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Welcome

Welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy browsing both past and future events, checking out the list of arrangements, the biography, discography and the photos. Feel free to leave any comments!

Photographers Terry Crouch, Bill Hiskett, Graham Salter and Claudio Muscat have provided some wonderful shots and are 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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The Music of John Williams

I’m returning the the Regent Theatre Ipswich on September 21st to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the music of John Williams. Excerpts fromStar Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, Close Encounters, Superman, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and many more!

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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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Arranging work

 

 

April 2016: All arrangements of last month delivered and recorded. Medley for José Carreras’ world tour will have its first performance at the Royal Albert Hall on May 15th. Now I start the orchestral reduction of my ‘Kurt Weill Suite for violin and Orchestra’ for Daniel Hope’s concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in January 2017.

March 2016: New arrangements for Adrian Munsey completed and recorded in London. Now working on a new suite of music by Maurice Jarre and constructing a new medley for José Carreras.

January/February 2016: Five arrangements completed for David Gregory’s forthcoming recording.  Also completed are four Morricone arrangements for Silva Screen Records to be recorded in Prague.

November 2015: New version of Adrian Munsey’s ‘Faraway Place’ to become a tribute song for the Queen! Called ‘Her Majesty’ and will be a Christmas release. New arrangement for Rebecca Newman. I conducted the recording in Prague on the 15th.

September/October 2015: This is when a huge amount of Christmas music gets hired out,  particularly in preparation are scores for Sol3Mio’s Christmas concert in New Zealand.

August 2015: Orchestration for Decca of ‘Swedish Rhapsody’ (a short piano concerto) by Charles Widman for a recording by Russian  pianist Valentina Lisitska.

March 2015: Arrangements for Decca and conducted recording of them with Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague.

Arranging for vocal group Sol3 Mio and conducting them with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

February 2015: Working on new works by Adrian Munsey, orchestral reductions for Rebecca Newman’s tour and starting on arrangements for a new recording for pianist Jan Mulder that I will conduct in June with the LSO.

January 2015: Orchestral suite from Sondheim’s Into The Woods completed and recorded by the RPO late January.

Late 2014: Re-arrangement for solo violin, solo cello, 2 harps and strings of Einuadi’s Cadenza from Divenire for Decca recording by Norwegian duo Mari and Hakon Samuelsen.

2014: I arranged ten World War 1 songs for violinist Daniel Hope with tenor Michael Schade, clarinet, cello, double bass, piano and percussion for a concert that took place at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg on October 22.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 very 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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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 for Sony ‘Fantasia’, which also went straight to no.1.

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.

2015  March sees first recording with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague for Decca and returning to the City of Prague Philharmonic for an album for vocal group Sol3 Mio. 3rd Prague trip of the year coming up in November, this time for American producer Daniel Belardinelli and singer Jaymay. Also recording a new track for Rebecca Newman on same Prague trip.

2016 – recording new arrangements for Adrian Munsey in London and David Gregory in Prague. June sees a 2nd album for composer Oliver Davis, this time conducting the RPO.

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Back to the piano!

Two concerts in June mean a return to my piano practise, which always makes me feel like a real musician – actually making some sound! Much as I love arranging and conducting, I do miss making the noise myself.

11th June  – Piano recital at Tudeley Church in Kent – Rachmaninov, Debussy and Ravel.

12th June Kammerspiel Trio concert at Brighton Pavillion. Beethoven C minor Trio Opus 1, no.3 and Mendelssohn Trio in D minor.

Unfortunately both concerts are private.

 

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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.