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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.