Works by UNE composers a highlight of Bach Festival

Published 03 May 2012

bach_guitar.jpgNew compositions by two University of New England lecturers will be among the highlights of the 6th New England Bach Festival that starts on Thursday 3 May and continues till Sunday 6 May.

The new works by Steve Thorneycroft and Benjamin Thorn will be performed in a late-night concert, titled “Minimalist Meditations”, in Armidale’s Uniting Church on Friday 4 May.

The concert, beginning at 10 pm, will comprise compositions that either rework Bach pieces or use Bach themes and motifs in a new context.

Benjamin Thorn’s works for the concert include JSB Mandalas, which interweaves themes from several of Bach’s works, and Genug, a reworking of the chorale Est ist genug, so nimm, Herr, while Steve Thorneycroft has written Bach through the looking glass and has collaborated with his fellow composer and performer Steve Tafra on A Reichian reinvention of Prelude #1.

Steve Thorneycroft and Steve Tafra presented a lecture during the 4th New England Bach Festival in 2008 on their arrangement for two guitars of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which they presented in a concert performance during that year’s festival.

Dr Thorn, the Artistic Director of the New England Bach Festival, is a lecturer in creative arts education at UNE, and Steve Thorneycroft is a UNE music lecturer. The festival regularly draws on the musical performance talents of UNE staff members and students in a program of concerts that also includes performances by celebrated visiting musicians. This year’s program includes performances by the Melbourne-based harpsichordist Peter Hagen, the baroque group Alchemy, the string trio Terzina and the Lucid Dance Theatre (all from Brisbane), and Australian Baroque Brass.