World premieres set for Encompass concert at Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral is set to host two classical music concerts which include the premiere of two new compositions and, on one night – August 12 – will include the presentation of the annual Davison Young Musicians Award.
The award is open to students of secondary schools, sixth form colleges and universities within a 100-mile radius of Cambridge and has a prize fund of more than £1,000.
The event – “a classical music concert bringing live music back to the Cambridgeshire community and all for charity” – is organised by Encompass Network, with tickets starting at £20 and a livestream on YouTube priced at £10. It will feature music by Rachmaninov, Vivaldi and Reger, with new compositions by Yury Revich – playing a rare Stradivari violin made in 1709 – plus Sebastian Thomas showcasing his new piece for piano and trumpet.
David Webb, the chair of the Gwydir Street-based charity which promotes a better quality of life for LGBTQ people in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas, said: “We are delighted that we have managed to get four amazing established and up and coming artists to take part in our first classical concert at Ely Cathedral on August 11 and 12. The artists, Yury Revich (violin), Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet), Felix Kirkby (organ) Sebastian Thomas (piano) and The Pagano Quartet will be playing some amazing pieces including world premiers of works by Yury and Sebastian which have been especially written for the concert.
Yury’s premiere is titled ‘Prelude No.1’ and features Yury on violin, Tamás Palfalvi (trumpet) and the Pagano Quartet Sebastian Thomas’s ‘Rhapsody on ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’’ is the second premiere, written as a piano duet (with Felix Kirkby) and accompanied by trumpet (Tamás Pálfalvi).
“All proceeds will go to local charities including Encompass Network to help bring the community back together as we start to emerge from the pandemic (hopefully!). This will be one of the first opportunities for people to come together and listen to some fantastic classical music in the iconic Ely Cathedral with its superb acoustics. It will also be stream live online for people to watch from the comfort of their own home if they can’t make it to Ely.”
The winner(s) of the 2021 Davison Young Musicians Award will be selected by Yury Revich and Tamás Pálfalvi and will be announced at the Encompass charity concert, with a presentation of the award at Ely Cathedral, where they will be invited to play their audition or alternate piece of music.
The Davison Young Musicians Award, co-founded by Tom Davison (also a judge) and Peter Davison, supports young musicians achieve their ambitions and recognises dedication and passion.