During the annual Gaudeamus Festival (6-10 September 2023) composers are invited for a residency period which includes an Academy week during which composers and musicians get together to work on sketches for new compositions and have meetings and discussions with elder composers, and the immediately following period of the festival at which their works are programmed.
This year’s Composer Journey is for the British composer Eden Lonsdale. Lonsdale is fascinated by the organ, spatial arrangements, long duration pieces and meantone tuning. All this comes together in the work he is composing for the ensemble Oerknal from The Hague. The organ of the Lutheran Church is the main instrument, around which he groups instrument groups, consisting of flute, clarinet, percussion, and a string quartet. His recent album on the remarkable Another Timbre record label makes clear what Lonsdale has in mind: immersing the audience in a thirty-minute meditative state of being.
DATE: 7 September 2023
VENUE: Lutherse Kerk, Utrecht