Recent and Forthcoming Performances
07/10/2014 -- Introit
Work details: Op.28 - Introit
18/10/2014 -- Nash 50th Anniversary Concert
6pm -- Performances of Nash commissions in the presence of the composers. Includes David's Horn Quintet with Richard Watkins on horn.
7.30pm -- Includes David's arrangement of Berlioz Les nuits d'ete with soprano Kate Royal.
Work details: Op.115 - Horn Quintet | Les nuits d'ete, Op.7 (Hector Berlioz)
18/11/2014, 1pm -- Cap Gris-Nez
Work details: Cap Gris-Nez
22/11/2014, 6pm -- String Trio No.1
Work details: Op.48 - String Trio No.1
04/12/2014, 7.30pm -- Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev arr. Matthews)
Nash Ensemble | Eleanor Bron, narrator | Wigmore Hall | More details
Work details: Peter and the Wolf, Op.67 (Sergey Prokofiev)
05 - 11/12/2014 -- Two Nocturnes (Chopin arr. Matthews)
Part of Scottish Ensemble's Night and Day Scottish tour - more details
5th December, 7.30pm -- Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen
6th December, 7.30pm -- Inverness Cathedral
7th December, 7.30pm -- Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
9th December, 7.30pm -- Caird Hall, Dundee
10th December, 7.30pm -- St John's Kirk, Perth
11th December, 7.30pm -- Wellington Church, Glasgow
Work details: Two Nocturnes (Frederic Chopin)
09/01/2015, 6pm -- Winter Remembered, Darkness Draws In
Performers to be confirmed | Purcell Room
Work details: Op.102 - Darkness Draws In | Op.86a - Winter Remembered (viola and piano version)
09/01/2015, 7.45pm -- Piano Sonata, Journeying Songs, The Shorter Ring (Wagner arr. Matthews)
Performers to be confirmed | Purcell Room
Work details: Op.95 - Journeying Songs | Op.47 - Sonata for Piano | The Shorter Ring (Richard Wagner)
15/01/2015, 7.30pm -- Double Concerto
Sara Trickey, violin | Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola | Orchestra Nova | Conducted by George Vass | St John's Smith Square
Work details: Op.122 - Double Concerto
17/01/2015, 7.30pm -- Ruckert-Lieder (Mahler arr. Matthews)
Sarah Connolly, mezzo soprano | Nash Ensemble | Wigmore Hall | More details
Work details: Funf Lieder nach Ruckert (Gustav Mahler)
10/03/2015, 7pm -- Eight Duos for Two Violins
Work details: Op.79 - Eight Duos
14/03/2015, 6pm -- A Blackbird Sang
Philippa Davies, flute | Nash Ensemble | Wigmore Hall | More details
Work details: Op.121 - A Blackbird Sang
17/04/2015, 7.30pm -- World premiere: Symphony No.8
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra | Conducted by HK Gruber | Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
09/05/2015, 7.30pm -- Symphony No.7
Work details: Op.109 - Symphony No.7
05/04/2014 -- CD review: Symphony No.7 & Vespers
'Probably as important a British choral release as we'll see this year. David Matthews's Vespers... is a work both of great beauty and of genuine spiritual force... I was moved and rather awed by the mastery of large forces to such humane, celebratory goals...
'In both the Symphony and the Vespers, it's the cumulative power of Matthews's music that impresses, the ability to build huge purposeful paragraphs that actually go somewhere and deliver on arrival - a rare faculty these days. Blazingly committed performances do full justice to, yes, one of our greatest living composers.'
Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 | Read more
Work details: Op.109 - Symphony No.7 | Op.66 - Vespers
01/05/2014 -- CD out now: William Howard (piano)
Work details: Op.124 - Four Portraits | The Shorter Ring (Richard Wagner)
06/08/2014 -- Forthcoming recordings
The Kreutzer Quartet have now recorded David's first three string quartets for Volume Three of the Toccata Classics Complete String Quartets project which will be released in the Autumn. Volume Four will have arrangements of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op.101, 11 Bagatelles Op.119, and the slow movement of the sonata Op.22, which were recorded in July. It will also contain David's String Quartet No.11 to be recorded shortly.
In March, the Orchestra of St Pauls, conducted by Ben Palmer, recorded David's arrangements for string orchestra of the Elgar String Quartet and Malcolm Arnold's Second String Quartet for SOMM Recordings to be released in March 2015.
19/09/2014 -- David Matthews: Essays, Tributes and Criticism
Thomas Hyde has edited a book focusing on David's work titled David Matthews: Essays, Tributes and Criticism. It has been published by Boydell and Brewer and can be purchased from the publisher or via Amazon.