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RNS Sessions: RNS Moves play Joe Cutler's Macedonia

RNS Moves perform the first movement of Joe Cutler‘s ‘Macedonia’. This energetic piece is written for a solo violin and has been scored for four free instrumentation parts – this means the ensemble can choose different instruments for each part. An ideal score for an ensemble as eclectic as RNS Moves, allowing them to present an interesting mix of instruments and get a flavour and texture into the music.

RNS Moves is a unique, inclusive ensemble which brings together musicians with and without disabilities to rehearse and perform at Sage Gateshead. The group features members of Royal Northern Sinfonia performing alongside disabled musicians, including Clarence Adoo.

Performed live by RNS Moves on Saturday 28 November 2020 at Sage Gateshead.

About the music

London-born Joe Cutler (b. 1968) studied music at the Universities of Huddersfield and Durham before accepting a scholarship at Warsaw’s Chopin Academy. He has taught composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire since 200, and since 2005 has been the Head of Composition there.

Cutler writers: ‘The piece is based on a Macedonian folk melody which appears in a disguised form in the first movement and in full in the final movement. The violin part includes a number of flexible cadenzas for the soloist although guidelines and possible material are provided. The first movement sees the soloist generally in opposition to the ensemble. However, in the second and third movements, there is a gradual move to closer integration between the two parties.’