I've just recorded a couple of new works with Manchester Camerata for Manchester International Festival's Music for a Busy City project. 6 new works have been commissioned and recorded, with each piece "belonging" to a specific location in the city. The recordings will be played in sequence every hour of every day of the Festival which runs from the end of June until mid-July.
At the end of March the Nottingham Philharmonic performed all four Brahms symphonies in a weekend, nos. 1&2 on Saturday evening and nos. 3&4 on Sunday afternoon. We used the new Henle urtext editions prepared by preeminent Brahms scholar Professor Robert Pascall, who was at both concerts and gave associated pre-concert talks. As well as almost certainly being the first complete cycle given with the new parts, Professor Pascall said he had never experienced all four symphonies played within a two day period.
Read the review from the Nottingham Evening Post here.
Between 7.30pm on Saturday 25th March and approximately 5pm on Sunday 26th I'll be conducting all four Brahms symphonies with the Nottingham Philharmonic. A rare chance to hear these four seminal works all together.
A nice review of the latest RNCM disc for Chandos in Gramophone magazine..
1 CD recording, 7 concerts (of entirely different programmes), more piano concerti than I'd normally conduct in a season, first RNCM composer festival of the year, and that's before the teaching....
Below are some of the scores!
Our latest recording on the Chandos label features the music of Robert Russell Bennett, known as the inventor of the "Broadway Sound" and a noted composer in his own right. Order the disc or downloads from Chandos.
It's been a hectic summer of tours and masterclasses. Manchester University Symphony Orchestra gave 3 fantastic concerts in Belgium, repertoire included Shostakovich 5th Symphony.
After that, guest conducting with the band of Chinese State TV and a great week with Hertfordshire Wind Sinfonia. Sherborne Summer School was as always an inspirational week, with Martin Ellerby the featured composer and students from UK, USA, Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Ireland and maybe some other places I can't remember.
Finally, my first visit to teach at Dirigentuka in Stavanger - 115 conducting students in the week!
Ever wondered what a conductor actually does? Me too...
Last year I collaborated with the Open University and Future Learn in the creation of a MOOC aimed at explaining what a music score is, and how it works. This free online course aimed at music lovers who don't have much formal training is running again from 18th July.
You can view some of the videos from this course here on YouTube. Numbers 8, 9 & 10 are the most interesting!