer of classical forms, including the celebrated choral music publications Out of the Darkness (2009) and The Angel in the Forest (2012) written for some of today s top performers.

As co-founder, and creative director of, the London Song Company, as well as senior lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, Julian Marshall has nurtured his passion for teaching. However, composition takes a center-stage role in Julian s professional life. It is with great pleasure that he is bringing the new work Dark Disputes and Artful Teasing to St Michael s Church, Framlingham, on 30th April 2016.

And this tour celebrates his newly-signed contract with Novello Publishing.

Often inspired by great poets as a basis for his compositional narrative, this new piece features settings of William Blake s famous Songs of Innocence and Experience.

I had enormous fun writing these pieces, says Julian. Blake is a dream of a poet to set to music, as so many before me have discovered . From Vaughan Williams to Benjamin Britten, Blake s words have been popularly brought to life through music.

Blake s subject matter juxtaposes spiritual quest and romantic ideals with the harsh realities of life an insightful social comment which intrigues Julian.

Providing great scope for compositional exploration, Julian carefully selected fourteen poems and, transformed through sound, the settings feature a broad stylistic and expressive range, rather like you re in Kings College Chapel one minute and then in a kind of surreal Ronnie Scott s the next ! describes the composer.

The premiere performance in Suffolk is not only a wonderful opportunity for residents to experience top caliber music making in the comfort of their home town, but it is also hugely exciting to host the pre-eminent British tenor, James Gilchrist1, who will perform there for the first time.

Exciting New Work From Composer Julian Marshall, With Soloist ...

I love working with Julian, expresses James, who has previously performed his work, his music speaks to people so directly and powerfully.

Dark Disputes and Artful Teasing is written for an intimate ensemble of eight unaccompanied singers, with tenor soloist. James Gilchrist will be joined in performance by Rubythroat, an exciting and innovative vocal group from Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance.

Under the baton of up-and-coming conductor, George Jackson, the performers wonderfully conjure atmospheres envisaged by Julian Marshall.

This promises to be a highly enjoyable evening of music, and you are advised to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tickets ( 8-16) are available for reservation and purchase online at [email protected]2, via telephone from 07967 134730 and in person through Leo s Deli box office, Market Hill, Framlingham.

Remaining tickets can be bought on the night (doors open 6.45pm, performance starts 7.30pm).

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Profits will go to the charity Place 2 Be , who support young people with mental health issues a subject that resonates through the life and works of Blake.


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Victoria Pendleton: Olympic champion remains defiant ahead of her …


Victoria Pendleton1 s decision to ride Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham next Friday has been dismissed as a prize-winning PR stunt.

A year ago the double Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist had never been on a horse, apart from a couple of ponies she rode as a child. Then Betfair, who are not sponsors of Cheltenham, bought the horse, assembled a panel of experts including champion trainer Paul Nicholls, and offered Pendleton a rumoured 200,000.

Betfair has been so successful in publicising the race under the catch phrase Switching Saddles that more has been said about the novice jockey than jump racing s biggest festival of the year.

When we meet, Pendleton insists that her motivation was not money, nor PR, but a fresh challenge after putting away the bike following the London Olympics four years ago and an appearance in the BBC s Strictly Come Dancing the same year.

Post 2012, I tried winding down for almost two years we ve got a lovely veg patch at home she lives with husband Scott Gardner in Oxfordshire but, when you have been part of something so big and successful, and then suddenly you re not, it s a lot to deal with. The past fades into history fairly quickly in the sporting world.

I didn t want to sit looking back for the rest of my life at what I used to be because that makes you feel really sad.

Now I ve got a reason to get out of bed and go training, come back, eat, sleep and repeat. It makes me happy. I underestimated how much I would both miss routine and being part of a team.

“I feel sorry for people who feel compelled to be so negative.

People are waiting to watch you fall. It s a sad human trait. We are very critical in this country.”

Even so, she did not accept Betfair s offer the moment it came calling.

I didn t make the decision to ride straight away, she says. I got the proposal when I was on my way to New Zealand to see my mum Pauline. She had broken her ankle so I was out there for a couple of weeks.

I said I d make a decision after I had had a few lessons.

Those initial rides proved so successful that she was hooked. After about the third day, I was like this is brilliant, she says. It s challenging.

It s the first time in a long time I have been physically and mentally engaged with what I m doing to a level where I m thinking: this is the most fun I have had.

The 35-year-old firmly dismisses critics like retired trainer Henrietta Knight Best Mate won the Gold Cup three times under her guidance who claimed that she could be a danger.

Somebody could get hurt badly but, so far, in the races I have competed in, I haven t caused an accident. Nobody has spoken to me and said they think that I am dangerous. I am actually quite good at holding my line.

The horse I am on jumps very straight which also helps because a lot of horses at lower levels don t necessarily have the skill and ability to travel in a straight line.

Pendleton took into account safety before agreeing to race. It wasn t an easy decision, she adds.

Sitting pretty: Victoria Pendleton gets a bird s eye view of Cheltenham racecourse from Cleeve Hill

Just under a month ago, at her first jump race at a professional track Fakenham Pendleton fell dramatically, prompting former champion jockey John Francome to say: She can t ride, she is an accident waiting to happen.

Far from being angry, Pendleton says she feels sorry for Francome. Fakenham was an opportunity for a free-for-all pull down.

I feel sorry for people who feel compelled to be so negative. When you are a sports personality, part of your job is to take criticism. You know that, when you have been at the top of what you do, people are always waiting eagerly to watch you fall.

This is a sad human trait. We are very critical in this country.

What comforts her is the attitude of Nicholls who, just before she rode at Wincanton following her Fakenham failure, called her and said: Go out there and enjoy yourself.

Nicholls had decided he would judge Pendleton on her Wincanton performance and she won by 29 lengths. I look quite fragile.

I am emotional but I am very robust and tenacious, she says.

She readily concedes that she will be inferior to other riders in her race in terms of horsemanship and jumping skill but the champion bike rider in her emerges when she adds: I definitely feel that I will be on a different plane to the other riders in terms of my ability to cope with pressure.

“I m a lot smaller than I used to be when I was riding a bike. I was a lot more muscly and heavier. As soon as I stopped power lifting, it s gone.”

They will not have gone through my experience in dealing with a high-pressure situation and delivering in an intense environment.

Pendleton is expecting a very different crowd at Cheltenham compared to the usual velodrome atmosphere.

I never heard the sound in the velodrome until I crossed the line, she says. It was like it wasn t there. At Cheltenham, you can t miss the crowd.

Another big difference to her cycling days is the change to her eating habits.

I m a lot smaller than I used to be when I was riding a bike, she says. I was a lot more muscly and heavier. As soon as I stopped power lifting, it s gone.

And, unlike her fellow jockeys, who have to resist food, vegetarian Pendleton cannot stop eating.

As an amateur jockey, you have to carry potentially 12stone. I have to carry two stone plus of lead. I have just been eating everything I can as much as possible.

Feeding the horses is another passion I spend a fortune on carrots, she says and, though she is no horse whisperer, Pendleton believes she can communicate with the animals.

Every horse is different, some are very naughty and try to bite you, she says.

Others try to lean on you sometimes aggressively, sometimes affectionately. Some you can rub their heads or scratch down their manes and they will love it. Others, as soon as you ve touched them, will shake their manes as if saying, oh no .

What has she made of Pacha Du Polder?

He s a gentleman, she says. He s very accurate, even at speed, and he s smart enough to know how to fix an approach which isn t quite right. This connection with a beautiful, majestic animal is something quite other worldly.

The publicity Pendleton has generated has overshadowed the Gold Cup, the race all trainers want to win and which precedes her race.

If this is the only way women can dominate the headlines leading into Cheltenham, it s a sorry state of affairs, she says.

Maybe I am making a statement for women.

The effect of that statement will depend on how well she finishes.

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Teenagers travel hundreds of miles for mental health treatment (From )

TWO teenagers with serious mental health problems had to travel more than 270 miles because there were no hospital beds available for them.

They were among 16 young patients forced to go out of the county for treatment between September 2015 and February this year.

A Freedom of Information request gas revealed the longest distance travelled was a trip of 277 miles to Bury, Greater Manchester.

Other locations included Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire, Attleborough in East Anglia, Colchester in Essex, Roehampton, Godden Green in Kent, Roehampton and Enfield in London and Woking in Surrey.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust1 said most of the teenagers had to be moved further afield because they needed particular mental health treatment the trust was not commissioned to provide.

The trust also sent 13 adults outside the county over the same period with patients sent to locations in London, Kent, Southampton, and Woking.

The revelation has sparked calls from the mental health charity YoungMinds for better Government investment in beds and services.

The charity said more must be done to ensure specialist mental health services are more widely available for children and teenagers closer to home.

Director of campaigns Lucie Russell said: When a child reaches crisis point and their suffering is so acute they need inpatient care, they should not have to wait for a bed, nor travel hundreds of miles to get one.

Children in crisis and their families need comprehensive and immediate support during this extremely traumatic time.

The charity said inpatient care should be a last resort but the lack of early intervention services that focus on prevention is causing a surge in demand for inpatient beds.

Ms Russell said: This is both expensive and increases the suffering of children and their families.

Sussex Partnership service director for children and young people, Ruth Hillman, said: Sometimes the children and young people referred to our services for care need specialist inpatient treatment that we are not commissioned to provide so they have to receive this out of the area.

Examples of this include psychiatric intensive care, severe learning disability conditions and those young people who require placements in forensic adolescent units.

This is what happened in all but three of these 16 cases.

These 13 children and young people needed care outside of our area because all their conditions required specialist care.

Our priority and focus is always on providing the right care in the right place for the children and young people we treat.

Most of the time that is at home but sometimes a period in hospital is needed.

In the rare cases where we do not have bed space in any of our hospitals and have to look out of the area we always work very closely with the young person and their family and would look to move them back to the local area as soon as capacity is available and their condition allows.


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