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.

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.

 

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.