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Welcome

Welcome to my new website. I hope you enjoy browsing both past and future events. There’s an updated list of arrangements and both a full and a concert programme version of the biography.

Photographers Terry Crouch, Bill Hiskett, Graham Salter and Claudio Muscat have provided some wonderful shots and will be credited accordingly. The one at the top of the main page is by Terry Crouch. Bill Hiskett took the one at the Albert Hall with the RPO and the baton on the score, and the one directly above is by Claudio Muscat.

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Valeriya and Friends

Conducting a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall on October 21. Valeriya is a huge star in Russia. As advertised on London taxis! You’ll need good eyesight to spot my name in white above the wheel arch, or just expand  the photo!

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Arranging work

Just completed arranging WW1 songs for violinist Daniel Hope with tenor Michael Schade, clarinet, cello, double bass, piano and percussion for a concert at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg on October 22.

Next, some more orchestrations for Deutsche Grammophon, produced by Christian Badzura with musical adaptations of classical ballet scores by Matthias Arfmann.

For the last two years I have done a huge amount of arranging for both Deutsche Grammophon in Berlin and Decca in London, both of whom are under the umbrella of Universal Music. For DG It started with arrangements for Piotr Beczała who recorded his Richard Tauber tribute album in London with the RPO. That was followed by orchestrations for the Berlin Comedian Harmonists and for Daniel Hope’s ‘Hollywood’ album. This resulted in Daniel commissioning me to write a new ‘Suite for violin and orchestra’ based on the songs of Kurt Weill. I went to Leipzig in March to hear him give the first performance at the Gewandhaus.

For Decca it started with arrangements for Joseph Calleja’s album ‘Amore’  and has since been joined by two arrangements for a Russian soprano, as yet un-named.

In 2013 I arranged several tracks for José Carreras’ album ‘Meraviglioso’.  All were finished in good time but on Valentine’s Night, after a lovely dinner and a venry large glass of wine, the phone rang and his manager said “José has thought of another song he’d love to sing on the album, is there any chance you could do another?” I replied “Sure, when’s the recording session?” “Tomorrow morning at 9 in Croatia”.  So, when I conducted a concert for him the following November in Japan I reminded him that he owed me one night’s sleep! The score and all orchestral parts were emailed to a waiting librarian in Croatia at 5.30am, who then had to print them all out for the orchestra to play at 9. I received a phone call at 9.30 and in the background could hear the orchestra playing what I had spent all night writing. The wonders of modern technology! I wouldn’t have had such a large glass of wine if I’d known it was coming. Perhaps it helped…….

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Film Music Gala at the Royal Albert Hall

An evening of movie music, from recent hits to Hollywood blockbusters with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on June 26th 2015.

Highlights include Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Park, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Out of Africa, Harry Potter and many more!

 

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In the studio

Two very different recordings in 2013. I assisted my friend, the composer Christopher Gunning by score reading for the recording of his 7th Symphony at Watford Town Hall. Truly wonderful music – we have a real symphonist in our midst; rare these days.

Then I conducted the orchestral tracks for Rebecca Newman’s recently released album ‘Dare To Dream’. It was recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in Smecky Studios and went straight to No.1 in the Classical charts. I wrote some new arrangements for it including ‘A Lark in the Clear Air ‘ and ‘The Last Rose of Summer’.

2014 has seen two further trips to Prague. The first for composer Adrian Munsey – his Childhood Suite and an Agnus Dei, returning shortly after to conduct the orchestra for Lucy Kay’s debut album ‘Fantasia’, which is John Suchet’s ‘album of the week’ this week on Classic Fm.

There’s often a Christmas album to conduct in August! This year it was for German superstar Helene Fischer and for this I had the great pleasure of conducting the Royal Philharmonic at Abbey Road.

Bryn Terfel and Joseph Calleja

Joseph Calleja Malta 2014

Having conducted this concert in 2009 and 2010 I returned this year  to conduct for Joseph, Bryn Terfel, Claudio Baglioni and Leona Lewis. See photos of this concert by Claudio Muscat on my photos page.