January 25th, 2018. Open Evening Day at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague and on the 27th the Open Day. The Composition Department as always staged concerts for future students and the general audience. Thursday evening in the Arnold Schönberg Hall composers David Azaglo, Sara Zamboni and James Alexandropoulos-McEwan gathered musicians to play their pieces under the guidance of conductor Tom Goff.
The Tom Goff led ensemble
David Azaglo's 'Canon in 3/8' was inspired by Ghanaian percussion rhythms. Previously written for four instrumentalists in this instance violin, cello, double bass and bass guitar were supplemented by trombone, flute, piano and percussion giving the piece an extra drive on basis of the percussion layer. A very appealing repetitive composition.
Saturday afternoon conductor Lauge Dideriksen took the stage together with his handpicked musicians to play his composition 'Meaning'. A starting and stopping of small themes. The stopping marked by a drum beat. With a nice part by soprano Julie Hasfjord and a remarkable role for Anna Fronczak on bass clarinet.
Both gigs proved to be appealing events for would be composition students from all over the world.