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.
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.
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 London Myriad Ensemble
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.
Here is a video made from the performance of the new wind quintet version of Fantasia on a West-country Tune, (Op. 36a), recorded on 17 February 2017 in the Church of St Mary’s Riverside, Putney, London. The players are members of the London Myriad Ensemble.
This work is also available in two brass quartet versions: either 2 cornets, tenor horn and euphonium (brass band transpositions), or 2 trumpets in Bb, horn in F and tuba (orchestral transpositions) from Music for Brass. Additionally there is a version for clarinet, alto saxophone and two trombones. Any enquiries about this or the wind quintet version to me.
The London Myriad Ensemble will be performing a new arrangement for wind quintet (flute, oboes, clarinet, horn, bassoon) of my Fantasia on a West-country Tune (Op. 36a) in a concert of new music for wind organised by London Composers Forum (of which I am the Vice-Chair).
The concert is on Friday 17 February 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church, High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SN. Tickets are £12 or £10 in advance (call 07765 147324).
Fantasia on a West-Country Tune is available in two brass quartet versions: either 2 cornets, tenor horn and euphonium (brass band transpositions), or 2 trumpets in Bb, horn in F and tuba (orchestral transpositions) from Music for Brass. Any enquiries about this wind quintet version to me.
My Three Bird Songs (Op 33) will be performed by Ezra Williams (Tenor) with myself on piano at this free lunchtime concert on 28 October. I will also be accompanying a new setting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 by Alan Hilton.
I wrote this piece this year in the style (both musical and graphical) of the ‘classic’ ragtime of the early 1900s (though I think it still bears a few of my personal stylistic trademarks). It exists in both a solo and four hands version, and I have performed both versions a few times, the duet version with the dedicatee, Marta Mitchell.
The amazing Neil Crossland has now made this recording of the solo version. I hope you enjoy it. (Copyright in the recording is Neil Crossland’s. Copyright in the music is mine.)
This concert at St Mary’s Church, Putney, London, will feature the first public performance of Marha: A grand concert rag. I’ll be playing this new composition of mine with Marta Mitchell, dedicatee and Polish virtuoso of the piano, which will hopefully provide a good finale to the concert.
London Composers Forum returns to St. Mary's Parish Church, High Street, Putney for the first of two free Friday lunchtime concerts on 17 June at 1pm. Musical Moments brings together new music by composers based in the capital and covers a range of accessible styles from traditional to contemporary. This first concert features pieces for solo piano as well as piano duos with the flute, saxophone and cello. The programme includes an improvisation by Mark Pampel, who has built a notable reputation as solo pianist despite being registered blind. Other works in the programme include a sonata for flute and piano, a grand concert rag for piano and a light-hearted, romantic Pas de Deux for cello and piano. The concert will last about an hour. It's a great opportunity to wind down at the end of the week and prepare for the weekend with music that is fresh, stimulating, varied and free. Many of the composers will be present in person and there is the chance to meet and talk to them about their music. St. Mary's Church has a wealth of history, dating back to the late 15th century. Adjoining the church is a café – the Putney Pantry – offering snacks, drinks, refreshments and light meals in a relaxed setting. Do come along for lunch or a coffee and stay on to enjoy an hour of music by some of London's liveliest musicians and composers. Entry to the concert is entirely free, but we hope that what you will have heard will inspire you to make a generous donation as you leave. The second concert will take place at the church at 1pm on 1 July.