All posts by Paul Bateman

Coming up in 2023…

Valentine’s Night concert with the Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall, London.

Film music concert with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Performances of my new arrangements for the New Century Chamber orchestra in San Francisco, directed by Daniel Hope. Music by Schubert, Lili Boulanger, Debussy and Humperdink.

Performance of ‘Berlin 1938’ arrangement at the Verbier Festival following this year’s successful performances in San Francisco.

When arranging I have my screens rotated to ‘portrait’ so that I can get a complete page of an orchestra score on the screen.

America – Daniel Hope

For me a very important new album recently released on Deutsche Grammophon as I have arranged almost all of it. The only piece that didn’t need arranging was Copland’s ‘Rodeo’ as it was already written for strings. New suites for solo violin and strings by Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and individual pieces by Copland, Duke Ellington, Cooke, Ward and Price – a unique tour through the different voices of American music.

I arranged the Kurt Weill Suite in 2014 for concert use and publication by Schott. It was originally written for full symphony orchestra and is now re-arranged for strings plus jazz guitar and drums. The Gershwin Suite for violin and strings followed in 2018 and jazz trio was added later. Then came the Bernstein West Side Story Suite in 2019, accepted by the Bernstein Estate and published by Boosey and Hawkes. It’s a thrill to have them all together on one album and my heartfelt thanks to Daniel for so many wonderful ideas and commissions.

Oliver Davis recording

I’m very excited to be going back to Air Studios in November with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to record two new albums of music by Oliver Davis, having already conducted his albums Flight, Liberty, Dance, and Arcadia. Here below is a picture from a previous recording session at Abbey Road with Oliver and Kerenza Peacock in the middle and myself on the right.

HOPE

The new album from Daniel Hope that features several of my arrangements.

Misa Criolla by Ramirez arranged for solo violin, choir, percussion and strings.

Danny Boy arranged for solo violin and strings.

Dream a Little Dream arranged for violin, harp, piano and strings

Amazing Grace arranged for solo violin, voice, harp piano and strings

Nimrod by Elgar arranged for violin and male vocal group Amarcord.

An Overture by my Grandfather!

I recently discovered an overture by my maternal grandfather Herbert T Child (1894-1963). Note his beautifully hand written score in ink which contained light pencil markings to suggest which instruments of the orchestra should be used. He clearly intended to orchestrate it and as far as we know he never did. I have therefore done so. It can be heard on my YouTube channel (Paul Bateman channel) or copy this link – https://youtu.be/MoDws6-Rh8U

Here below are some pictures of him and the title page of the original ink score. I was nine when he died but remember sitting next to him in an orchestra pit when he conducted an operetta. It’s nice to know where the musical genes came from!