The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour was abuzz as the De Lanerolle Brothers led an evening of heavenly music.
Battista Pradal from Italy was the conductor of the evening with choirs from several schools, the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour and Octave backed by an orchestra and organist Dr Jonathan Clarke from London and Neranjan De Silva from Sri Lanka taking the audience on a spiritual journey.
The De Lanerolle Brothers said that when the Bishop of Colombo invited them to put the programme together they accepted with open arms.
“Today, what impresses us most is to see how choirs from Catholic and Anglican schools and instrumentalists from remote towns and cities have come together to collaborate with two internationally accepted Musicians in Conductor Battista Pradal from Italy and Organist Dr Jonathan Clarke from London not forgetting Sri Lanka s best Organist Neranjan De Silva. This clearly shows that there are no barriers whatsoever when it comes to Music and how amateurs such as us can learn from professionals and feed from each other. This shows the humbleness of all of us from Battista downwards who bring no attitudes rather bring respect for each other which will ensure the music will be at its best,” they said.
The De Lanerolle Brothers said that a lot of work went into the musical evening and the last piece was received just a few days before Battista arrived.
Vicar of the Cathedral Venerable Perry Brohier said that through the Church’s one Foundation they have brought together both children and adults with a specific intention in mind. Providing an opportunity for a child in need to complete his or her education.
“By the grace of God our schools have over the years silently done so much in order to see children through their schooling even though at times their own financial resources have had to be stretched. We place on record our gratitude to the heads of our school both past and present for ensuring that school was and is a home away from home to for children. We also thank God for His provision over the years made possible often through the generosity of many. The Church’s one foundation gives all of us the opportunity of being part that generous community today,” Venerable Perry Brohier said with regards to the programme.
Battista Pradal was born in 1964 and graduated in Composition at the Conservatory of Venice, in Piano (with Professor Wanda Leskovic) and in Choral music and Choir conduction at the Conservatory of Udine. He studied Orchestral Conducting at the European Academy in Vicenza where he participated in master classes held by famous teachers as J. Kalmar and D. Renzetti.
As a composer, his works have been performed internationally, several of which have been recorded. He has won awards at many prestigious national and international composition competitions in Italy, France, United States and Lithuania. In April 2013 he won the first prize in the international sacred music competition “Polifonija” in Siauliai (Lithuania), a competition organized by Siauliai State Chamber Choir “Polifonija” and by the Lithuanian Corriposers’ Union. In October 2016, “Asac”, Association for the development of choral activities of Veneto Region, awarded him the “2016 Asac Prize” for choral music, recognition of the Venetian choral world that “Asac” attributes to a prominent composer of the regional choral scene for the prestigious activities and contribution to the world of Italian and international chorality.
In 2015 the composition “Campane”, for soloists, choir and orchestra, commis¬sioned work by German conductor Martin Winkler, was performed in two concerts in Germany, having great success both as audiences and critics. Also in 2015 the prestigious Polish choir “Polski Chor Kameralny”, conducted by Jan Lukaszewski, dedicated him a concert that was held in the ancient St. Cath¬erine’s Church in Gdansk, performing for the occasion, several of his composi¬tions dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Many of his compositions are published by . national and international Publishers.
Battista Pradal is the founder and conductor of “In Musica Gaudium,” a choir and string orchestra in Oderzo (Italy) formed by students, young musicians, established soloists. With his choir and orchestra he has conducted many concerts, proposing a very wide and varied repertoire, with composers ranging from the Baroque to the present day. Among the proposed pieces include “Te Deum” by M.A. Charpentier, “Gloria”, “Magnificat” and “Magnificat” by A. Vivaldi. “Magnificat” by F. Durante (long attributed to Pergolesi), Mass KV 194 and other works by W.A. Mozart, “Stabat Mater ” op. 138 by J. G. Rheinberger’s, Requiem, Op. 48 by G. Faure, works by G. Puccini, Grieg, R. Vaughan Williams and other contemporary composers.
The repertoire also includes reworkings of films soundtracks as well as several concertos for solo instrument and orchestra by Pergolesi, Albinoni, A. Marcello, Vivaldi, Mozart and others.
He is teacher of Harmony and Composition at the Musical Foundation “Santa Cecilia” in Portogruaro near Venice and also at the Music Institute “Opitergium” in Oderzo (Italy).
He is one of the Artistic Directors of the International Choir Festival and Competition ” Venezia in musica”, a competition that takes place every year in Caorle, near Venice.
He is often invited as a jury member in national and international composition and choral competitions.
Jonathan Clarke was born in Solihull, England in 1977. In 1996 he was appointed organ scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, where he studied under Thomas Trotter. He graduated with a BA hons in music from Oxford in 1999 and was appointed Head of Organ Studies at Eltham College, London before reading for a AMusM in composition at Nottingham University.
He has played extensively throughout the UK and Europe as a solo organist and pianist.
He made the first of his appearances as organist on the BBC’s Songs of Praise in 2002 and has featured playing piano and organ on many BBC productions including, The Archers, BBC News at One, Midlands Today and The Antiques Roadshow.
Jonathan has played solo recitals at many Cathedrals including Durham, Salis-bury, Westminster Abbey, Dresden, Notre Dame and notable concert venues such as Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and The Barbican Centre, London.
Jonathan has performed a range of concerti including Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Saint Saens Second Symphony which he performed with Oxford University Orchestra 2011 in the UK and Italy. He has performed Bach’s Brandenburg 5 on tour in Berlin and Vienna with the New London Baroque Soloists. In 2016 he accompanied renowned soloist Nicola Benedetti for her Bruch Violin Concerto masterclass.
He has been accompanist at Kingsley School, Warwick since 2009 and accom-panist for Solihull and Birmingham Music Services since 2013 where he regularly accompanies for over 100 exams for children aged 6-18 every school term.
Jonathan is also a successful composer and arranger. His first major work Lament for orchestra, chorus and soloists was performed at The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford with Rohan DeLanerolle as baritone soloist. His Organ Con-certo was performed for the opening of the St. Alban’s International Organ Festival by David Goode and subsequently in New York. His large orchestral work Apocalypse was performed 2013 at St John’s Smith Square, London by the Sidcup Symphony Orchestra featuring the DeLanerolle Brother’s as soloists.
His hour-long Ballet Outlaw was commissioned in 2016 for the Manchester Centrepointe ballet company and performed in London and Manchester. He is currently working on several media commissions for television and computer with the production company Sounds of Circumstance.
Dr Clarke is proud to have a long-established friendship and working relation-ship with Rohan and Ishan DeLanerolle. He first worked with Rohan for a recording at Oxford University in 2002 and has accompanied him for many concerts in the UK since. He was delighted to accompany the brothers on their Three Cities Tour of Sri Lanka in 2013 and is excited to be working with them in Colombo once again.
An all too familiar face in the local classical music arena, Ananda Dabare was the concert master for the event. Excelling in both oriental and western classical music, Ananda became the Leader of the Symphony orchestra of Sri Lanka in 2001. He has been an active chamber musician, recitalist and a dedicated teacher who has produced several exceptional violinists. His commitment to teaching and training young musicians has found him taking the position of Conductor of the Junior Symphony Orchestra.
Having collaborated with the De Lanerolle Brothers on several occasions, the programme he describes, is one that includes classical music with a twist, with more than a few favourites.
Working with the 40 piece orchestra has brought together musicians from Colombo, Ampara, Buththala, etc. but for the concertmaster, the sincerity and feeling behind the music has very easily meshed the orchestra as a smooth running machine.
Joing the 40 member orchestra was twenty two year old K.M.C. Kavishka Ranasinghe. The violinist is currently a third year student at the University of Visual Arts, but hails from Buttala, Monaragala.
Kavishka’s first introduction to his beloved instrument came at the age of 12. He received the gift of a violin from his music loving father, who had previously encouraged the youngster to learn piano. Listening to clips of violin music and watching performances on Youtube enraptured Kavishka who fell in love with the instrument ever since. He was involved with music while studying at m/o Dutugemunu National School had no exposure to western classical music till an encounter with violinist and teacher Asoka Jayawardena who conducted several classes. Their introduction led to young Kavishka making the trip to Colombo every Saturday to attend Asoka’s violin classes.
Studying under the violin guru was an enlightening experience for Kavishka, who learned much more from the respected teacher than mere notation and technique. Under Asoka’s guidance, the young musician also learned discipline, time management and other important life skills. He also prepared the youngster for an audition that would land him a place in the junior symphony orchestra.
Though he has since been exposed to diverse styles of music Kavishka still cites western classical as his favourite genre and Bach and Paganini as his favourite composers. While studying for his university exams which are looming over the horizon, Kavishka still finds the time to compose compositions and work as a, freelance artist. He hopes to one day make it to the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka he humbly adds. For now, Kavishka is excited to absorb as much knowledge and experience can as a performer for the concert. Always wanting to reach his maximum potential, he hopes to one day go back to his hometown and contribute his knowledge to other musically inclined youngsters. (Text courtesy event souvenir)