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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 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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25/03/2019  --  Symphony No.8

David’s Symphony No.8 was performed by the BBC Philarhmonic and broadcast on Radio 3. You can now hear the recording on BBC iPlayer.

02/04/2019, 7.30pm  --  Winter Remembered

Carmen Flores, viola | Orchestra of the Swan | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Stratford Playhouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU

Work details: Winter Remembered, Op.86

03/04/2019, 7.30pm  --  Romanza for Violin and Strings

Zoe Beyers, violin | English Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Malvern Priory, Church Street, Malvern, WR14 2AY

Work details: Romanza for Violin and Strings, Op.119

25/05/2019, 11am  --  World premiere: Variations for Violin and Piano

Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin | Michael Korstick, piano | English Music Festival, Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Work details: Variations for Violin and Piano on a Song by Roger Scruton, Op.152

25/05/2019, 7pm  --  World premiere: Concerto for Orchestra

Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra | Conducted by Thomas Hull | Chipping Campden Festival, Gloucestershire

Work details: Concerto for Orchestra, Op.151

28/05/2019, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: Le Lac

April Fredrick, soprano | Orchestra of the Swan | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Civic Hall, 13 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU

Work details: Le Lac, Op.146

01/06/2019, 11am  --  Romanza for Violin and Piano

Zoe Beyers, violin | Philip Moore, piano | Elgar Festival | Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, WR1 2ES

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

03/08/2019  --  Stars

Gloucester Philharmonia Orchestra | Conducted by Adrian Partington | Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX

Work details: Stars, Op.3

23/08/2019, 2pm  --  Four Portraits for Piano

Tom Poster, Piano | Presteigne Festival | St Andrew’s Church, Broad Street, Presteigne, Wales, LD8 2AF

Work details: Four Portraits, Op.124

25/08/2019, 7.45pm  --  White Nights

Mathilde Milwidsky, violin | Presteigne Festival Orchestra | Conducted by George Vass | St Andrew’s Church, Broad Street, Presteigne, Wales, LD8 2AF

Work details: White Nights (violin, small orchestra), Op.26

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08/04/2019  --  News from the mixing desk (updated April 2019)

David’s Thirteenth Quartet was recorded towards the end of 2018 for release on CD this year. In addition to the customary four string players, the work features four singers and was written in memory of a close friend, Peter Sculthorpe. Musical Opinion (Oct-Dec 2018) described its performance in July by the Kreuzer Quartet, alongside singers Rebecca Lea, Jess Dandy, Will Dawes and James Robinson, as 'A moving tribute to a fellow composer and a searching addition to a genre which David Matthews has made his own.' Paul Conway goes on to call the Thirteenth Quartet a 'tightly written piece that covered a vast spectrum of emotion in a short space of time. There was quirkiness and wit as well as noble tranquillity in a persuasive premiere performance of great warmth and humanity.' Hear the Thirteenth Quartet together with David’s Eighth and Fourteenth Quartets on the Kreuzer’s upcoming 2019 disk with Toccata Classics.

03/05/2019  --  CD release: An English Coronation 1902-1953

Features David's work Recessional and National Anthem and will be released on 3rd May on Signum Records.

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03/05/2019  --  CD release: Symphony No.9

Features David's works Symphony No.9, Variations for Strings and Double Concerto and will be released on 3rd May on Nimbus Alliance.

See full recording details and listen to a sample.

 
 
 

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