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

05/06/2015, 1pm  --  Sonata for Piano

Dominic Degavino, piano | Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields | Free admission, no ticket required

Work details: Op.47 - Sonata for Piano

13/06/2015, 4pm  --  Sonata for Piano

Dominic Degavino, piano | RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester | Free admission, no ticket required

Work details: Op.47 - Sonata for Piano

03 - 12/07/2015  --  Composer-in-residence at Lichfield Festival

David is looking forward to his time at Lichfield Festival this year, after being appointed composer-in-residence. Full details will be available from the festival website on 19 March.

4th July, 3pm -- Psalm 23 -- Lichfield Cathedral Choir

6th July, 12 noon -- Preludes I, II and V, VI, XII, XV -- Daniel Pioro (violin)

7th July, 12 noon -- Aria -- Soh-Yon Kim (violin), Maksim Stsura (piano)

8th July, 7.30pm -- Toward Sunrise -- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lahav Shani

9th July, 12 noon -- A Little Threnody -- Amy Harman (bassoon)

9th July, 3pm -- String Quartet No.10 -- Sacconi Quartet

9th July, 9pm -- Dawn Chorus (premiere) -- Ex Cathedra conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore

10th July, 12 noon -- Sarabande, Journeying Songs -- Jack Reddick (flute), Hilary Suckling (piano), Laura Armstrong (cello)

11th July, 12 noon -- Two Dionysus Dithyrambs -- Yuanfan Yang (piano)

03/07/2015, 4pm  --  One Foot in Eden

James Gilchrist, tenor | Anna Tilbrook, piano | Vanburgh Quartet | West Cork Chamber Music Festival | St Brendan's Church, Bantry

Work details: Op.107 - One Foot in Eden

15/07/2015, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: Two Canonic Studies

Schubert Ensemble | Wigmore Hall

Work details: Two Canonic Studies (Schumann)

30/08/2015  --  Three Housman Songs

Gillian Keith, soprano | Presteigne Festival Orchestra | Conducted by George Vass | Presteigne Festival

Work details: Op.69 - Three Housman Songs

31/08/2015  --  Three Studies for solo violin

Fenella Humphreys, violin | Presteigne Festival, St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Wales

Work details: Op.39 - Three Studies

01/10/2015, 7.30pm  --  Piano Trio No.3

Leonore Piano Trio | Kings Place, London

Work details: Op.97 - Piano Trio No.3

16/10/2015  --  Piano Trio No.1

Leonore Piano Trio | Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Work details: Op.34 - Piano Trio No.1

Other news

04/03/2015  --  Forthcoming recordings

David's Piano Quintet was recorded 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 some time in the Autumn. Further details coming soon.

The fourth volume of David's string quartets will also be released in the Autumn 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.

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

David was recently broadcast 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.

17/03/2015  --  CD out now: Elgar, Arnold and Simpson arranged for Strings

25/06/2015  --  Songs and Dances of Mourning

David recently spent a day 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 later in the year.


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