The Faculty's Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies Rosalind Ventris has released her debut solo album SOLA: Music for viola by women composers on Delphian Records. The album features a selection of music for unaccompanied viola composed between 1930 (Imogen Holst’s impressive Suite for Viola) and the present day (a 2020 lockdown miniature by Thea Musgrave).
The largely British and Irish programme allows Ventris to revive substantial works by important yet still often overlooked twentieth-century composers – not only Holst but also Lillian Fuchs, Elizabeth Maconchy, Elisabeth Lutyens and Grażyna Bacewicz – alongside more recent additions to the repertoire from Musgrave, Sally Beamish and Amanda Feery.
With several of the composers themselves professional string players, this is, in Ventris’s words, ‘wonderful music – that just happens to be by women composers’.
Rosalind will next be performing in Oxford on International Women's Day, alongside Laura van der Heijden and Libby Burgess in a lunchtime concert of works for viola, cello and piano by Rebecca Clarke.
To find out more about Rosalind's debut release, please visit the Delphian Records website. You can listen to the album on Apple Music and purchase via Presto Music. For more information about our Director of Performance, please see Rosalind's profile.