Andrew Toovey - Winter Solstice (1988)

Toovey - Winter solstice

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Ixion was formed in May 1987, and launched with concerts at the BMIC and Dartington; it was from the title of an early Feldman score that the name Ixion was chosen. The purpose in forming this ensemble was to provide an independent platform for composers and instrumentalists. Ixion has had five series of concerts at the Brighton Festival and at Dartington, as well as concerts at the Bergen Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Darmstadt Summer School, various universities and the South Bank - many of these concerts were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Ixion have also been featured on BBC2 and Channel 4 television. Over the last few years, Ixion has also recorded and released several critically acclaimed CDs featuring the music of Andrew Toovey and Michael Finnissy.

  "A contemporary ensemble of first class composers and performers" - (Classical music magazine)
  "Burningly committed, rawly emotional, expressively unconstrained, intellectually underpinned" - (The Financial Times)  
  "Ixion folk have an ardent conviction, thoroughgoing dedication, and emotional and intellectual honesty, and have recruited instrumentalists of equal fervour and professional excellence" - (The Guardian)  
  "Under the directorship of Andrew Toovey, Ixion has gained a distinctive place for itself, an 'off'-London Sinfonietta place where music is perpetually in extremis" - (The Times)  


Players in Ixion are:  
Michael Finnissy conductor
Rowland Sutherland flutes
Andrew Smith clarinets
Sarah Farmer violin
Daniel Palmizio viola
Lucy French 'cello
Jub Davis double bass
Tom Pauwels guitar
Antony Gray piano
Joby Burgess percussion

Upcoming concert schedule:
3rd March 2018 West Runton Church, West Runton, Norfolk
3rd March 2018 Thorpe Market Church, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
26th April 2018 Norfolk

Past performances:  
9th August 2016 CoMA course, Doncaster College, High Melton
12th June 2009 Spitafields Festival
6th June 2007 Colchester Institute
23rd September 2006 BMIC 'Cutting Edge' Series : The Warehouse, London
19th October 2006 BMIC 'Cutting Edge' Series : The Warehouse, London
22nd October 2006 Steyning Centre, Steyning
2nd-3rd April 2005 Sligo New Music Festival : Sligo, Ireland
11th November 2004 BMIC 'Cutting Edge' series : The Warehouse, London
11th February 2004 Bromsgrove concert series : Guesten Hall, Stoke Heath
10th May 2003 Brighton Festival : St Nicholas Church, Brighton
11th May 2002 Brighton Festival : St Nicholas Church, Brighton
5-6 September 2002 International Gaudeamus Music Week : Amsterdam
10th October 2002 BMIC 'Cutting Edge' series : The Warehouse, London

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