As with everybody else, the brakes have to go on for a while. Let’s hope not for too long but we have to do whatever we need to do to get to the other side and I hope and pray that all my family, friends and colleagues stay well.
I hope to update again in the not too distant future. Love to you all.
As last year I celebrate Christmas music with the Royal Philharmonic and the London Community Gospel Choir in BT’s annual concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I’m also there on the 14th with the same choir and orchestra.
Today sees the first performance of my new West Side Story Suite for solo violin and strings that I have arranged for Daniel Hope. He will perform it with the New Century Chamber Orchestra (pictured here) in San Francisco and in due course it will be in Boosey’s catalogue.
Sunday May 12th at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. Capriccio Italienne, Violin Concerto with soloist Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Romeo and Juliet Overture and Swan Lake Suite.
Mid February saw a return to Abbey Road to conduct the RPO in a new recording of music by Oliver Davis, called ‘Arcadia’. Soloists were Kerenza Peacock, Huw Watkins and Ben Baker.
This is my 4th album of Oliver’s wonderful music. It went really well; the soloists and the orchestra were magnificent.
11th December, Royal Festival Hall, London at 8pm
Joseph Calleja, He Wu, Beau Dermott, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Paul Bateman
I had the great honour of conducting the Czech Philharmonic at the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague and the Royal Philharmonic at Abbey Road for Sir Bryn’s new album – to be released on October 19th. In addition to many glorious solos it also has several duets with great artists of our day from many fields – Katherine Jenkins, Joseph Calleja, Alfie Boe, Danielle de Niese, Rob Brydon and Emma Thompson. The photo is from Abbey Road.
I had the great pleasure of assisting the legendary Michel Legrand in a concert of his music. Sadly this has turned out to be his last London appearance as he died on January 26th 2019 in Paris.
The Windmills of Your Mind, Summer of 42, The Thomas Crown Affair and many more of his classic film scores. For some pieces he played the piano whilst I conducted. During one round of applause he shook my hand and said “you just saved my life!” A concert I will never forget and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity work meet and work with such a great artist.
Two days recording with the Czech Philharmonic in their glorious looking and sounding hall – the Dvorak Hall in the Rudolfinum, Prague and a day at Abbey Road with the RPO for a new album to be announced soon.
More sessions at Abbey Road with the LSO planned soon.