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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. 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.
The news archive contains details of:
04/02/2017 -- Sonatina for Violin and Piano
Fenella Humphreys, violin | Libby Burgess, piano | University of Hull, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
26/02/2017 -- Piano Concerto
Thomas Nickell, piano | Orchestra of the Swan | Conducted by David Curtis | Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
10/03/2017, 8pm -- Eight Duos for two violins
30/03-01/04/2017 -- Prelude and Fugue
Performances on 30 March, 31 March and 1 April.
Chamber Orchestra of Lapland | Conducted by Jutta Seppinen | Concert Hall, Korundi, House of Culture, Rovaniemi, Finland
02/04/2017, 3pm -- String Quartet No.8
Villiers Quartet | Quaker Meeting House, London
28/04/2017, 7.30pm -- World premiere: Sunrise for string quartet
Onslow Quartet | St. Werburgh’s Catholic Church, Chester
10/05/2017, 7.30pm -- Three Housman Songs
Gillian Keith, soprano | Orchestra Nova | Conducted by George Vass |
11/05/2017, 7.30pm -- World premiere: String Quartet No.14
Kreutzer Quartet | Deptford Town Hall, London
31/05-07/06/2017 -- Two Nocturnes
31 May - Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland
4 June - Theatre Royal, Dumfries, Scotland
6 June - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland
7 June - Glasgow, Scotland
20/06/2017 -- Dawn Chorus
Ex Cathedra | Conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore | St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham
08/07/2017 -- World premiere: Variations on a theme of Haydn
Joseph Tong, Waka Hasegawa | Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
25/08-09/09/2017 -- Owen Wingrave
25 August - Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
27 August - An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk
8 September - Tiger Dublin Fringe, Dublin
9 September - Tiger Dublin Fringe, Dublin
Irish Youth Opera | Irish Chamber Orchestra | Ireland
09/11/2017 -- Norfolk March
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Conducted by Andrew Manze | Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
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. The disc includes David's , and Beethoven's , , and , 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 Matthews’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."
25/05/2016 -- CD out now: Piano Quintets by Matthews and Shostakovich
David'swas 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 .
25/09/2016 -- CD out now: Airs, Blues and Dances
Features David'sperformed by James Turnbull and Libby Burgess.
25/09/2016 -- CD out now: Now Comes Beauty
Features David’s White Nights for violin and orchestra played by Rupert Marshall-Luck with the BBC concert orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland.
09/12/2016 -- News from the mixing desk (updated December 2016)
The Leonore Trio's recording of the three piano trios, plus Gemma Rosefield playingfor solo cello, will be released on Toccata Classics in the new year.
Peter Sheppard Skaerved's recording of the second volume of David's complete works for solo violin will also appear fairly soon on Toccata Classics.
Sara Trickey and Daniel Tong have recorded three of David's works for violin and piano:, and , together with two works by Faure, the First Violin Sonata and Romance, for Deux-Elles. This CD will be released in the spring.
The BBC Philharmonic's recording of, and has been delayed but will take place some time in 2017, all three works conducted by Jac van Steen.
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