The "Fifth day Suite: Son et lumière" Planning for 2017 premier.
This original musical composition is already known to the public. Thanks to the support of Robert Ian Winstin, the Fifth Day Suite was recorded in Prague in 2008 by members of the Czech Philharmonic and Prague Radio Symphony orchestras and released in early 2009 on the ERM label, with worldwide distribution by NAXOS. On May 13, 2010, The Fifth Day Suite was premiered at the Toronto Center for the Arts by the Toronto Philharmonia under the direction of Kerry Stratton. The enthusiastic audience of 800 thoroughly enjoyed both the music and the performance.
The “Fifth Day Suite Son et lumière" incorporates images projected on screens above and behind the orchestra, and is designed for eventual touring. It is a multimedia production of amazing music coupled with incredible images provided courtesy of NASA, produced by La Plume Moderne in association with Evolving Media.®
And in the beginning (How the project came about).
1980: Robert William Hardy was inspired to write about our environment. The good the bad and the ugly. The way we treat our planet and the way we treat each other.
Willard Riley met Robert through Robert's orchestral project, L'Orchestre Symphonique Rock du Québec. Willard was a talented musician and arranger and worked with Robert on producing both the original Fifth Day Suite and the Symphony Orchestration.
1984: The first performance of the Fifth Day Suite
At the time of its premiere (celebrating the baptism of Robert's daughter, Shannon), The Fifth Day Suite consisted of four musical stories. It was performed in the church by Robert and Willard, with the help of two other musicians, to an audience of 200 or so.
The music was well received and Robert and Willard were encouraged to go on.
2006: They rose from the (not quite dead).
Collaboration was interrupted as each of the partners found himself unexpectedly with one foot in the grave. Early 2006 found them together again to celebrate their being alive. Robert now had the manuscript score to ten musical stories while Willard had acquired the digital scoring tools to bring the new “Fifth day Suite” to life. They recorded the Fifth Day Suite using a virtual orchestra, an excellent young guitarist, Paulo Stante, and fine trombone work from Willard.
And new disciples came forth (with Symphony Orchestras)
2008: The “Fifth Day” score was submitted for inclusion on “Masterworks of the New Era” volume 14 (and won). “The Fifth Day” was recorded by Prague Radio Symphony and Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Robert Ian Winstin.
2008: The Fifth Day Suite, with eleven musical stories was recorded by Prague Radio Symphony and Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Robert Ian Winstin and was released the same year by ERM Media on their Prestige series. Roy Radford, author of the Fifth Day Story, influenced the work and an eleventh musical story was added.
2009: A call from Kerry Stratton, conductor, Toronto Philharmonia to premiere the “Fifth Day Suite” with the Toronto Philharmonia at the “Toronto Centre for the Arts”. After much discussion the Fifth Day Suite was to be performed on the 13th, May 2010.
May 13th, 2010: Premiere of the Fifth Day Suite, performed by Toronto Philharmonia, conducted by Kerry Stratton at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
2013: Pieces being put in place to make further performances possible.
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS:
Maestro, Robert William Hardy Began his music career studying with Leslie Newman, L.R.A.M. He performed locally in the Newbury area (Berks., UK). At age 18, he moved to London and played tenor sax with Soul and R&B artists. He then toured Europe with five bands in two years, returning to UK in 1971 to join Fern Hill, and appearing with Screaming Lord Sutch at Wembley Stadium for the London Rock ‘n’ Roll Show (1972). After a year touring with Sutch, he moved on to playing in big bands (Mecca Ballrooms, Top Rank Suites) and, in the late 70s, playing on cruise ships. In 1979 he started writing music, beginning with reworks of the orchestral masters (Grieg, Handel, Mozart and Tchaikovsky). A newspaper article about his musical aspirations led to a call from Roy Radford to discuss joint projects for musical theatre. In response, Robert joined up with a local musical colleague, Mark Lundquist (ex-Fern Hill), and co-wrote a baker’s dozen of songs. In 1980, Robert moved to Canada to establish a foothold in North America and continue writing.
Maestro, Willard Riley
Willard’s musical career began with in-depth study, at age 4, of Beethoven’s Fifth via his parents’ brand-new LP phonograph and recording. He studied piano, classical organ and various brass instruments at school and with private teachers, continuing with private lessons and undergraduate music courses while earning a BA (Anthropology) at Dartmouth College (Hanover NH, USA). Keyboard skills enabled him to accompany chorus and musical theatre productions and to hold a succession of church music positions which helped to pay for college tuition and music lessons. A subsequent career in organbuilding gave way to a growing desire to create music, a move to Montreal, 1979, studies in contemporary music and jazz, striking up a friendship with Robert and-finally-penning music of his own.
The following CDs are available directly through La Plume Moderne. Contact Maestro Robert William Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
2006 | The Fifth Day Suite
Composed for virtual orchestra , guitar and trombone.
2008 | The Fifth Day Suite Recorded by Prague Radio Symphony and Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Robert Ian Winston was released on ERM's Prestige series.
2009 | The Masterworks of the New Era Volume 14 was released with The Fifth Day single movement.
2009 | The Masterworks of the New Era volume 15 was released with the “Rainbow Lake theme”, originally written by Robert William Hardy and Mark Lundquist in 1979. Recorded by Prague Radio Symphony and Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Robert Ian Winstin.
The “World Premier of the Suite was performed by the Toronto Philharmonia on the May 13th, 2010, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, conducted by Kerry Stratton.
“The performance was enthusiastically received, as evidenced by the numerous audience members who, afterwards, lined up to buy the CD recording of Fifth Day Suite and have their copies signed by the composers.”
Sales & Marketing Representative
Naxos of Canada
Comments from the Maestro, Kerry Stratton: "The fifth day suite was a very positive experience for me. I've always been open to new music and Canadian composers in general and I can tell you that this score has the one thing that all music needs,....immediacy.
Maestro, Kerry Stratton
Toronto Concert Orchestra.
VIDEO DEMO NOTES Asterial Plane:And in the beginning...
The Architect, designer of the Universe, working on a special project called “Earth”, pauses for a moment to think about the consequences of designing a planet to support life for millions of species, with only one species to have dominion over them all.
An accident and a distraction! A collision of planets and stars, and the swirling molten rock releases gases of Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon, Carbon Dioxide, Neon, Helium, Methane and Hydrogen.
After the collision and the cooling, the final result, accidental or not, is a perfect planet in every way: Planet Earth.
The Fifth Day: And as the “Fifth Day” dawns...
Planet Earth is a perfect place, with crystal clear water to quench their thirst and cleanse their bodies; a safe place to live and breathe for those creatures living under and on the water.
The air is clean and easy to breathe and for those in the sky, a safe place to fly.
Lots of berries and fruit to eat.
Harmony and utopia for all—including the humans about to come—who will take care to stay on the good side of the Spirit left behind to watch over them all (for better or for worse): Nature Calm (Nature Crazy to those who won't).
Cooling breezes and sun that warms vs. Hurricanes and Tsunamis that can kill them all.
And yes, planet Earth is a beautiful place.
Spring Song: Pride and Vanity
In the Garden of Eden resides a colorful creature foreshadowing the human type (that has still not yet arrived) by its Vanity and Pride: the Peacock.
He claims to be better than the rest—a superior creature, looking down upon them all, even the female of his own species because of her lack of color.
Attempting to demonstrate his talents, he fails to impress.
In his effort he almost drowns, and without the help of others would certainly have perished.
Not a thank you to those who saved his life. That silly, almost human, PRIDE.
PUBLISHED IN THE NEWS!
The Fifth Day Suite virtual recording ( By Trevor Pritchard, Standard Freeholder, Wednesday, December 6th, 2006)
“One down a lifetime to go”. Robert Hardy’s list of things to do before he dies has shrunk by one with the completion of a 10 song composition. Robert Hardy composed “The Fifth Day Suite”. A 10 part story written for winds and strings with the collaboration of musical producer Bill Riley. The bicycle marathoner accomplished the feat 10 years after winning a battle with Leukemia.
“If only everyone could understand that life is short and they’re going to die, people would get things done, like the “Fifth Day Suite”
Hardy describes the Fifth Day Suite-which he collaborated on with long time musical partner Willard (Bill) Riley-as a reimaging of the biblical creation myth. Based on a story written by Hardy’s friend and author, Roy Radford, the suite cheekily asks what the world would be like if animals had the same potential to sin as the humans.
One of the suite’s movements is based on the sin of Anger, and for Hardy, it’s one of the most personal. The shrieking minor key violins near the end of the piece represents some of the worst days of the illness-days that , as Hardy says, he would spend most of his waking hours screaming in pain.
Classical CD launch decades in the making for Glengarrian (By Steve Warburton, Glengarry News, February, 4th, 2009)
It may have taken God six days to create the heavens and the earth but it took Robert Hardy 27 years to release “The Fifth Day Suite” his magnum opus that is inspired, indirectly, by the Genesis creation account.
The stories ask “what if animals behave like people”?
On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Hardy was joined by musical writing partner, Willard Riley, of Hudson , Quebec, as they officially launched their CD. The 11 track CD was recorded in Prague by members of the Czech Philharmonic and Prague Radio Symphony, conducted by Robert Ian Winston.
Not so overnight (By Kathleen Hay, Standard Freeholder, March,13th, 2009)
Barry Lucking, sound engineer of the original 10 part “Fifth day Suite” (virtual recording) had gotten word the ERM Media was in the market for it’s Masterworks of the New Era Volume 14. Would Hardy and Riley be interested in entering? A rhetorical question, indeed. We submitted the title track of the suite…..and we won out of 354 entries exclaimed Hardy, still exhilarated. The particular accomplishment quickly snowballed into another, then another.
The musical partners, now formalized under the name La plume moderne, then had a very intense 12 weeks to orchestrate the suite for orchestra. But there was still more to come.
Robert Winston, conductor and musical director of ERM Media told Kerry Stratton, conductor of the Toronto Philharmonia orchestra, about the project. He requested a copy of the score, then suggested he’d like to incorporate it into the 2009-10 season.
The “World Premier of the Suite will be performed by the Toronto Philharmonia on the 13th,May at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, conducted by Kerry Stratton.
We are "Participation" and you will be participating in a delectable,
delightful. delirious compilation of demographic defying, desirous,
determinative selection of music, not necessarily played in the key of D
major or D minor.
We are writers, performers, arrangers and collectively make a great
The music we play and the sound we make is early 1900s . We all specialize in creating the authentic sounds of the period. It's fun, it's cheerful, it's a foot tapping, happy (and gay) sound with real old fashioned romantic themes (to make you cry).
"Oh the radiance of romance resounds, rejuvenating, reiterating in a rhapsody of rhetorical questions recording the reality of life".
"Caution: Our songs do not contain sublimity, subordination, sadism, sedition, taboo themes and not even a tetra chord. We do employ many sub-dominants and just as many dominants."
And we are truly unplugged, unplugged and unplugged.
OUR NEXT PERFORMANCE:
Visit our sister website, Participation Music Hall Theatre Productions at
For more information or to buy tickets, contact Robert: 613-525-9943.
and/or visit our
OUR PAST PERFORMANCES:
SOLD OUT | Sunday, November 30, 2014. Participation's Music Hall Theatre Production performed "Rag Time and a Crus-ta-ceous, Cuir-va-ceous, Cur-so-ri-al Crum-pet Un-der My Christ-mas Cra-cker", including the col-lap-sing clar-i-net cat-a-stro-phe that was held at the Georgian House Restaurant and Day Spa.
SOLD OUT | Sunday, October 5, 2014 we received a standing ovation for our Music Hall Theatre Production of "Rag Time and Syl-lab-i-fic-a-tion from a Syc-o-phant" with High Tea that was held at the Georgian House Restaurant and Day Spa
SOLD OUT | Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Enjoy "High Tea" at The Georgian House Restaurant in Alexandria, Ontario. Located at 146 Main Street south.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 Canada Day Parade in Alexandria, Ontario.
SOLD OUT | Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 7 pm.
Enjoy coffee and cake at The Quirky Carrot in Alexandria, Ontario. Located at 1 Main Street south.
Robert William (Bob) Hardy (Crazy Bob)
Robert was born in England and began playing the clarinet (just after)
He played lots of music and one day decided to take off for London to make his fame and fortune playing tenor sax (which he swapped for his clarinet) . Robert toured Europe five times with three bands and got paid.
He returned to England and toured some more before moving onto crazy Rock 'n Roll with Screaming Lord Sutch. He played tenor sax, performed sword fights, stunts and played Alice Cooper.
And yes, he did play naked in London. And yes, he got paid to do so.
He also played at the famous 1972 London Rock 'n Roll show with the Screaming Lord.
He quit rock to play in bigger (dance) bands and wore clothes.
He moved onto cruise ships where he played tenor sax, clarinet and flute and performed the limbo.
During his tenure he formed the infamous singing “nones”. “None of this, None of that and none of the other”
In 1980 he moved to Canada, built an igloo, studied harmony, orchestration and wrote arrangements of Tchaikowsky, Mozart and Grieg and then wrote his own Fifth Day Suite (after the igloo melted)
He also performed the challenging “Knife and Fork Dance” .
In February of 1996 he got sick but didn't die. Well... not quite dead.
AND SO A BUCKET LIST
Recording and performing Fifth Day Suite and other works. And so he recorded Fifth Day Suite and two other albums. Take a look at Robert's discography.
On May 13th 2010: The World Premiere of Fifth Day Suite was performed by Toronto Philharmonia, conducted by Kerry Stratton to an audience of 800.
He wore a suit and tie and lived in a house and never performed the “Knife and Fork Dance” again.
And then he got sick again. Not as sick as before. Well not quite.
And A NEW BUCKET LIST
The new list includes racing his walker , performing the Fifth Day Suite; Son et Lumiere and:
Participation : A brand new sound from the early 1900s (1900 to 1930).
Come on and hear, come on and hear Alexandria's Rag Time Band.
Robert still lives in a house.
To be continued with clothes.
Katie Ditschun (Vivacious Katie)
Katie has been playing piano and singing since she was young, and there was never
any doubt that she would spend her life making music. Originally a classically
trained singer and pianist, Katie discovered music from the heyday of Broadway, big
bands and jazz clubs, and was inspired.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Katie has performed in various
cities in North America and recorded in Boston and Montreal. She sings a variety of
styles, but has a passion for music from the Great American Songbook. Rosemary
Clooney, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald are some of her greatest influences and
Katie envisions herself part of that 1920’s world when she’s singing one of Irving
Berlin’s hits. Her rendition of “Wonderful One” will make you swoon, and you’ll get
a wiggle on with “Get Happy.”
Ian McIntosh (The Thinker)
Ian was born and raised in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in the late 1970s. Prior to that journey he had occupied himself with school, quasi-dangerous jobs for quick money,
(working in the North sea oil fields and as a steel erector on land) University and Pubs.
Starting to play guitar in his early teens he devolved to frequenting Folk Clubs, becoming involved in sound recording and playing for beers and/or money.
His move to Canada required disbursing recording gear and extra instruments for cash.
After arriving in Canada, a random phone-call parlayed into over 30 years (so far) of Ian working with sound and acoustics. In the meantime he re-equipped with some gear plus a vinyl and songbook collection.
Throughout his youth Ian was accustomed to sing-songs in the house with parents, relatives and friends ( Mum had won some singing competitions in her Ballroom days and constantly sang to the radio tunes).
At our local pubs (we were a holiday resort) people were encouraged to sing and most had a song they could “give a go”. Instilling a belief that a sense of community and fun has value and should be encouraged.
In Canada Ian began to meet people involved in the music industry and was soon to be found lurking in recording studios and at music festivals. Ian’s feeling that music can be a state of mind and powerful therapy was re-enforced from witnessing and sometimes helping a departed friend who conducted drumming clinics as therapy. Playing percussion along with his friend and an autistic child and witnessing a breakthrough in engagement that the child’s parents had never seen or expected was a reminder of the real value of music.
“Warning: Participating in music in any way and at any level may cause happiness”...Ian.
Willard "Bill" Riley (The Straight Man)
Born and raised in the northeastern United States, Bill emigrated to Montreal in 1979, accompanied by his young family (half of whose great-grandparents were born in Quebec anyway). A dyed-in-the-wool musician from the age of seven, he had been dodging a career in Music by building musical instruments, instead, but was missing the joy and healing power of live performance. So out of storage came the old instruments: a piano, a couple of trombones and permission from a local church to practice and play on their pipe organ. Before long he was free-lancing as a brass and keyboards man, and has never since stopped.
Somewhat annoyed at not having as many notes to play on his trombone as he could reach on the piano or organ, Bill picked up a fine old trumpet in a Montreal pawn shop and has spent decades expanding his reach upwards. But it was when they sent him home from chest surgery with instructions to practice breathing exercises that his relationship with Tubby the Tuba became inevitable: what better way to practice breathing than with an instrument that takes as much air to play as all the rest of the orchestra combined? Tubby’s own past regrets over seldom getting to play his own song have been well documented,† but these days, he and Bill are more than happy to stand back and help the other performers regale you with theirs. In the end, it's all about Participation.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. See link to Media for up-to-date information about performances by The Fifth Day Suite. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maestro Robert William Hardy at 613-525-9943.
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