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The Mátyás Seiber Trust

The Mátyás Seiber Trust has been set up and is chaired by Julia Seiber Boyd.

Co-Trustees include former pupils, Hugh Wood (composer); Alan Gibbs (composer); with Robert Hanson (composer) of Morley College and Nigel Bonham-Carter, consultant with Messrs Kerseys, solicitors, of Ipswich.

The Trust has HM Customs & Revenue Registration No. XT4871, granted in January 2007 (If Gift Aid paperwork is required, please contact Julia).

Other Patrons of the Trust include Tony Gilbert (composer and former pupil), Martin Anderson of Toccata, John Turner, Malcolm Lipkin (composer and former pupil).

Associate Trustees – who requested membership/ offered help as appropriate: -Geoff Brown (expertise in film music) and Dr. David Wright – who has a large number of recordings of Seiber works on the Isle of Wight.

The following projects have been undertaken or are in progress:

Hungaroton commenced the CD production in 2005 with To Poetry, (cello, piano & vocal) and later a compilation disc The Near Past of the Hungarian Flute.

The Trust worked on:-

The production of a CD of  Seiber: The 3 string quartets. Performed by the Edinburgh Quartet and produced by Delphian. Released  2010.

Seiber A Cappella with the Choir of the 21st Century dir. Howard Williams  (2011)

Seiber A Most Attractive Occupation – Solo song cycles for tenor & guitar  (2012/13)

Seiber and James Joyce; Ulysses”, “3 Fragments from the portrait of the artist”, Viola Elegy (2015)

(very favourable review on www.musicweb-international.com; Recording of the Month June 2015)

Seiber/ Bartok & Dorati Cello Concertos – with Raphael Wallfisch – (also reviewed in the same issue).

See Discography for further details

A project still to be undertaken;- – a CD of Seiber film music:- “Chase a Crooked Shadow”, “A Town Like Alice””, “Animal Farm”, The Owl & the Pussycat, Magic Canvas – and possibly some other Halas & Bachelor shorter films.

Julia has attended and spoken at the family panel event of the JMI conference in London on the Impact of Nazism on 20th Century Music. A review of the conference appeared in the May edition of Neue Musikzeitung.

There is also an article on Seiber in the BMS in September 2008– more on the social than highly technical musical side, written by Julia at the invitation of Rob Barnett.

The BMS journal (vol.30) also has an article on Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Commissioned Music Scores, including “The Invitation”.

There have been Performances of ‘cello & piano works in Cambridge/ Szeged/ Budapest; there were Performances of Yugoslav Folksongs CC21 directed by Howard Williams and also by the Seiber Consort, who also included, Hungarian Folksongs, the Missa Brevis, Madrigals, French Songs in their programme, also of the Missa Brevis in Kings College Chapel (choir@kings.cam.ac.uk) and the Clarinet & Piano Andantino Pastorale (Ona Cardona & Timothy Lissimore) as well as a rare (possibly the only) public performance (by Francis Knights) of “Music for Clavichord”, and “The Petofi Songs” (Ildiko Allen & Bridget Cunningham) – all within the Szeged Week celebrations of Cambridge’s 21 years twinning with Szeged in Hungary., 15-23 November 2008. Programme details & event posters available on the Society website:-www.cambridge-szeged-society.org.uk.

In 2009 the Konig Kiraly School in Szeged performed a whole Seiber concert.

In 2010 Ulysses was performed at Carnegie Hall, NY preceded by more Seiber performances in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2014 William Vann & Rupert Charlesworth performed Seiber songs in Cambridge in the summer and in October there were performances at West Road Cambridge and Fitzwilliam College Chapel

The Divertimento for Clarinet & Sti=rngs was performed in Freiburg in September 2014.

In 2014 & 2015 The Girls’ Choir St Catharine’s College combined with the KamaraMuhely group from Szeged performed the Hungarian Folk Songs in Szeged, Budapest, Kecskemet, Oxford & London.

In 2015 the Mercian Consort perform the Seiber Missa Brevis in Budapest & Szeged.

News & Enquiries continue to filter in at an encouraging rate about the possibility of:-

A CD of Seiber woodwind music – probably 20105 in Germany –