Mad on marches: concerts in July and September 2019

London Composers Forum at the Harrow Summer Music Festival

Thursday 11 July 2019 at 12:30pm, Church of St John Greenhill, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2JE.

I will be playing A New Wedding March, a work I wrote for my brother’s wedding about a decade ago, on the piano, and  also a piano arrangement I have made of one of my orchestral marches, Pomp and Circumstance (Op. 23).

This will be part of a concert also including a new flute sonata by my friend Martin Jones, and works for piano and vibraphone by Derek Foster and Michael Regan, pieces for cello and piano by Peter Openshaw and Alan Hilton. and a piano piece by Peter Terry. Admission will be free, with a collection at the end.

The concert is organised by London Composers Forum in collaboration with Harrow Summer Music Festival.

‘World Tour’

Premiere of March of the Pioneers (Op 58)

London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Taylor

Saturday 28 September at 7:30pm, Church of St George the Martyr, Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA

The idea of this concert is a journey round the world, with each continent or region represented by a new piece by a different composer. My contribution is a piece representing North America, entitled March of the Pioneers (I told you I was obsessed by marches). If it in any way represents the history of America, then the Native Americans do not come too well out of it. The melodies doffs the cap at the swagger of Sousa and the syncopations of Joplin, and are orchestrated in a style somewhere between Elgar and the Loony Tunes scores of Carl Stalling.

Other contributions to the world tour come from composers Isa Suarez, Marianne Johnson, Liz Sharma, Nigel Patterson, Clifford Hughes, Alison Doubleday, Alun Grafton and Simon Tait, all played by London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Taylor. Admission £12 (£10 concessions), tickets on the door or via London Composers Forum.

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