Recent and Forthcoming Performances
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
Lullaby (world premiere) -- Lesley-Jane Rogers, soprano / John Turner, recorder / Richard Simpson, oboe / mixed chamber ensemble
05 October 2018, 11.00am
Darkness Draws In -- Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola
05 October 2018, 7.30pm
Sonatina for Viola and Piano (world Premiere) -- Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola / Nathan Williamson, piano
See the festival website for 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
Work details: Sonatina for Viola and Piano, Op.141
09/10/2018, 1pm -- Variations for Piano
Dominic Degavino, piano | St George the Martyr, Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA
Work details: Variations for Piano, Op.72
13/10/2018, 7.30pm -- Adagio for Strings
Farnham Sinfonia | Conducted by Matthew Taylor | St Andrew’s Church, Upper Church Lane, Farnham, GU9 7PW
Work details: Adagio (string orchestra), Op.56b
13/10/2018, 7.45pm -- World premiere: White Flame
Sarah Connolly, soprano | The Nash Ensemble | Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London
Work details: White Flame, Op.149
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
Work details: Double Concerto, Op.122 | Variations on Bach's Chorale Die Nacht ist Kommen, Op.40
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
Work details: Ein Celloleben, Op.129
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
Work details: Variations on a theme of Haydn, Op.144
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
Work details: The Art of Love
17/11/2018, 7.30pm -- Variations for Strings
English Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Kenneth Woods | Shire Hall, St Peter's Square, Hereford, HR1 2HX
Work details: Variations on Bach's Chorale Die Nacht ist Kommen, Op.40
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
Work details: Six Songs (Brahms arr. Matthews)
02 - 03/04/2019 -- Winter Remembered
2 April 2019
Civic Hall, 13 Rother Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU
3 April 2019
Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR
Maxin Rysanov, viola | Orchestra of the Swan | Conducted by Kenneth Woods
Work details: Winter Remembered, Op.86
25/05/2019 -- 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 -- 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
Work details: Le Lac, Op.146
17/06/2018 -- Reaction to the premiere of David’s Ninth Symphony
The premiere of David's Ninth Symphony took 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
18/06/2018 -- CD out now: Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs for Piano
30/09/2018 -- News from the mixing desk (updated September 2018)
David's Symphony No.9 was recently recorded for a Nimbus CD. Due to appear on the same disk are two pieces for strings,Double Concerto and Variations for Strings, 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 A June Song.
Recessional and David's new arrangement of the National Anthem 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.