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Grimeborn 2018 & Pittsburgh Opera Festival

Hi all!

It’s been a fantastic few months. First I was selected as one of the three semi-finalist composers for Pittsburgh Opera Festival’s Fight for the Right project – a global commissioning competition for female composer and librettist teams to create original music dramas inspired by themes of girls and women transforming their lives through education. My piece is called Between Constellations, and fingers crossed on getting selected!

After workshopping this in July, we are now bringing this particular piece to Grimeborn Opera Festival as part of the Mosaic Opera Collective Showcase!  My other opera piece ‘Rain’ will also be included. Do come along to any of the performances between 16-19th August at Arcola Theatre:

https://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/mosaic-grimeborn/

More exciting news to come soon! 🙂

Bye for now!

x

Ruth

Mountains in London

Hi all

As ‘Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok’ completes its run at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, I can only say, do not fret! The production is now transferring to Stratford Circus performing 18-21 April
Mountains: Stratford Circus

Afterwards, it’ll tour nationally to the following venues:
Tues 24 to Wed 25 April 7.30pm, Wed matinee 2pm
THEATRE ROYAL BURY ST EDMUNDS
Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QR
Box Office: 01284 769505

Fri 27 to Sat 28 April 7.45pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
LIGHTHOUSE
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
Box Office: 01202 280 000

Tues 1 to Wed 2 May, 7.30pm
KEY THEATRE
Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF
Box Office: 01733 207 239

Sat 5 May 7.30pm
THEATRE ROYAL MARGATE
Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW
Box Office: 01843 292 795

Thurs 10 to Sat 12 May 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
DERBY THEATRE
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF
Box Office: 01332 59 39 39

Wed 16 to Sat 19 May 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
WATFORD PALACE THEATRE
20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ
Box Office: 01923 225 671

Mon 21 to Wed 23 May 7.45pm,
SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE THEATRE
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA
Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Thurs 24 to Fri 25 May 7.330pm
QUEEN’S HALL ARTS CENTRE
Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Box Office: 01434 652 477

Wed 30 May to Sat 2 June
BELGRADE THEATRE
Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS
Box Office: 024 7655 3055

Hope to see you there!

Ruth x

Pittsburgh Opera Festival 2018

I am delighted to announce that I have recently been selected as a semi-finalist composer for Pittsburgh Opera Festival’s new opera competition ‘Fight for the Right’ focusing on themes of women’s education. I will be presenting an extract of my opera ‘Three’ in July at Pittsburgh Opera Festival. I am incredibly excited about this and can’t wait to update you more soon!

Bye for now!

Ruth x

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

Hello!

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be composing new music for theatre production ‘Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok’, a Royal Exchange Theatre, Yellow Earth and Black Theatre Live co-production. It’s based on the memoir ‘Sweet Mandarin’ by Helen Tse and a story that resonates within the British Chinese community.

It’ll be performing 22 Mar – 7 April at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, then touring nationally.
To book tickets, please go to:

    https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/mountains

    For further into on dates of the tour, please go to:

      http://yellowearth.org/mountains-dreams-lily-kwok/

      It’s all really exciting! Do check on my twitter account for more updates: @RuthChanMusic

      Hope to see you there! 🙂

      Bye for now!

      Ruth

Miss Moneypenny’s Prom@Birmingham Symphony Hall

Hello world!

I’ll next be performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on ‘Miss Moneypenny’s Night at the Prom’. I’m incredibly excited about it – I get the chance help arrange some of the score, to play lots of synthy sounds, relive my youth and play at the Birmingham Symphony Hall (one of my favourite venues when growing up) all at once!

https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/miss-moneypennys-presents-night-at-the-proms

Unfortunately, it’s so popular that it sold out!! More updates on this soon. Do go on my twitter feed: @ruthchanmusic and facebook page: www.facebook.com/ruthchanmusic/ for regular updates!

Bye for now!

Ruth

The Stage Debut Awards

Hi all!

Just a quick note today to say that I’m delighted to have been nominated for the Stage’s Debut Awards Best Composer category for my work on RSC’s ‘Snow in Midsummer’ earlier this year. There’s some exciting artists in the nominated list, and so thrilled that I’ll be amongst them; take a look below!

http://supports.thestage.co.uk/debut-awards/

Keep your fingers crossed for me and do vote for The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award, lots of great names to choose from including John Boyega, Antony Boyle and Amber Riley: https://www.thestage.co.uk/vote-best-west-end-debut/

x

Ruth

Shakespeare 400- The Triumph of Time

Hello all!

It’s been a while, but it has been a very exciting time for me! Having finished RSC’s -Snow in Midsummer, I received some fantastic reviews and feedback on the music.

I’ve now also completed the Circulo Trio’s commission of ‘Shakespeare 400’ where I wrote an adaption of The Winter’s Tale for Clarinet Trio and actor. Here is one of the first performances where it was streamed live on facebook (please go 17 mins into the video):

The Triumph of Time

Circulo and Tommy Gomez (actor) will be performing the piece again on:

June 23, 2017 3:00 PM
Shakespearean Theatre Conference | Stratford, Canada
​Presentation of The Triumph of Time
Location: University of Waterloo
https://uwaterloo.ca/english/shakespeare

June 25, 2017 7:00 PM
Pianoforte Studio | Chicago, Illinois
Performance of The Triumph of Time
Address: 1335 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Do have a look at their website, they are an exceptionally talented bunch of musicians!
https://www.circulotrio.com/

I’m now working on some new developments for other project, and hope I can update you more soon enough!

Bye for now!

Ruth x

RSC ‘Snow in Midsummer’ and ‘Shakespeare 400’

Hi all

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Some very exciting news here for 2017 so far! I am currently working on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of ‘Snow in Midsummer’ on new music, and performances are from 23 Feb – 25 Mar at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Details: RSC – Snow in Midsummer

I have also been selected to write a piece on Shakespeare for the ‘Shakespeare 400’ project with the Circulo Trio based in the US. It’ll be a quartet piece for Clarinet, Violin, Piano and Actor’s Voice, and we’ll be working with Dr.Sandra Logan who is an Associate Professor of English Literature and Culture at Michigan State University who will be helping us on the libretto. We’re hoping to premiere this in spring/summer 2017. For more info about the trio please go to: Circulo Trio

It’s all so exciting, and I hope you’ll be able to come of see some of these performances! More update soon!

x

Ruth

Project New Earth – Chinese Arts Space

Hello all!

Been a while, but catching up with all my blogs!

After a successful sell out of BFI – Around China with a Movie Camera performance in July, there are plans to perform this outside of London, to other venues in the UK and Asia- fingers crossed we can make it happen!

Other exciting news is that I’m finishing a project with long time collaborators Chinese Arts Space. It’s called Project New Earth and the project is to raise awareness of the Chinese Labour Corp who took part in World War 1 for help the British and French win the war. As part of the commemorations for WW1, Project New Earth celebrates the Chinese Labour Corp’s memory within the context of British Chinese communities living in the UK today. I’m one of the commissioned artists working on the piece ‘Lunar Corp’ is a film (& music) piece.

For more information please go to: Chinese Art Space

And please support our crowdfunding which would help further raise awareness of this project and subject: Crowdfunder – Project New Earth

Bye for now!

Around China with a Movie Camera and Shangri-La

Hello!

Some very exciting news!

The long awaited film footages of ‘Around China with a Movie Camera’ that I have been working with the BFI will be released next week! You can reserve a copy at Amazon.co.uk:

Around China with a Movie Camera – Amazon.co.uk

To celebrate this, I will be performing a live performance of this with 4 other very talented musicians on Thursday 21st July at the National Film Theatre in Southbank, London! Tickets were sold out in just over a week in the box office, and I’m so excited to be involved!
BFI Southbank – Around China with a Movie Camera Live Performance

The other exciting news is that I recently worked on the music for a new play which is currently performing at the Finsborough Theatre in London. It runs until Saturday 6th August. The Previews and press night are all sold out, so get your tickets now!

Shangri-La Finsborough Theatre

More events coming up soon! Thanks for all your support!

Bye for now!

Ruth