CCCT

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust

UPCOMING: Concert of New Music for the original combination of Piano Duo and String Quartet
New and exciting compositions on the theme: Born to Society

Friday, October 6, 2017
7.30 for 8.00pm (refreshments served prior to concert)
Morley College Holst Room
61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Tickets are £8, available on the door

Performed by the Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble and the Quartet De Madrugada

This is the sixth annual concert in memory of James Allen, celebrating and inspired by the path of enlightenment and progress characteristic of the works of Cornelius Cardew.

New works by Alessandra Canepa, Michael Chant, Alison Doubleday, Elif Karlidag, Paul Sarcich, Seah Cheng Tat and Hugh Shrapnel
Cornelius Cardew Day School
Presented by Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust, in conjunction with the Morley College School of Music and the Performing Arts
Sunday 18th June, 2017 from 10:00 - 17:00

A day school under the topic of:
"The music of Cornelius Cardew and the field of music-making in the 21st century"

PROGRAMME

Morning: The music of Cornelius Cardew
  • Characteristics of his music at each stage of his career
  • The focus of his later works
Afternoon: Music-making in the 21st century
  • What problems face composers today
  • Composing as part of the movement for enlightenment and progress
The emphasis will be on discussion and the contributions of the participants.
Everyone is welcome, irrespective of qualification.
Sessions led by Michael Parsons, Natalie Tsaldarakis, Lesley Larkum and Michael Chant, with the participation of Peter Collyer, Morley Head of School.

Film to be shown from 13.00-14.00: Pilgrimage from Scattered Points by Luke Fowler, about the transformational journey undertaken by the Scratch Orchestra

HOLST ROOM, MORLEY COLLEGE
61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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Call for Compositions - BORN TO SOCIETY
SIXTH ANNUAL CONCERT IN MEMORY OF JAMES ALLEN, 2017

In conjunction with Morley College's Music Department

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust (CCCT), in partnership with the Music Department of Morley College, is for the third year in succession issuing a call for compositions dedicated to the spirit of the New which Cornelius Cardew himself embodied. This year we are calling for compositions with the theme 'Born to Society'.

We are very pleased that the Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble has once again agreed to perform. But this year they will be joined by the Quartet De Madrugada. This provides the exciting opportunity for composing new works for the unique combination of string quartet with piano duo (either piano four hands or two pianos). The new works will be performed at Morley College on Friday, October 6, 2017. We hope to include as many of the submitted works as possible in the concert, so please bear this in mind in terms of the length and complexity of the pieces. The CCCT, Morley College, the Ivory Duo and the Quartet De Madrugada will jointly decide on the final programme. The compositions must be submitted to be in the hands of the CCCT no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, June 4th, 2017.

Composers in writing to this year's theme may take further inspiration from the lines:
From every sinew of labour
From every note of love


Cornelius Cardew, as well as being an outstanding musician and composer, was a leading political figure and adherent of modern communism. The CCCT upholds his legacy of keeping in step with the requirements of the times, accepting no limitation on the human spirit and being dedicated to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity.

The concert also pays tribute to James Allen, who was the passionate and dedicated secretary of the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust until his death in January 2012.

View the Call for Compositions as a PDF
Music in Step with the Times
Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust Performance 2016
Friday October 7th, 2016, 7:30pm
In conjunction with Morley College's Music Department

Fifth annual concert in memory of James Allen

Featuring a programme of new works performed by the Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble.
Friday, October 7, 2016, 7:30pm
Holst Room, Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
£8/ £5 (c) available on the door

See the FaceBook event page: here

New compositions:
Gresford - Michael Chant (two pianos)
Accept then these songs - Louise Drewett (two pianos)
Obsesi - Seah Cheng Tat (piano solo)
Troposphere - Elif Karlidag (two pianos)
Migration - Patricia Livingstone (two pianos)
Two Miniature Pieces of Yin and Yang - Meilina Tsui (two pianos)
Two pieces 2016 - Chris Scobie (two pianos)
Remembering Carla - Alessandra Canepa (piano duet)
Follow me up to Carlow - Hugh Shrapnel (two pianos)


Cornelius Cardew was a tutor of the experimental music class at Morley College from 1968 to 1973. It is well known that Cornelius, as well as being an outstanding musician and composer, became a leading political figure and modern communist. Cornelius Cardew's great legacy is of keeping in step with the requirements of the times in a manner that accepts no dogmatic rendering of reality or limitations on the human spirit and striving to contribute to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity . That is the significance of the title of the concert, suggesting music that, like the music of Cornelius, is dedicated to the New, a living music that embodies lyricism, passion and drive.

We also remember James Allen, who was secretary of the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust until his death in January 2012. In celebrating his memory, we are paying tribute both to him and to the life and work of Cornelius Cardew.

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Call for Compositions 2016 - Music in Step with the Times
31 March 2016
Fifth annual concert in memory of James Allen, 2016

Following on from the success in 2015 of the call for compositions which were performed at Morley College last October, the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust (CCCT), in conjunction with the Music Department of Morley College, is again issuing a call for new compositions for piano, piano duet or two pianos. The compositions should be previously unperformed.

The new works will be performed by the Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble at Morley College on Friday, October 7, 2016. The decision as to which new pieces to include in the concert will be made jointly by the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust, the Ivory Duo and the Music Department of Morley College. The compositions must be submitted to be in the hands of the CCCT no later than Friday, July 8, 2016.

Cornelius Cardew was a tutor of the experimental music class at Morley College from 1968 to 1973. It is well known that Cardew, as well as being an outstanding musician and composer, was a leading political figure and communist. Cornelius Cardew’s great legacy is that of keeping in step with the requirements of the times in a manner that accepts no dogmatic rendering of reality or limitations on the human spirit and striving to contribute to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity. That is why we have given our call its name, suggesting music that is dedicated to the New that Cardew represented, a living music that might have a beautiful, militant, human-centred character.

We also remember James Allen, who was secretary of the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust until his death in January 2012. In celebrating his memory, we are paying tribute both to him and to the life and work of Cornelius Cardew.

The organisers have decided to request that all composers should also submit a short supplemental statement. This should explain how they have considered Cardew's later works or his legacy as outlined in the Call in their submitted compositions.
Easter Rising 1916
16 March 2016
Concert of New Music to Mark the Centenary of the Easter Uprising 1916

Friday, April 8, 7.30pm. Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT

Performed by Quartet De Madrugada: Tim Wright (violin), Lesley Larkum (violin), Josie Stein (viola), Peter Rayner (cello), with Jo Cooper (folk fiddle)

Jonathan Case: The Topography of War; Michael Chant: Beware of the Risen People; Jo Cooper: Lament for the Lost; Vincent Ott: Stomp; Peter Rayner: Awakenings; Chris Scobie: Banna Strand; Hugh Shrapnel: Easter Rising 1916

Sponsored by the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust

Music In Step With The Times - The Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble
20 November 2015

Music In Step With The Times is a concert of new music for two pianists. This concert first and foremost celebrates the life and work of renowned composer, musician and political activist Cornelius Cardew.

Panayotis Archontides & Natalie Tsaldarakis are the Greek pianists behind the highly successful husband-and-wife duo, the Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble.

Music in Step with the Times - Concert of New Music for Two Pianists
16 September 2015
Concert of New Music for Two Pianists

Friday, October 2, 7.30pm.
Holst Room, Morley College.
Works by Case, Inglis, Larkum, Lau, Ott, Sarcich, Scobie, Shrapnel and Cornelius Cardew

This concert first and foremost celebrates the path that the renowned composer, musician and modern communist Cornelius Cardew was instrumental in opening up in the world of new music. Significantly, Cardew was a tutor in experimental music at Morley College from 1968 to 1973, and the Holst Room was the venue for these classes. As Howard Skempton wrote:

Morley was the engine room of English Experimental Music, but the engines were human, conjuring from their energies an experimental movement.

Cornelius Cardew remained a pathfinder, summing up experience, militating as an integral part of whatever collective he joined, being in step with the movement of the times and at the forefront of meeting the demands of the times. The characteristic thread running through his music could be said to be that of human-centredness.