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New recording of John Jeffreys Violin Concerto

10 years ago I conducted a new recording of John Jeffreys’ Violin Concerto (1951) with Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay and the Philharmonia Orchestra but the composer died two weeks before the recording and it was never released. It is now on YouTube and it includes a short video introduction by myself. It’s a very profoundly moving and beautiful piece. Please click this link: https://youtu.be/XDtel61odBw

New arrangements for Daniel Hope

During lockdown Daniel Hope has so far presented 60 episodes of [email protected], now [email protected] On Tour for the ARTE Channel. He regularly commissions new arrangements plus a reduction of The Carnival of the Animals for five players for social distancing. He is also recording a new album with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra that features many of my arrangements.

November 2020 – lockdown 2. [email protected] returned with a new series. “The Next Generation”. Arrangements for this series:

Some Enchanted Evening, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Edelweiss, It Might As Well Be Spring, A Fellow Needs a Girl

For Daniel with Max Mutzke and Marialy Pacheco – You, Unsere Nacht and Gitanerias and for the Airlettes, Stille Nacht and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

With Tam Ward – Fly Me To The Moon, My Way, It Was A Very Good Year and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

With Thomas Hampson – Panis Angelicus and White Christmas.

With the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco – Scène d’Amour from Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann), I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Reductions from full strings to Quintet: Five Copland Songs, Dvorak – Humoreske, Elgar – Salut d’Amour, Weill – September Song.

French Songs – La Mer, Chanson l’Auvergnat and Göttingen.

New arrangement of Elgar’s Nimrod for Daniel to record with Amarcord.

Christmas Songs fro violin and string quintet – Adeste Fideles, White Christmas, Maybe This Christmas, A Child is Born, Chestnuts Roasting.

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Austria – Wien di Stadt meiner Traüme

Bulgaria – folk song, Hubava si maya goro

Cyprus – Τέσσερα και τέσσερα, Τηλλυρκώτισσα, Το γιασεμί στην πόρτα σου, Ψηντρή βασιλικιά μου

Czech Republik – Dvorak Zigeunermelodien 3&4, Peter Eben – from Šestero Piesní Milostnych – Noci milá, Summer is come & Unter dem Linden.

France – La Vie en Rose

Greece – My Red Apple

Italy – Addio mio dolce amor, L’invito, La Ricordanza

Latvia – Fisches Grün, Put Vëjini

Malta – Il-Kebbies tal-Fanali

Portugal – Sabor a Norte, Maria Lisboa, Naufragio, Página esquesida

Slovakia – Cervene jablicko, Dobru noc, Żeby ja bedela, Paslo dievca pavy

World Premiere!

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 performed it with the New Century Chamber Orchestra (pictured here) in San Francisco and it is now in Boosey and Hawkes catalogue.

Dreams and Songs – Sir Bryn Terfel’s new album

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.

Michel Legrand and the Royal Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall – September 18th

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.