Monthly Archives: June 2018

York Minster for the Marsyas Trio

The third piece in my Real Spaces series has been recorded by the Marsyas Trio (Helen Vidovich flute, Zubin Kanga Piano, Valerie Welbanks cello). It will be released on NMC recordings in autumn 2018 on a CD of compositions by British women, to mark 100 years since we got the vote. Really looking forward to hearing it! Below is a picture of me interrupting the recording session at Royal Holloway University Boiler Room.

Here is a graph of the resonant frequencies extracted from each space in the Real Spaces series so far (St Andrew’s Lyddington, Maeshowe, York Minster). I converted the frequencies in Hz into 12 tone equally tempered notes with deviations in cents, which are then approximated by the instruments in various ways.


Update – Dec 18:

The CD – In the Theatre of Air – was released on NMC in October this year. It debuted at No.7 in the UK specialist classical chart, a fantastic achievement all round. There have been a couple of lovely reviews too:

Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine Nov 18 **** – “Georgia Rodgers’s York Minster uses pitches derived from the building’s acoustic fingerprint: if that sounds dry and scientific, the result is a haunting processional, giving a sense of the vast space of the building.”

Sequenza21, Best of 2018 – “York Minster by Georgia Rodgers plays with off-kilter ostinatos, creating a loping groove with incisive punctuations.”












Maeshowe for sextet and sine tones

The Riot Ensemble premiered my new piece Maeshowe for sextet and sine tones in April 2018. We travelled to Helsingborg in Sweden for the concert which was part of the Swedish Society of Composers’ 100th birthday celebrations.

Maeshowe is part of my Real Spaces series of pieces which are based on the impulse response of particular places.

It was fantastic to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Riot Ensemble, who were: Ausiàs Garrigos (clarinet), Andy Connington (trombone), David Royo (percussion), Fontane Liang (harp), Neil Georgeson (piano), Louise McMonagle (cello) and Aaron Holloway-Nahum (director).  Thanks very much!


Helsingborg Riot rehearsalHelsingborg composers and ensemble