Yet another performance of my recorder concerto, ‘Romanesque’, or at least the last four movements of it, happening at 2pm on Thursday 8 November at the Early Music Festival in Blackheath, played by the wonderful Daniel Swani. Details here
With the magnificent David Le Page and the Town Church strings, I’ll be taking part in a 200th anniversary celebration of Admiral Saumarez with music by Beethoven and contemporaries. Playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in C will be a new experience. And I hope the cadenzas will be a new experience for us all.
Very excited to be back at the wonderful Risør Festival. Frode Larsen, the brains behind it all, has got me doing all sorts of things as usual: organising a concert with Christian Tetzlaff, among others, which includes playing the Bach violin sonata in G, BWV 1019; playing Ligeti’s fiendish harpsichord solo Hungarian Rock, improvising on Grieg folksongs, jamming with a Sami jazz group, recreating an old Norwegian radio programme … and all being well collaborating with jazz pianist Michael Wollny on some Goldberg Variations variations. 26 June – 1 July if you’re in the area.
Delighted to announce a five-date mini tour with David Gordon Trio from 11-16 November. We’re delighted to welcome Italian bass-playing legend Rosario Bonaccorso to join us. Details on the David Gordon Trio website.
A mild Helsinki January saw the premiere of Tango Alakulo, a celebration of Finland’s centenary of independence with an alternative spin, through the medium of that Finnish obsession: tango. A remarkable and sold-out show saw actor/writer Timo Torikka star as the lift-boy who introduced characters in Finland’s history to speak and sing for themselves, while we the band played on. Joiking from Wimme Saari, singing from Yona, a pair of black cats dancing, all under the artistic direction of designer Klaus Haapaniemi. More dates to follow – we hope, possibly including a big EU one in Berlin in June.
Unbelievably excited about directing this wonderful baroque orchestra in a programme of Rameau and Handel (playing an organ concerto with improvised fugue) together with the third performance of my recorder concerto ‘Romanesque’. Then asking the orchestra to improvise both on La Follia, and also in various ways – faburden, cantus firmus improvisation, improvised suite, with jazz changes – on a theme given by the audience: . A remarkable trio of improvising brass players within the group will enable this to go smoothly. Project of a lifetime.
Good news: a rare opportunity to give a solo recital on both my instruments – at the Dean & Chadlington Festival, Oxfordshire, on Sunday 26 June. The less good news: it’s an 8am start. Better news: fresh croissants served and included in the ticket price.
I’m delighted to announce the second performance of my concerto Romanesque for recorder, strings, harpsichord and percussion. Premiered at last year’s Ryedale Festival, recorder-player Charlotte Barbour-Condini will give the second performance at the Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick, west London on Monday 20 June 2016.
9th December CD Launch! Incredibly excited about the launch of the trio’s latest CD ‘Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band’ . Available from Mister Sam Records on 11 December, and distributed by Nova Distribution from 1 January 2016.
The Alternative Sibelius Festival – for another composer anniversary. An amazing year of events in several European countries concludes with a performance in the Korean Cultural Centre – of course – in Brussels on Friday 18 December.
See you there.