CRSO Associate Composer
The CRSO is delighted to announce that Jacob Bride has been appointed Associate Composer of the CRSO. Jacob grew up in Medway, attended the Kings’ School Rochester, and then studied at Canterbury Christ Church University. Jacob has played in the CRSO’s viola and percussion sections, and his association with the orchestra goes back many years. He is a tremendously versatile musician who, as well as composing and performing concert music, leads increasingly well-known folk bands Larkspur and Brides of Rain. He has also conducted chamber groups from the CRSO performing with his choir in Broadstairs The Bradstow Singers.
Recent collaborations between the Jacob Bride and the CRSO include:
- World Premiere of Bride's Folk Rhapsody No.2, in November 2014, conducted by Peter Bassano, at the Central Theatre in Chatham
- World Premiere of the Viola Concerto, by its dedicatee, CRSO's principal viola Gill Rutland, in June 2016 at the Woodville, Gravesend. It's not often that new works are received with a standing ovation, but this was the effect that Bride's wonderful mix of high art and folk styles had on our audience that day
- World Premiere of Baptism and Belle, a song cycle for Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra, performed by its dedicatee Sian Woodling under Jacob Bride in Broadstairs
- Alice Suite, Tithe Barn, Lenham, June 2017 under Ben Knowles.
The 2017-18 season will be a very busy one for Jacob and the CRSO, as we are performing the 2017 revision of his Folk Rhapsody in our May concert. Jacob is writing a Concerto for Saxophone and Clarinet, which we are looking forward to playing in Broadstairs on 14 October 2018, and a Song Cycle for Mezzo Soprano, Viola and Piano, to be premiered by Sian Woodling, Jacob Bride and Jerome Sadler in Herne Bay in early 2018. In addition, Jacob's busy playing schedule includes a recital with Jerome Sadler at the MAYS music society in Herne Bay on 18th November, with a programme that includes Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Opp.110 and 111, and the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata.