Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Grays-born composer Turnage to premier Frieze at the Proms

Thurrock Born composer, Mark Anthony Turnage will have his latest work Frieze performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the BBC Proms on Sunday August 11th.

The work is to be programmed alongside Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and was inspired by the famous Beethoven Frieze by Austrian Painter Gustav Klimt.

Once hailed “The bad boy of British music” this “Review” section of the Telegraph newspaper carries an interview which suggests he is having a middle aged grump about young composers lack of passion, and his lack of award nominations, despite being “ of the most successful composers in Britain if not the planet”.

Mark-Anthony has been commissioned by leading orchestras around the world and some of his pieces are performed four or five times a year, “Something few living authors can claim” says the Telegraph columnist Ivan Hewitt.

His most controversial work Anna Nicole was based on the life of glamour model Anna Nicole Smith and performed by English National Opera.

Mark Anthony was up brought in Grays and played the organ at Grays Baptist Tabernacle. He is quoted as saying “Music is a sort of refuge for me. I was brought up in a very religious household.

“There was always the constant fear of hellfire”

He was guest of honour at an event run by Thurrock International Celebration of Culture in 2011 and now lives in Sussex.

You will be able to hear Frieze live on Radio 3 on the 11th August or see it on BBC 4 on the 6th September.


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