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Gavin Bryars at 60

The composer will celebrate his 60th birthday in January 2003. A new CD of his music has recently been released by CBC Records in Canada. This includes first recordings of his Violin Concerto 'The Bulls of Bashan' played by Gwen Hoebig, the Three Songs written for and sung by Holly Cole and The Porazzi Fragment for strings. In addition the composer himself plays his Jazz Bass Concerto By the Vaar - the orchestra is the CBC Radio Orchestra conducted by Owen Underhill. A further CD will be issued by Decca in their British Music Collection in the New Year.

Bryars has been commissioned to write a short choral work by the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. The choir will give the first performance at an Evensong to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in August 2003.

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