ʻWonderlandʼ is a brand new project created by pianist Ashley Wass and violinist Matthew Trusler in order to raise money for the Lenny Trusler Childrenʼs Foundation – a foundation started by Matthew and of which Ashley is a Trustee. The foundation is dedicated to providing relief from suffering and illness in very sick babies and children.
Matthew Trusler adds: “Bringing great works of children’s literature together with classical music has become an integral part of our fundraising activity for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation. I’m especially excited that with this project we’ll be creating an entirely new suite of music; a work of art which will not only provide pleasure for young people, but will also directly raise money for very young children and babies who have been given a bad start in their lives.”
The narrated text based on Alice in Wonderland will be written by the renowned British novelist and poet Louis de Bernières. He is most famous for his fourth novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, has been translated into 11 languages, and was adapted into a feature film in 2001. De Bernières is an avid musician. He plays the flute, mandolin, clarinet and guitar. His literary work often references music and the composers he admires.
The illustrator: Emily Carew Woodard is a young and talented British artist with her client list ranging from The Times to Alexander McQueen. She has so far exhibited including alongside Rachel Whiteread CBE and Sir Peter Blake. With a quirky Victorian vibe, Emily uses sepia tones and vintage paper textures, inspired by the great Victorian illustrators Sir John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham.
Wonderland is a brand new project created by pianist Ashley Wass and violinist Matthew Trusler in order to raise money for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation – a foundation started by Matthew and of which Ashley is a Trustee. The foundation is dedicated to providing relief from suffering and illness in very sick babies and children.
2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of the great works of children’s literature. The book contains 12 chapters and a prefatory poem, and 13 composers were asked to write short pieces, each inspired by a different section. The pieces are performed in order so they follow the story’s narrative and are interspersed by an actor reading a specially written script. Some of the world’s most renowned composers have committed to the project, all of them writing voluntarily. A key element of Wonderland is its appeal across all age groups, a reflection of the enduring popularity of the original book. The composers chosen to write for the project represent a number of different styles and genres, while the script draws everything together to form a clear and compelling narrative. This project has been created to raise funds as well as to build further awareness for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation. It is intended to be the first of several projects designed to create a legacy of new music inspired by children’s literature.
Wonderland will be released on Orchid Classics this November to coincide with the month in which the hugely successful 2nd Edition of Alice in Wonderland was published. All profits from the CD will go to LTCF. The project has been toured as a live event throughout 2015 and beyond, with performances scheduled in several countries around the world.