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Durham University



Premiere of Dr James Weeks' 'windfell' by Mira Benjamin

(26 October 2017)

Friday 27 October 2017 sees the premiere of James Weeks' hour-long work for Canadian violinist Mira Benjamin, a special event organised by experimental chamber music series Music We'd Like To Hear, at St-Mary-at-Hill, London.

windfell, the fruit of a year's research and development between Weeks and Benjamin, is described by the composer as having arisen 'from the image of a violin played by the wind, the bow and strings set in motion without human mediation. windfell is a high, remote place, a wind-hill: the setting both for a gradual sounding-out of the instrument and a contemplation of the relationship between instrument and player, between sound, space and time, and between humanity and our environment.'

The new work will be heard in Durham on Monday 6th November as part of the university's Klang series of new music concerts, before touring to venues in the UK, Europe and North America in 2018-19.


Previously Associate Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, James Weeks took up the post of Assistant Professor of Composition at Durham in October 2017.

windfell was commissioned by and written for Mira Benjamin. The writing and workshop process was facilitated by a generous grant from The Composers’ Fund, an initiative of PRS for Music Foundation supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.