Göteborgs Symfoniker

Kendall The Spark Catchers

The recording was made in Gothenburg Concert Hall, The Great Hall, 23 Sept 2022.

Enjoy music by the acclaimed British but New York-based composer Hannah Kendall. The orchestra is led by Ryan Bancroft, who will be the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2023-2024 season.Hanna Kendall was born and raised in London. She was musically talented and started playing the violin at the age of four. Without the slightest thought of becoming a composer, she eventually began studying music at the University of Exeter, from where she received a scholarship that enabled her to study at doctoral level at Columbia University in New York, and her interest in creating music herself grew. For one of the concerts in The Proms series in London, she composed The Spark Catchers in 2017, and the premiere was played by the British ensemble Chineke!. It consists of professional musicians with roots in many different cultures. Perhaps the title can be translated to Gnistfängarna.

The title comes from a poem by Lemn Sissay written for the London 2012 Olympics and is about women who worked in the match factory that once stood on the same site, and who kept a close eye out for sparks that threatened to set the factory on fire. The rhythmic and pleasant music should not be seen as an interpretation of the poem, but phrases from it have contributed to the structure of the piece: the lively Sparks and Strikes, the darker Molten Madness, the quiet Beneath the Stars/In the Silver Sheen, and finally The Matchgirls March that begins with a dance and ends the music in a short and powerful climax.

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Kendall The Spark Catchers


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Ryan Bancroft conductor