The concert on 25th May went very well. There was an audience of over seventy people. They were a very attentive audience and gave me a really enthusiastic reception at the end. It would be great to have the opportunity to perform the recital again somewhere so do let me know if anyone has any ideas of somewhere it might go down well.
May 25th 2018 At the Lion Ballroom in Leominster, this solo piano recital of works by Bach and Shostakovich will include all the Shostakovich Preludes from Op 34..
The idea of a set of pieces in all 24 major and minor keys was realised for the first time in the early 1720s with the first book of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. Many later composers, including most famously Chopin and Shostakovich, have followed suit.
This concert will present a series of pieces by Shostakovich and Bach in the order of the circle of keys beginning with C major and ending with D minor. All 24 of the Shostakovich Preludes Op 34 will be performed, interspersed with pieces by Bach in the relevant keys. The whole programme will be flanked by the opening and closing Preludes and Fugues from Shostakovich’s Op. 87.
There is something very satisfying about hearing pieces in all twenty-four keys. Something to do with being truly inclusive and egalitarian maybe. But also something to do with the physical properties of sound vibration and the link between the octave and the circle of perfect fifths.
And if this makes it sound too academic, then the deeper intention of this programme is to share my joy in the extraordinarily creative imagination and emotional range of these two composers.
Tickets will soon be available at £12 (£6 students) from Leominster TIC, 11 Corn Square, Leominster HR6 8YP
Tel: 01568 616460 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 15th 2017 Christmas concert by the Birchpole Singers at St Leonard's Church, Yarpole.
November 3rd 2017 Performance of my choral composition Ode to Joy, a setting of a poem by Gillian Clarke. This concert was given by the Britten Singers under their director Pamela White who commissioned Ode to Joy back in 2011. The solo soprano line was sung by Jenni Axtell.
October 5th 2017 Performance following on from AGM of Herefordshire COmposers' Workshop in Eardisley Church. I performed three of my Musical Remedies on piano - Impatiens, Chicory and Vervain.
September 24th 2017 Musical Remedies concert for Laura and Bach Flower Therapists' group from Latvia. I performed all of the Twelve Healers compositions from the Musical Remedies, introducing them with some things I have written about the Bach Flower Remedies (and which can be found in a more extended format on this website)
August 9th 2017 BISYOC Workshop concert which included a performance of a new composition created with a group of young people from the BISYOC course. The piece featured a full set of string instruments plus harp, piano, percussion, oboe and horn. It was very well received by the audience
August 4th 2017 Ludlow Assembly Rooms 1pm Lunchtime concert BISYOC TUTORS' CONCERT
This concert included the first performance of my composition for bassoon and piano, Perichoresis. I also performed in works by Weber and Daniel Leo Simpson
June 30th 2017 Birchpole Singers concert at Richard's Castle Church with Oran Johnson (trombone and piano)
This concert included a performance of my composition Apple Tree Hymn. The Birchpole SIngers also performed The Legend of the Unicorns by Frances Phillips, another HCW composer.
After the concert someone wrote :
'It was a super programme of music which suited the audience and sounded good in the building. We felt the evening was a great success.'
May 19th 2017 Concert with Nathalie Chalkley (soprano) at Yarpole Church, North Herefordshire
This included the first performance of my song The darkness of night and also a performance of my choral piece Ode to Joy with Nathalie Chalkley singing the solo soprano part alongs with the Birchpole SIngers.
April 28th 2017 Concert with the Offa String Quartet at the Lion Ballroom, Leominster (organised by HCW)
This concert included the first performance of my Elegy for Piano Quintet
December 16th 2016 Birchpole SIngers' concert at Yarpole with Archie Auger (bassoon)
December 9th 2016 Birchpole Singers’ concert at Brimfield with Archie Auger (bassoon)
These two concerts included performances of bassoon and piano pieces by Weber and Grovlez. They also included newly composed carols by three members of the Herefordshire Composers' Workshop.
November 13th 2016 Solo Bach to Bach recital in aid of Refugee work - Leominster Priory 3pm
October 8th 2016 Herefordshire Composers’ Workshop concert of string quartets given by The Eilan Quartet Dorstone Church 7pm.
This concert included the first performance of my string quartet 'For the 48 per cent' based on material from the 2016 BISYOC composition project.
September 20th 2016 AGM of Herefordshire Composers’ Workshop informal performance at Yarpole Church 8-9pm. This concert included a performance of the Spring movement from my Seasons of Zen Spirit. This was given by Gary Higginson (tenor), Archie Auger (flute) and Andrew Morris (piano)