For almost as long as she played with the LMO, Cathy was Head of Junior Strings then Assistant Head of Strings at Chetham’s School of Music. Nothing delights Cathy more than to see her students soar to the musical heights to which they aspire, and as our Principal Viola, Cathy played her part in helping the LMO strings keep working towards our aspirations too.
Just after Cathy retired, she received the devastating blow of a a cancer diagnosis, but far from being daunted,Cathy has used this as the spur to fulfil some long-held dreams. One was to commission a new work for the LMO to be composed by one of her former students, Adam Kornas.
Alongside music, another of Cathy’s loves is African wildlife. Since retiring, Cathy has been spending some of her time volunteering at an animal refuge in South Africa, including building a shelter for a caracal called Shangaan. So we were thrilled when Cathy offered us a commission to celebrate her time with the LMO and in Africa and Cathy also made it possible for the première of Shangaan to feature some of her former students. Joseph Devalle, Esther Hopkinson, Rebecca Jones and former colleague, Leandro Silvera all set aside their professional commitments and agreed to play. Best of all, we were delighted that Cathy herself was with us on the night to enjoy the fruits of her generosity.
Heartfelt thanks go from us to Cathy for her gift to the LMO.
This is the story of Shangaan with soundtrack from the slow movement of “Shangaan” by Adam Kornas
“Shangaan” is scored 2 2 2 2/2 0 0 0/strings. The score and parts are now available to download from the links here. You are welcome to do so and to perform this music. We ask that in return you do just two things:
First, make an appropriate donation to help in the continued work of Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Refuge as they continue in their efforts to educate local youngsters who will be the future custodians of African wildlife and conservation.
Second please add Adam’s biography (see above) to your programme notes
The premiere of “Shangaan” 21 March 2015 with Joseph Devalle, Esther Hopkinson, Rebecca Jones and Leandro Silvera, Mark Heron conducting
Adam began composition studies with Dr Gavin Wayte at Chetham's School of Music and continued with Dr Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music from which he graduated with a first class honours degree. During his studies, Adam had works performed and workshopped by ensembles such as Manchester Camerata, London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Trio, the Archos String Quartet and KSDance; at prestigious venues including St Martin in the Fields, Rambert, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Salzburg Mozarteum.
In 2012, Adam was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize for ‘Paradise Regained.’ The award is supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians of which Adam is a Yeoman member. Their continued support has led to subsequent performances in London and Salzburg Chamber Music Festival.
Adam is currently a masters scholar in conducting at the RNCM, receiving tuition from Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. In December 2014 he assisted Juango Mena and in February 2015, John Storgards and Gianandrea Noseda at the BBC Philharmonic,
March 2015, saw the premiere of Adam’s new orchestral work Shangaan, commissioned by Cathrine Perkins for the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. This concert brought to a close a very enjoyable and productive collaborative project between Cathrine, Adam and the LMO. Also in March, Adam attended the premiere of his new ballet, ‘The dance of Life,’ portraying dance through the ages.