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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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08/09/2017, 7.30pm  --  Variations on a theme of Haydn

Waka Hasegawa, piano | Joseph Tong, piano | Wells Cathedral School, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2ST

Work details: Variations on a theme of Haydn, Op.144

19/09/2017, 7.30pm  --  Introit

Brno Contemporary Orchestra | St Augustine’s Church, Namesti Miru, Brno, Czech Republic

Work details: Introit, Op.28

13/10/2017  --  The Key of the Kingdom

Ex Cathedra | Conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore | William Alwyn Festival | Blythburgh Church, Suffolk

Work details: The Key of the Kingdom, Op.106

22/10/2017, 3pm  --  A Love Song

William Howard, piano | Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, London, NW11 6YD

Work details: A Love Song, Op.142

25/10/2017, 2pm  --  Romanza (album launch)

Madeleine Mitchell, violin | Nigel Clayton, piano | Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

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

09/11/2017  --  Norfolk March

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Conducted by Andrew Manze | Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Work details: Norfolk March, Op.139

25/11/2017  --  Vier Ernste Gesange (Brahms arr. Matthews)

Matthias Wengler, baritone | Niedersachsen Camerata Instrumentale Berlin | Kaiserdom Königslutter, 38154 Königslutter am Elm, Germany

Work details: Vier ernste Gesange (Brahms arr. Matthews)

26/11/2017, 3pm  --  Journeying Songs

Gemma Rosefield, cello | Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, London, NW11 6YD

Work details: Journeying Songs, Op.95

18/12/2017, 7pm  --  Sonatina for violin and piano

Krysia Osostowicz, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | Beethoven Plus | Wells Cathedral School, Cedars Hall, Wells

Work details: Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op.128

02/03/2018, 8pm  --  String Trio No.2

Eblana String Trio | Atrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 1PQB

Work details: String Trio No.2, Op.89

17/03/2018  --  Romanza

Madeleine Mitchell, violin | Konstantin Lapshin, piano | Rudolf Steiner House Theatre, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XT

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

11/04/2018, 7.30pm  --  Variations on a theme of Haydn

Waka Hasegawa, piano | Joseph Tong, piano | Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2BA

Work details: Variations on a theme of Haydn, Op.144

13/04/2018, 7.45pm  --  Symphony No.8

Ulster Orchestra | Conducted by Jac van Steen | Ulster Hall, 34 Bedford St, Belfast BT2 7FF

Work details: Symphony No.8, Op.131

09/05/2018  --  Symphony No.9

English Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | St George’s Church, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

Work details: Symphony No.9, Op.140

01/07/2018, 3pm  --  Piano Trio No. 2

Leonore Trio | Concerts at Cratfield | Cratfield Church, Suffolk

Work details: Piano Trio No.2, Op.61

24/08/2018, 2pm  --  Variations for Piano

Joseph Tong, piano | Presteigne Festival | St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne, LD8 2AF

Work details: Variations for Piano, Op.72

28/08/2018  --  Symphony No.4

Presteigne Festival Orchestra | Conducted by George Vass | Presteigne Festival | St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne, LD8 2AF

Work details: Symphony No.4, Op.51

Other news

14/06/2017  --  CD out now: David Matthews - Music for Solo Violin, Volume Two

Peter Sheppard Skaerved's recording of the second volume of David's complete works for solo violin is now available on Toccata Classics.

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14/06/2017  --  CD out now: An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st Century Violin Concertos

Featuring Harriet Mackenzie on violin with English String Orchestra under Kenneth Woods.

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14/06/2017  --  CD out now: Romanza

Sara Trickey and Daniel Tong have recorded three of David's works for violin and piano: Adonis, Aria and Romanza, together with two works by Faure, the First Violin Sonata and Romance, for Deux-Elles.

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15/06/2017  --  News from the mixing desk (updated June 2017)

Norfolk March will be recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow on 17 August 2017.

The BBC Philharmonic's recording of A Vision of the Sea, Symphony No.8 and Toward Sunrise will take place in November 2017, all three works conducted by Jac van Steen.

14/09/2017  --  CD out now: Tecchler’s Cello

Featuring Guy Johnston on cello.

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