In the third year of its commitment to showcase “endangered” instruments soundfestival 2019 turns the spotlight on the oboe. Joining the festival as artists in residence will be acclaimed oboists James Turnbull and Christopher Redgate with guest appearances by other leading oboists including Nicholas Daniel, who will be one of the performers in Intercession for Three Oboes marking the 60th birthday of soundfestival patron, Sir James MacMillan.
This year sound will unveil a wide range of new commissions including pieces by Luke Styles, Linda Buckley, Laura Bowler, Frédéric Pattar and the festival’s second composer in residence, Ailie Robertson.
Among the international ensembles making their soundfestival debuts this year will be TM+ and Diotima Quartet (both from France) and Calefax Reed Quintet (from the Netherlands). Returning artists include soundfestival Associate Ensemble, Red Note, and ‘cellist Mathew Sharp, whose last sound performance was the remarkable opera on a bus staged as part of the Out of the Box weekend.