String Quartet no.2
1. A horse-borne traveller arrives where he sees a mysterious landscape.
Christopher Beardsley lives near Longridge in Lancashire and was born in Derby in 1956. He began composing whilst studying music at Huddersfield University from 1989-92. Whilst there he won the Woods prize for composition and two works, River and A Rock: consider it were performed by the Firebird Ensemble. A years study with John Casken at Manchester University followed, during which time his work Amber was performed in the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Chris has enjoyed regular performances of his pieces including Aubade
(1994), for oboe and string orchestra, which was performed on two occasions
by Richard Simpson and the Goldberg Ensemble. Further collaboration with
the latter saw first performances of a String Quartet (1994)
and Vain Battle (1994) for string orchestra. In 1996 the
Hilliard Ensemble performed Life's Pride and Cared-for Crown
(1995) in London and at the Siljan Festival in Sweden and the following
year John McCabe gave two performances of Stars in a Dark Night
(1997). The latter was later featured on a recording by John McCabe,
which appeared on ASC Classical in early 1998.
Further performances have included a setting of Laurence Binyons
poem Little Dancers (1999) by the group Okeanos in Manchester
in October 1999, and Jubilation (1999) by the Surrey Philharmonic
Orchestra in the Dorking Halls in March 2000.
In March 2002 Chris collaborated in the King House Festival in Ireland
with his composition Dialogue, for clarinet and cello, and
in May 2002 Broken Heart of Autumn, for soprano and orchestra,
was performed at the National New Composers Forum in York by the
Orchestra of Opera North conducted by John Carewe with Sally Johnson as
Chris Beardsley has been the winner of two prestigious awards. In 1996 Divertimento for string orchestra, won first prize at the Gregynog Festival and in 1998 Septimal for oboe, french horn, harp and cello was winner of the quartet section of the 1998 Classic CD Composing Competition.
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