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

11/06/2016, 3pm  --  Romanza

Sara Trickey, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | Hom Church, Hom Green, Ross-on- Wye | Book tickets

Work details: Romanza for Violin and Piano, Op.119a

13/06/2016, 8.15pm  --  Journeying Songs

Yoanna Prodanova, cello | St George's, Hanover Square, London

Work details: Journeying Songs, Op.95

17/06/2016, 7.30pm  --  Piano Concerto - VENUE CHANGED

Helen Reid, piano | St Dunstan's College, Catford

Work details: Piano Concerto, Op.111

10/07/2016, 6pm  --  ​Piano concerto

​Thomas Nickell, piano | Orchestra of the Swan | ​Stratford Arts House, Stratford-upon-Avon

Work details: Piano Concerto, Op.111

16/07/2016, 7.30pm  --  Piano concerto

​Thomas Nickell, piano | Orchestra of the Swan | Kings Place, London

Work details: Piano Concerto, Op.111

25 - 30/08/2016  --  Presteigne Festival - Sonatina, Psalm 23, Piano Concerto

27 August, 2pm -- Event 11 -- Sonatina for Violin and Piano -- Alexandra Wood (violin), Huw Watkins (piano) -- St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne

28 August, 11am -- Psalm 23 -- Presteigne Festival Chamber Choir, Edward Kemp-Luck (organ) conducted by Philip Sunderland -- St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne

30 August, 7.45pm -- Event 27 -- Piano Concerto -- Clare Hammond (piano), Presteigne Festival Orchestra conducted by George Vass -- St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne

See the festival website for more details and to book tickets.

07/10/2016, 4pm  --  Chaconne for Viola and Piano (last movement of Sonatina)

Part of the John McCabe Commemorative Concert at the William Alwyn Festival.

​Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola | Nathan Williamson, piano | Holy Trinity Blythburgh Church, Suffolk

Work details: Sonatina for Viola and Piano, Op.141

Other news

25/05/2016  --  News from the mixing desk (updated May 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.

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 at the English Music Festival on 27th May 2016.

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

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.

​On 29 June, the BBC Philharmonic under Jac van Steen will be recording Symphony No.8 and Toward Sunrise at Media City, Salford, for a Chandos CD. ​This will also include A Vision of the Sea which the orchestra have already recorded under Juanjo Mena.

25/05/2016  --  CD out now: David Matthews - Complete String Quartets, Volume Four

The fourth volume of David’s string quartets has now been released on Toccata Classics. The disc includes 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.

The CD featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review with Andrew McGregor, who said "This latest volume beautifully demonstrates Matthew’s indebtedness to Beethoven; not just in that quartet but to the arrangements of the Bagatelles and his quartet transcriptions of the two Beethoven piano sonatas opus 22 and opus 101."

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25/05/2016  --  CD out now: Piano Quintets by Matthews and Shostakovich

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 has now been released by SOMM Recordings.

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