‘Running to Paradise’.. Viola, flute and piano music by Michael J. Smith (1941 – 2009)

July 28, 2015 in by mwhiteside

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‘Passionate, wistful…always melodic’

Smith) was a prolific composer and  violist. He played violin  in the Scottish National Orchestra under Alexander Gibson, and, together with Stephen Shakeshaft, was instrumental in setting up Cantilena, specialising in the baroque.

His later espousal of the viola led to numerous solo compositions, and to arrangements for viola ensemble.

He also composed extensively for chamber orchestra and for piano, as well as other solo instruments, latterly the flute.

His last major work, inspired by his love of the Lake District, was a vocal setting of some  of Wordsworth ‘s ‘The Prelude.’.

On August 10th,   the  programme includes:-


Suite Caledonia

Running to Paradise

Song and Dance Fantasy


with spoken text from W.B. YEARS


Stephen Tees …viola

Inge Ijepelaar ….flute

Alison Gill ……piano


Price:  £8/6

To book:  At the door, or through www.edfringe.com, or 07841349164

Websites.: www.michaeljonsmith.org



Contact email: hedworth@hotmail.com

media links:  the ‘listen’ section of www.michaeljonsmith.org