David Arditti is a composer of contemporary classical music in a tonal and highly melodic idiom. His works include vocal, orchestral, choral, brass band, wind band, piano, and chamber music, plus scores for film and video. He also plays the piano, accompanies and conducts. He can be commissioned to write music for any group, and also for film or other media.

Piano concert in London on 30 November 2018

I will be playing, with other performers, my own compositions and other contemporary works for one and two pianos, in a concert on Friday 30 November at 7:30pm, at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square, London NW1 3PH.

The other composers represented are Alun Grafton, Alan Hilton, Sven Bale, Elizabeth Sharma, Philip Jones, Nigel Patterson, Martin Jones, Michael Regan, Mark Pampel and alison Doubleday.

There will be another chance to hear my ‘Grand Concert Rag’ Marta, duet version, played by the dedicatee, Marta Mitchell, and myself.

The ‘grand finale’ will be a two-piano transcription of my orchestral piece Ceremonial March No. 1, specially written for this occasion, played by myself and Alison Doubleday.

We will have the use of a splendid Bösendorfer 280VC piano (unique in the country), and an almost equally splendid Yamaha concert grand, both on loan from Marksons Pianos. The two together should be a spectacular sound in the acoustic of this fine, spacious Victorian Gothic church.

Tickets are £12 or £10, available at the door or in advance.

Here’s the poster, and a little preview of the two-piano Ceremonial March.

Aspects of Piano 2 poster

‘Chamber Music’ at the Tea House

The second performance of Chamber Music (Op. 20), and the first with woodwind, in addition to the original string quartet accompaniment, occurred on 2 February 2018, at the Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall, London. This was about a third of a concert entitled ‘The Art of Song’. The soloist was Ezra Williams. A more or less capacity crown was present, plus assorted cats, and we were graced by the presence of Dame Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music and  Patron of London Composers Forum.

David Arditti conducting Ezra Williams (tenor) and septet in Chamber Music
Photo courtesy Paul Skidmore 

The next concert date is a piano recital at St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square, London NW1, on the evening of Friday 18 May 2018. Programme TBA.

Art of Song concert 2 February 2018

The next concert featuring my work is likely to be 7:30pm on Friday 2 February at the Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL.

This will be a concert of songs and vocal works by various contemporary composers. My contribution to it is likely to be the largest, as I am working towards doing a revival of my Chamber Music (Op. 20), a 30-minute song-cycle for tenor and string quartet on poems by James Joyce. Watch this space for more details.

Wind quintet concert 15 September

The February concert that contained my Fantasia on a West-country Tune, arranged for wind quintet, will be repeated at 7:30pm on Friday 15 September 2017 at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. The performers will once again be the London Myriad Ensemble.

Tickets will be available on the door £12, concessions £10, or in advance on 07765 147324.

The concert is promoted by London Composers Forum, and generously supported by the RVW Trust.

The London Myriad Ensemble

Choral music listening page now added

I’ve been collecting some of the recordings of my choral music, and making videos of them where they are combined with the text, which can be read while listening. These can now be found here. I’ll be adding to this page as time goes on. Since choral music has been a large part of my output, this is a significant addition to the site.