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:

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.

For series – [email protected]:

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.