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Panufnik, Roxanna

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK’s most popular and loved composers whose works have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences everywhere.

Since studying composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Roxanna’s since written a wide range of pieces including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television which are regularly performed all over the world.

Among her most widely given works are Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir on the occasion of Cardinal Hume’s 75th birthday; The Music Programme, an opera for Polish National Opera’s millennium season which received its UK premiere at the BOC Covent Garden Festival; and settings for solo voices and orchestra of Vikram Seth’s Beastly Tales - the first of which was commissioned by the BBC for Patricia Rozario and City of London Sinfonia.

Other recent compositions include Roxanna’s critically acclaimed harp concerto Powers & Dominions; Letters from Burma for oboist Douglas Boyd and the Vellinger String Quartet; Leda, a ballet for English National Ballet and Wratislavia Cantans; and Abraham - a violin concerto commissioned by Savannah Music Festival for Daniel Hope, incorporating Christian, Islamic and Jewish music. This last work was converted into an overture, commissioned by the World Orchestra for Peace and premiered in Jerusalem under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Roxanna’s compositions have been recorded by many companies including Warner Classics and EMI Classics.

2010/11 includes premières with artists such as the Tasmin Little & the Orchestra of the Swan; the Chamber Choir of Ireland with Paul Hillier; St John’s College Cambridge; Chanticleer; a new mass setting “Schola Missa de Angelis” for Schola the choir of London Oratory School & brass octet; “The Generation of Love”, a Shakespeare sonnet cycle with Mark Padmore, Richard Watkins and Julius Drake and a large scale choral-orchestral work in Latin and Estonian for the Tallinn Philharmonic, conducted by Eri Klas and commissioned to celebrate their ascension to European Capital of Culture, in 2011.

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