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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.
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03 - 06/10/2018 -- At the William Alwyn Festival 2018
The following performances will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, Blythburgh, Halesworth, IP19 9LP.
04 October 2018, 10.30am
05 October 2018, 11.00am
05 October 2018, 7.30pm
See thefor more details and booking (should be updated soon).
08/10/2018, 8pm -- Sonatina for viola and piano
Part of the Little Missenden Festival.
Sarah Jane Bradley, viola | John Lenehan, piano | St John the Baptist Church, Little Missenden, Amersham, HP7 0RA
09/10/2018, 1pm -- Variations for Piano
Dominic Degavino, piano | St George the Martyr, Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA
13/10/2018, 7.30pm -- Adagio for Strings
Farnham Sinfonia | Conducted by Matthew Taylor | St Andrew’s Church, Upper Church Lane, Farnham, GU9 7PW
13/10/2018, 7.45pm -- World premiere: White Flame
Sarah Connolly, soprano | The Nash Ensemble | Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London
17/10/2018, 7.30pm -- Double Concerto, Variations for Strings
Sara Trickey, violin | Sarah Jane Bradley, viola | English Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Great Malvern Priory, Church Street, Malvern, WR14 2AY
26/10 - 03/11/2018 -- Ein Celloleben
Performed by Joanna Gutowska on cello as part of the Presteigne Festival Autumn Tour.
26 October, 1.10pm -- Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TS
3 November, 7.30pm -- Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SD
08/11/2018, 1pm -- Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Joseph Tong, piano | Waka Hasegawa, piano | St George’s, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR
13/11/2018, 7.30pm -- The Art of Love
John Tomlinson, bass-baritone/speaker | Rozanna Madylus, mezzo-soprano | Counterpoise | Hampstead Arts Festival | St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 1NU
17/11/2018, 7.30pm -- Variations for Strings
English Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Shire Hall, St Peter's Square, Hereford, HR1 2HX
08/12/2018, 7.30pm -- Six Brahms Songs (Brahms arr. Matthews)
Roderick Williams, baritone | Nash Ensemble | Conducted by Martyn Brabbins | Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 2BP
02 - 03/04/2019 -- Winter Remembered
2 April 2019
3 April 2019
Maxin Rysanov, viola | Orchestra of the Swan | Conducted by Kenneth Woods
25/05/2019 -- World Premiere: Concerto for Orchestra
Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra | Conducted by Thomas Hull | Chipping Campden Festival, Gloucestershire
28/05/2019 -- World premiere: Le Lac (dates expected to move to 2019)
Orchestra of the Swan | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Civic Hall, 13 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU
17/06/2018 -- Reaction to the premiere of David’s Ninth Symphony
The premiere of David'stook place in Bristol during early May. As Richard Bratby of The Spectator describes, 'The audience at St George's Bristol - where Kenneth Woods conducted the world premiere with the English Symphony Orchestra - actually cheered, and Matthews's habit of writing recognisable melodies might have helped there. One tune (and that really is the word) in the fourth movement was so unabashedly cheerful that I found myself thinking: he'll never get away with this.'
17/06/2018 -- Elgar Festival 2018
David was involved in three events at the recent Elgar Festival in Worcester, which saw the performance of two arrangements -and - as well as David’s .
See the photograph in the gallery of David alongside Elgar’s bust and Kenneth Woods, the artistic director of the festival.
18/06/2018 -- CD out now: Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs for Piano
Features David's work.
30/09/2018 -- News from the mixing desk (updated September 2018)
David'swas recently recorded for a Nimbus CD. Due to appear on the same disk are two pieces for strings, and , set for recording on 16 October 2018 (prior to a concert performance of the same works). This extends David’s association with the English Symphony Orchestra as their John McCabe Fellow.
On 24 July the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra under Paul Mann recorded David's.
and David's new arrangement of the were recorded for CD in July at Ely Cathedral. The National Anthem was recorded live at the concert, 'An English Coronation' on 23 July, by 70 players from the Gabrieli Players, 14 extra brass players from Chetham's School, over 50 singers from the Festival Consort and 250 young singers from the choral training programme Gabrieli Roar. The audience joined in the second verse of the Anthem so at that point there were over 1,000 performers.
The CD set, which will include all the music from the last four coronations, is due to be released early next year.
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