Christopher Leedham

composer | conductor | teacher

Richard Powell (violin) and Christopher Leedham (piano)

Martin Scheuregger’s In that solitude – premiered by Richard Powell and Christopher Leedham in March 2013 – recorded and filmed at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York.

I recently took part in the premiere of Martin Scheuregger‘s An unknown loss as part of the Chimera Ensemble. Martin’s piece – a trio for singing viola, clarinet, and piano – takes its inspiration from a single sentence: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” 

At first glance this text seems a fragment, but after a moment the narrative completeness becomes painfully clear. A mere newspaper advertisement (attributed to Ernest Hemingway), there is nothing in the text which is in and of itself tragic, yet the logical conclusion we will no doubt come to speaks of emotional suffering of the highest degree. This is a moving text, and that we are able to be thus moved by mere implication is curious.

Here is the live recording from the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York, with Vic Bernath (viola and voice) and Emily Worthington (clarinet).

Lunchtime Concert Video

Posted on 22 November 2010

On the 25 November 2010 I accompanied cellist Minwhi Song in a short lunctime recital. Below is a video of our performance of the last two movements of Beethoven’s Sonata for cello and piano in A major.

So it goes

Posted on 8 September 2010

Putting on my conducting hat I directed Martin Scheuregger‘s So it goes at Narrative Lines, York.