Christopher Leedham

composer | conductor | teacher

cat•er•waul will be playing at the York Spring Festival of New Music on Thursday 12 May 2011. We will be performing Verses for clarinet and piano by Birtwistle alongside newly-composed pieces by Lauren Redhead and Desmond Clarke.

Also featuring in the concert is young pianist, Joseph Houston. Joseph Houston is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with Ashley Wass. He will be playing works by György Kurtág, Ligeti, Bill Brooks and world premiere of Thomas Simaku‘s The Flight of the Eagle.


The Lyons Celebration Award

Posted on 2 April 2011

I’m currently working on a big piece for the Lyons Celebration Award 2010 to be performanced at the annual Sir Jack Lyons Concert Showcase on Wednesday 29 June 2011.

The Lyons Celebration Award invites the recipient to respond to one of Sir Jack Lyons’s favourite pieces: Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. As well as the more famous orchestral version, Leonard Bernstein prepared an edition for smaller forces – soloist, choir, organ, harp, and percussion. Taking inspiration from this unusual instrumental ensemble, I’m writing a personal reflection on Bernstein’s piece, setting extracts from the Bible, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and the writings of St John of the Cross.

Tickets are available online from York Concerts, or by telephone on 01904 322439.