Rosalind Ventris to release debut solo album, ‘Sola’

24th January 2023
Album cover for Sola, featuring an image of Rosalind Ventris sitting down in a light blue suit, holding a viola.

Rosalind Ventris (Senior Research Fellow) is releasing her debut solo album, ‘Sola’, on Friday 27 January. It features a selection of music for unaccompanied viola composed between 1930 and the present day, including a number of works that Rosalind performed at the JdP in Michaelmas Term.

The largely British and Irish programme allows Rosalind to revive substantial works by important yet still often overlooked twentieth-century composers – Imogen Holst, Lillian Fuchs, Elizabeth Maconchy, Elisabeth Lutyens and Grażyna Bacewicz – alongside more recent additions to the repertoire from Thea Musgrave, Sally Beamish and Amanda Feery. The album includes a recording of Five Sketches by composer and former St Hilda’s Honorary Fellow Elizabeth Maconchy.

With several of the composers themselves professional string players, this is, in Rosalind's words, ‘wonderful music – that just happens to be by women composers’.

To coincide with the album’s release date, Rosalind will be performing live on BBC Radio 3. A pre-recorded podcast with Gramophone Magazine will also be available on the same day.

Copies of ‘Sola’ are available to pre-order here.