David Matthews composer

In July 1990 I was staying at the conductor Norman Del Mar's house in Millook on the north coast of Cornwall, finishing my large orchestral piece The Music of Dawn. Each evening there were spectacular sunsets, and I used to go up on the cliff to paint them in watercolours.

The Music of Dawn is concerned with the sun in all its aspects, and I am sure that these paintings assisted the compositional process: the one above was painted on 15th July, and next morning I wrote the music you can see and hear, in its final orchestral form, on the website introduction page.


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Recent and Forthcoming Performances

24/01/2016, 2pm  --  Im Dorfe (Schubert, arr. Matthews), Final Scene from ​​Capriccio (​R. Strauss arr. Matthews)

Dame Felicity Lott, soprano | Ensemble from the City of London Sinfonia | Conducted by Michael Collins | Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, London | More details

Work details: Final Scene from Capriccio, Op.85 (Richard Strauss) | Im Dorfe from Winterreise, D 911 (Franz Schubert)

28/01/2016, 7.30pm  --  ​String Quartet No.8

​Kreutzer Quartet | Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall | Free entry, no booking required

Work details: Op.75 - String Quartet No.8

10/02/2016, 7.30pm  --  Two Dionysus Dithyrambs - DATE CHANGED

Was due to take place on 13 January.

Yuanfan Yang, piano | Rhyl Music Club | Rhyl Town Hall, Wales

Work details: Op.94 - Two Dionysus Dithyrambs

18/02/2016  --  World premiere: Nachtgesang

​Bamberg Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Jeremie Rhorer | Erlangen, Germany

Work details: Op.133 - Nachtgesang

19/02/2016  --  Nachtgesang

​Bamberg Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Jeremie Rhorer | Fürth, Germany

Work details: Op.133 - Nachtgesang

21/02/2016, 5pm  --  Nachtgesang

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Jeremie Rhorer | Joseph Keilberth Saal, Bamberg | More details

Work details: Op.133 - Nachtgesang

05/03/2016, 7.30pm  --  ​World premiere: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn arr. Matthews)

​Nash Ensemble | Conducted by Jamie Phillips | Wigmore Hall, London | Tickets

Work details: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn)

09/03/2016, 7.30pm  --  One Foot in Eden

James Gilchrist, tenor | Anna Tilbrook, piano | DoelenKwartet | deSingel, Antwerp | More details

Work details: Op.107 - One Foot in Eden

12/04/2016, 7.30pm  --  ​Sonatina

​Krysia Osostowicz, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | University of Sheffield | More info and tickets

Work details: Op.128 - Sonatina (violin and piano)

27/04/2016  --  World premiere: Norfolk March

BBC Concert Orchestra | Conducted by Martin Yates | English Music Festival, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

Work details: Op.139 - Norfolk March

09/06/2016, 1pm  --  ​Sonatina

Krysia Osostowicz, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | St George’s, Bristol | More info and tickets

Work details: Op.128 - Sonatina (violin and piano)

Other news

04/03/2015  --  Talking about Essays, Tributes and Criticism

David was broadcast in March on ABC in Australia talking about last year's big literary release about his work. You can download and listen to the interview here.

Read more about the book content and a review by Richard Whitehouse for Gramophone.

20/07/2015  --  Reviews of premieres at the Lichfield Festival

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David has enjoyed a wonderful fortnight in his residency at Lichfield Festival. Amongst the varied offerings of the Festival, David had a total of ten pieces performed, two of which were world premieres. Read review extracts on Toward Sunrise.

24/01/2016  --  News from the mixing desk (updated Jan 2016)

​Peter Sheppard Skaeved has just finished recording David's Three Chants for solo violin for the second volume of David's Music for Solo Violin which will be released by Toccata Classics in late 2016.

The Leonore Trio will record David's three piano trios and Gemma Rosefield his Journeying Songs for Toccata Classics at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Oxford, at the end of February 2016.

On 19th January, Rupert Marshall-Luck and the BBC Concert Orchestra (cond. Gavin Sutherland) recorded David's White Nights at Watford Town Hall. ​The recording will be released by EMI Records in time for the English Music Festival at the end of April 2016.

David's Piano Quintet was recorded last year by Martin Cousin (piano) and the Villiers Quartet at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford, together with Shostakovich's Piano Quintet and will be released by SOMM Recordings in Spring 2016.

The fourth volume of David's string quartets will also be released in Spring 2016 on Toccata Classics. The disc will include David's String Quartet No.11, and Beethoven's Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101, 11 Bagatelles, Op.119, and Adagio from Piano Sonata, Op.22, all arranged by David for string quartet.

David spent a day in June last year at Willen Church, near Milton Keynes, where Rohan de Saram recorded his 1976 work for solo cello, Songs and Dances of Mourning. We look forward to its release on First Hand Records in 2016.


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