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

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

30/04/2016, 7pm  --  Eight Duos for two violins

​Retorica: Harriet Mackenzie, Philippa Mo - violins | Ateneo de Madrid, Sala de Camera, Madrid

Work details: Op.79 - Eight Duos

03/05/2016  --  World premiere: A Love Song

William Howard, piano | Leighton House, Kensington

Work details: Op.142 - A Love Song

05/05/2016, 7.30pm  --  ​World premiere: Two pieces from The Seasons, Tchaikovsky arr. Matthews

Nicola Benedetti, violin | Scottish Ensemble | Is Sanat Concert Hall, Istanbul | More details

Work details: Two pieces from The Seasons for String Orchestra: May (White Nights) October (Autumn Song)

26/05/2016, 6.30pm  --  A Love Song

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William Howard, piano | Steinway Hall, London

Work details: Op.142 - A Love Song

26/05/2016, 7.30pm  --  One Foot in Eden (date changed)

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

Work details: Op.107 - One Foot in Eden

06/06/2016, 7pm  --  A Love Song

William Howard, piano | The Forge, Camden Town, London | More info and tickets

Work details: Op.142 - A Love Song

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)

10/06/2016, 7.30pm  --  Romanza

Sara Trickey, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | The Barn, Bedfordshire

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

11/06/2016, 3pm  --  Romanza

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

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

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

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

Work details: Op.95 - Journeying Songs

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

Helen Reid, piano | St Alfege Church, Greenwich

Work details: Op.111 - Piano Concerto

10/07/2016, 6pm  --  ​Piano concerto

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

Work details: Op.111 - Piano Concerto

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

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

Work details: Op.111 - Piano Concerto

30/08/2016  --  Piano Concerto

Clare Hammond, piano | Presteigne Festival Orchestra | Conducted by George Vass

Work details: Op.111 - Piano Concerto

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.

26/03/2016  --  News from the mixing desk (updated March 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.

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.

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 be released in Spring 2016 on Toccata Classics. It 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." 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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