A programme unique to Kosmos, inspired by music from around the globe. Wild Gypsy fiddling; emotive Jewish and Greek music; hot-blooded tango; interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs; new arrangements; references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.
Friday 18th October 2019 at 7.30 pm
The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)
Described by Richard Morrison (The Times) as having “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship, I defy you not to be mesmerised", Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. The trio has twice been winners of 'Selected Artists' by the Making Music organisation and has gathered accolades from all over the world. United by a shared passion for improvisation, music from around the globe as well as the rigours of classical training, each member of Kosmos is an international soloist in their own right and brings individual flavour to the group.
Harriet Mackenzie: international violinist, concerto soloist and chamber musician who has recorded concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Nova: “Superbly responsive playing from Harriet Mackenzie...faultless technique and unfailing insight” Gramophone Magazine
Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton: unique viola player specialising in world and folk music styles including Celtic, Romanian, Greek and Middle-Eastern music: “Meg Hamilton explored the highest range of sounds...the sound was beautiful and truly evocative...charming and vivacious” - Chichester Observer
Miloš Milivojević: Serbian classical accordionist, awarded a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winner of many international competitions and the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall - contested by students from all four of the London conservatoires. In 2018 he will be recording his debut solo album on the Nimbus Label. "a hurricane of imaginative invention" - The Times
The members of Kosmos have travelled extensively, performing with musicians all over the world, as well as within the broad multiculturalism of London’s music scene. They have collectively studied music from North Africa, the Middle East, Jewish, Balkan and Gypsy music, Argentine tango, flamenco, Celtic and jazz traditions as well as contemporary classical music. They combine all their knowledge with a respect for their own Western classical music training, performing freely with panache, innovation and creativity, incorporating improvisation into their own unique arrangements and compositions.
Kosmos has performed across Europe as well as at the UK’s most prestigious music festivals. Performing highlights include London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Kings Place, Padova River Festival (Italy), Festival Estival (Poland), Hydra Festival (Greece), Leeds International Concert Season, Oundel, Ryedale, Swaledale, Deal, Wales and Wimbledon International Festivals, tours of the the Channel Islands, Scotland and Wales. Broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. 2018 sees Kosmos performing a triple concerto specially written for the ensemble by the eminent composer Errollyn Wallen. The premiere will take place at the Jersey Liberation Festival with the Jersey Chamber Orchestra and subsequent performances include Chichester Cathedral with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra and the Beaumaris and Tintern Abbey Festival with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.