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New Utopias

Until such time as traditional concert life resumes, my website will take the form of a blog that is called New Utopias and to which I would like to invite contributors. Go to www.new-utopias.com to follow what is intended as a rhetorical and philosophical discourse on how we have lived to date, and how we will need to live in the future.

There are no strict guidelines, other than to say that the normal rules of a civil world society apply. Contributions (to graham-lack@t-online.de) will be read before being posted, but no real need to moderate is expected. Comment function is not enabled; the blog is meant as food for thought.

Graham

All performances of my works planned for the rest of the 2019/20 season and the first half of the upcoming 2020/21 season have been postponed to either the second half of the 2020/21 season or the first half of the 2021/22 season, as have current commissioned pieces and various other projects all listed below:

Postponed:
7 May 2020 at 19:30 Voces8 Centre London
Candlemas for High Voices, Handbells
& Positive Organ
A Wind of Night for SSATB Choir a cappella
Conceit for SSATTB Choir a cappella
Trinity Boys Choir + Cirrus Voices
 More information PROGRAMME
 More information RE:SOUND concert series

Postponed:
11 May 2020 Berlin
Preludes for solo piano
“Truth”, “Beauty” (world premiere), “Strange”, “Charm” & “Up”
 More information CONCERT 11 May

Postponed:
21 May 2020 at 17:00 Münster Basel, Switzerland
Postponed:
22 May 2020 at 20:00 Katholische Kirche Laufen, Switzerland
Candlemas for High Voices, Handbells
& Positive Organ
A Wind of Night for SSATB Choir a cappella
Lux divisa for four SSSATBB Choirs & Organ
An Age of Winter for Unison High Voices & Piano
 More information CONCERT 21 May
 More information CONCERT 22 May

Postponed:
17 July 2020 Bebersee Festival Germany
Preludes for Solo Piano

Postponed:
24 October Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival UK
Petersiliensommer for SSA Chorus & Harp

Postponed:
20 November 2020 Trinity Festival Croydon UK
Candlemas for SSA Chorus, Organ & Handbells

The premiere of the commission Up for Solo Piano is planned as part of the late 2020/21 season; the premiere of the commissioned work Missa Canonicorum for SATB Chorus & Orchestra is planned as part of the early 2021/22 season; and the recording project Parsley Summer is planned for July 2021.

News & Reviews

Desire Lines

“. . . poetische Texte, verschiedenfarbig zeitgenössisch vertont”. NDR-Kultur, Juni 2019

Rejoice in Rose

Review in the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung from 20 April 2018: “As for Rejoice in Rose, composed by Graham Lack especially for Apollo5 and premiered last night, the work’s continually repeated motifs of lament were shaped with great artistry, the wind chimes adding most effective contrast.”

This Ember Night

This new work was released by VOCES8 on “Equinox” in January 2018.

 More information RECORDING

It has been published by Edition Peters in the series “voces8 singles”.

Two Madrigals for High Summer

New edition by IMAGO Music now
available from Edition Ferrimontana

 More information EDITION

The Australian Voices release “Reverie” CD

Latest recording with commissioned work
“A Reverie of Bone” for chorus + percussion

Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC Classics

 More information ABC

 More information TAV

Recent premieres

17 June 2019 at 20:00

Kulturkirche Hamburg
Tonali Competition Participants

The Art of Touching the Keyboard
A composed improvisation for Sansa, Hurdy-Gurdy, Harpsichord, Clavichord, Honky-Tonk Piano, Positive Organ, Fortepiano, Celesta, Marimba, Synthesiser, Accordion and Cimbalom with contributions on the Grand Piano.

 More information CONCERT

15 December 2018 at 19:30
KHORIKOS + Leonard Fu

Infinity Fragments
for vocal ensemble and violin

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11 April 2018 at 19:00
Frauenbad Heidelberg
Heidelberger Frühling

“Rejoice in Rose” for vocal ensemble SSTTB
Apollo5

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3 July 2017 at 20:00
Kulturkirche Hamburg

World Premiere of “Crater: Soundscape for
12 Violins, Organ and High Soprano”

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Recent performances

25-30 October 2019 
Trinity Boys Choir + Cirrus Voices German Tour

Candlemas for SSA voices, handbells and
positive organ

August for SSATB choir a cappella
Conceit for SSAATB choir a cappella

24 October 2019 at 18:00, St Trinitatis Sondershausen
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25 October 2019 at 19:30, Magdeburger Dom
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26 October 2019 at 18:00, St Petri Hamburg
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27 October 2019 at 12:00, Erlöserkirche Uetersen
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27 October 2019 at 19:00, Jakobi-Kirche Kiel
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28 October 2019 at 19:30, St. Nikolai-Kirche Kappeln
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29 October 2019 at 19:30, Doberaner Münster
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30 October 2019 at 20:00, St. Nicolai Lüneburg
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5 October 2018 at 19:30
Cirrus Voices & Trinity Boys Choir NINE
St Mary the Blessed Virgin Addington

Candlemas from “To the Tallow and the Wick”
for choir, positive organ and handbells
August from “Two Madrigals for High Summer”
for SSATB choir a cappella
Conceit for SSAATB choir a cappella

 More information CONCERT

14 to 21 October 2018  
Cirrus Voices & Trinity Boys Choir German Tour

Candlemas from “To the Tallow and the Wick” for choir, positive organ and handbells
August from “Two Madrigals for High Summer” for SSATB choir a cappella
Conceit for SSAATB choir a cappella

Venues:
Wiesbaden  More information CONCERT
Miltenberg  More information CONCERT
Gotha  More information CONCERT
Sangerhausen  More information CONCERT
Salzwedel  More information CONCERT
Seggebruch  More information CONCERT
Kloster Loccum  More information CONCERT

20 September 2017 at 21:00

“Candlemas” from To the Tallow and the Wick
Chiesa di Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Rimini
Trinity Boys Choir

Presented by the Rimini International Choral Competition

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