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In 1989 and 1995 Mark Stephenson commissioned music from Sally Beamish (top right) and Roxanna Panufnik (middle right)early in their highly successful careers and in 1994 he recorded music by Shostakovich's remarkable pupil Galina Ustvolskaya for Sony/BMG.

In 2005 he was approached by a gifted young composer, Sasha Siem (bottom right), a student at Girton College Cambridge, to make a professional recording of her "Prelude & Fugue for 17 players" with London Musici. Sasha applied to various trusts and foundations to fund the recording which was made in one three hour session, at The Warehouse, Studio One, Waterloo.

This year Mark Stephenson and London Musici have recorded Sasha Siem’s latest work Plea for Eros, which she composed for her Master of Music degree at Cambridge. She will be studying composition at Harvard University, USA, with Julian Anderson next academic year, where she has been awarded one of only two places offered worldwide. Plea for Eros, a challenging large scale piece for 27 musicians, was recorded in the generous acoustics of Henry Wood Hall on 21 August 2006.

Being there at the start of a career of a talented young composer is always exciting and it has prompted Mark Stephenson to set up special "Rehearse-Record Days" annually for student composers to have a chance to hear their music played and recorded at the highest quality. Once the funding is in place, watch this space!

Listen to Sasha Siem's Prelude & Fugue for 17 players (here) and Plea for Eros (here)


 
   
       
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