David Matthews composer

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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Recent and Forthcoming Performances

08/04/2018  --  World premiere: New Fire

Brno Philharmonic | Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies | Konigskloster (St Thomas’s Abbey), Brno, Czech Republic

Work details: New Fire

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

Joseph Tong, piano | Waka Hasegawa, piano | Clitheroe Concert Society | Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, ​York Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2DJ

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

15/04/2018, 3pm  --  String Quartet No.8

Villiers Quartet | Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA

Work details: String Quartet No.8, Op.75

19/04/2018, 6pm  --  Winter Journey

Peter Shepherd Skaerved, violin | All Hallows by the Tower, Byward Street, London, EC3R 5BJ

Work details: Winter Journey (violin), Op.32

09/05/2018, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: 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

10/05/2018, 7.30pm  --  A Love Song

William Howard, piano | Djanogly Recital Hall, University of Nottingham, East Drive, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Work details: A Love Song, Op.142

13/05/2018, 12.30pm  --  Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev arr. Matthews)

Thomas Ades, narrator | Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Adam Johnson | St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

Work details: Peter and the Wolf, Op.67 (Prokofiev arr. Matthews)

15/05/2018, 1.05pm  --  Variations for Piano

Dominic Degavino | Chipping Campden Music Festival | St James’ Church, Church Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6JG

Work details: Variations for Piano, Op.72

16/05/2018, 7.30pm  --  The Art of Love

Counterpoise | Newbury Spring Festival | Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury

Work details: Adagietto from Symphony No.5 (Mahler arr. Matthews) | Three Alma Mahler Songs (Alma Mahler arr. Matthews) | Traume from the Wesendonck Lieder (Wagner arr. Matthews) | Two Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Mahler arr. Matthews) | Verwandlung

02/06/2018  --  String Quartet (Elgar arr. Matthews)

English String Orchestra | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester, WR1 2LA

Work details: String Quartet, Op.83 (Elgar arr. Matthews)

01/07/2018, 3pm  --  Piano Trio No. 2

Leonore Trio | Concerts at Cratfield | Cratfield Church, Suffolk

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

19/07/2018, 7.30pm  --  String Quartet No.13

SATB voices | Kreutzer Quartet | Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra | Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London

Work details: String Quartet No.13, Op.136

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

05/10/2018, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: Sonatina for viola and piano

Part of the William Alwyn Festival.

Sarah Jane Bradley, viola | Nathan Williamson, piano | Blythburgh Church, Church Lane, Blythburgh, Halesworth, IP19 9LP

Work details: Sonatina for Viola and Piano, Op.141

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

Work details: Sonatina for Viola and Piano, Op.141

13/10/2018, 7.45pm  --  World premiere: White Flame

Sarah Connolly, soprano | The Nash Ensemble | Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Work details: White Flame

08/12/2018, 7.30pm  --  Vier ernste Gesange (Brahms arr. Matthews)

Roderick Williams, baritone | Nash Ensemble | Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London

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

Other news

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

Featuring Guy Johnston on cello.

Full recording details

27/09/2017  --  News from the mixing desk (updated September 2017)

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

The Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde) will be recording David's 14th Quartet at St Michael’s Highgate on 24 October 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.

11/10/2017  --  CD out now: Violin Muse

Madeleine Mitchell and Nigel Clayton have recorded David's Romanza Op.119a for violin and piano together with other pieces by Berkeley, Harrison, Nyman, Poole, Puw and Wier.

A CD launch event will take place from 2-4pm on 25 October 2017 at the Royal College of Music’s Britten Theatre. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required and can be booked here.

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