Friends of Westminster School’s Third FOWSAR: Showcasing Dr Josh Ballance, conducting his ensemble Mad Song

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Title Friends of Westminster School's Third FOWSAR: Showcasing Dr Josh Ballance, conducting his ensemble Mad Song
Details Since leaving Westminster in 2015 Joshua Ballance (RR) has has developed a multi-faceted career as a musician. He studied first at King’s College, Cambridge before achieving his Doctorate at Christ Church, Oxford in which he developed a Big Data approach to music analysis to explore the style of Anton Webern.

Alongside the academic, Joshua is a composer and conductor with a particular interest in new music that was inspired at Westminster by Dr Sinan Savaskan. J While he currently studies conducting in Montreal at McGill University he also runs a festival in north London and directs the contemporary music ensemble Mad Song, whose playing has been described as "beyond praise" (Seen and Heard International).

It is with Mad Song that Joshua will give this concert in July. The programme explores music inspired by other art, from the paintings of Monet to the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Alongside music by other OWs (Sir George Benjamin, Christian Mason) the concert will premiere a new recomposition by Joshua of music by Henry Purcell for the ensemble.

The Friends of Westminster School are very excited to be hosting this event as it gives us all a chance to hear how OW musicians’ careers are developing since leaving Westminster. These occasions always contain the most incredible surprises, come and be amazed!
Speaker Dr Josh Ballance
Date Monday 1 July 2024
Time 7.30 pm
VenueIn-Person Event The Manoukian Music Centre, 9 Tufton St, London SW1P 3QB
Cost £35
Dress Code Casual
RSVP Date Thursday 27 June 2024

 

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