Remembering the future is the final result of a Wigmore Hall and Guildhall School of Music & Drama collaborative project between one writer, two voices and one composer from Guildhall.
The Voice works song programme is a collaborative project where new songs are developed through series of workshops and exchanges between young composers, poets or writers and singers, which are then performed live at Wigmore Hall each year.
In late 2018, Sophie Sparrow, Nils Wanderer, Tane Stevens and I were selected to work together. Still in late 2018, after thinking about the instruments that should be part of the ensemble, João Lucas, Ed Holmes and Michiel Witttink were selected to perform this work.
Remembering the future’s text was created by the poet, designer and musician Tane Steves after having had a discussion about poetry, literature, music, film and theatre. The title was inspired by the book of the Italian composer Luciano Bério Remembering the future also discussed in our tea-chat in an Italian cafe.
Tane Stevens is a poet, designer and musician currently studying at Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. He was a member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and since has gone on to launch poetry collective 'None Of The Above’, who have debuted two shows so far. He is a Slambassadors winner (and was subsequently anthologised in Outspoken Press' 'Heartful of Fist') and has performed as part of the Roundhouse’s Last Word festival for the last three years. He now co-runs London open mic night ‘Speak =‘ as videographer, designer and events manager and performs regularly around London.
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Nils Wanderer Was born in South Germany the young Countertenor Nils Wanderer studied Singing and music theatre at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Prof. Siegfried Gohritz. He went on to study at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Professor Andrew Watts in September 2018 and will be a new member of the Opera Course September 2019 at Guildhall. Nils Wanderer has taken vocal master classes with Vivica Genaux, Emma Kirkby, Karina Gauvin, Patricia Pace, Karl-Peter Kammerlander, Axel Köhler, amongst others.
He collaborates regularly with orchestras such as La follia Augsburg, Lautencompagney Berlin, Baroque Orchestra Karlsruhe, Staatskapelle Weimar, Jenaer Philharmonics at important venues including Teatro Massimo Palermo, Handel Festival Halle, Handel Festival Brussels, Vatican in Rome, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Oper Bonn, Theater Chemnitz, Festival Perigord Noir, Klassik Sommer Hamm, Thomaskirche Leipzig, UNESCO World Heritage Monastery Concerts Maulbronn, Wigmore Hall in London, Barcelona L’Auditori, Philharmonie de Paris under the baton of great conductors as Jordi Savall, Kent Nagano, Jürgen Budday, Michael Alber, Dominic Beykirch.
Operatic roles include Sorceress and Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Orloffsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Rinaldo in Händel's Rinaldo, Mrs. Trapes in Brittens Beggar's Opera and Oberon in Britten's Midsummernights dream.
His Oratorio and concert repertoire includes Händels Messiah, Belshazzar, il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, Dixit Dominus, Vivaldis Stabat Mater and Nisi Dominus, Orff Carmina Burana, Bach B minor Mass, Magnificat, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, various Cantatas and Weinachts Oratorium and Bernstein Chichester psalms. As a Lieder Performer he has presented Schumann opus 39, Schubert Winterreise, Debussy Fêtes Galantes and various songs by Quilter, Barber, Wolf and Strauss.
Winner of the International Asian Singing Competition and the Gold Medal for outstanding performance as first countertenor, Nils Wanderer was awarded First Prize, as well as the Audience Prize, at the Handel Competition Karlsruhe as singer as well as flutist.
Over the last years the young Countertenor had the Honour to premiere many pieces written for him and his own ensembles COUNTERWERK (two percussionists and countertenor) and the baroque ensemble MERIDIES and received the Young Artist Award South Germany for his work as Singer, Director, Choreograph, Conductor and Musical Director of the Boys Choir Pueri Cantores Altahensis.
Upcoming engagements in 2019 include the role of Pastore/Spirito in Monteverdi L'Orfeo with the Nederlandse Reisopera, concert tour as Alto Soloist with Jordi Savall and the St. Matthew Passion in Barcelona, Versailles, Paris, his own project of Purcell Dido and Aeneas as Director, Choreograph and Singer with the Baroque Orchestra Karlsruhe, Recitals at the Klassik Sommer Hamm, Wigmore Hall London, Uhlandbau Mühlacker, Concerthall Lodź, Singer at the AIDS-GALA Opera Bonn and Concerts with Bach St. John Passion in Thomaskirche Leipzig, Bachkirche Arnstadt, Münster Bonn and Bauzner Dom.
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Edward Holmes is a clarinetist from Cornwall where he studied with Steve Clifford and Colin Parr. In 2015 he was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is now in his fourth year studying the clarinet with Andrew Marriner and Joy Farrell, and saxophone with Martin Robertson. Ed plays regularly with the major Guildhall ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. He also plays in other exciting ensembles based in London; these include principal clarinet in the Capital Orchestra and Brixton Chamber Orchestra. Other recent engagements include performances of Weber’s clarinet concerto no.1 with the Truro Symphony Orchestra, La Boheme with the Dorset Opera Festival and playing in the West End Christmas in Covent Garden with Brian May. He is also a keen chamber musician and is bass clarinetist in the Barbican Clarinet Quartet. Ed enjoys a wide variety of music and performs regularly with The UnSwung Heroes, a successful swing/Dixieland function band. He is also a previous winner of the Two Moors Young Musicians Platform competition.
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Michiel Wittink (1995) is a violist based in London and in Amsterdam. After finishing his undergraduate degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, he’s currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Guildhall School for Music & Drama with Rachel Roberts. He has performed in masterclasses by Daniel Bard, Saeko Oguma, Isabelle van Keulen, Sven Arne Tepl, Asdis Valdimarsdottir, Sophia Reuter, Jurgen Kussmaul, Daniel Palmizio and Wenting Kang.
For Michiel, chamber music is indispensable. He has been to several chamber music festivals such as the Harmos Festival, Orlando Festival and Aurora Festival. With his fixed piano quintet called ‘de Formule’ he won the 1st and audience prize at the Grand Chamber Music Prize 2018 in Rotterdam.
He additionally played in several orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and held principal positions in the Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, Amsterdams Modern Orchestra, the Dutch Student Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.
Michiel plays with a bow that has been lent from the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.
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João Lucas is a Portuguese double bassist born in 1997. At the age of 7 he began his musical studies in the centenary Academia de Amadores de Música in Lisbon having learned from Fernando Flores, a former student of Ludwig Streicher.
In 2015 he initiates his Bachelor in classical double bass at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML - Lisbon College of Music) with Manuel Rêgo, co-principal double bassist in the Calouste Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra and two years later, after being awarded with the Henry Wood Acommodation Trust, he moves to London to study with Rinat Ibragimov and Luis Cabrera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Throughout his career, João has enriched his musical training by playing alongside with both youth and professional orchestras; as a tutti player in several occasions with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, as a member of the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil (OSJ - Portuguese Youth Orchestra) from 2012 to 2015, playing in the Young Franco-German-Hungarian Philharmonics in 2014, in the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO) in 2017 as part of the Aix-en-Provence Festival and in the International Orchestra Institute Attergau, Austria in 2018. He has performed under the baton of many conductors such as François‐Xavier Roth, Susanna Mälkki, Christopher Bochmann, Pablo Heras-Casado, Giancarlo Guerrero, Joana Carneiro, Nicolaus Richter amongst others.
Recently, João has attended inspiring masterclasses with renowned double bass players including Janne Saksala, Ander Perrino Cabello, Thomas Martin, Ödön Rácz, Vladimir Kouznetsov, Christoph Wimmer, Josef Niederhammer, Edicson Ruiz and Yury Aksenov.
João is currently finishing his Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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Wigmore Hall debut will be at 1:00pm lunch concert on the 23rd May 2019. Free entry, although tickets are require.
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