See more of David's paintings
 

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.

 
 

News Archive

The news archive contains details of:

Search Archive By Date

Current News 

RSS News Feed

 

Recent and Forthcoming Performances

28/04/2017, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: Sunrise for string quartet

Onslow Quartet | St. Werburgh’s Catholic Church, Chester

Work details: Sunrise, Op.145a

10/05/2017, 7.30pm  --  Three Housman Songs

Gillian Keith, soprano | Orchestra Nova | Conducted by George Vass | St John's Smith Square, London

Work details: Three Housman Songs, Op.69

11/05/2017, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: String Quartet No.14

Kreutzer Quartet | Deptford Town Hall, London

Work details: String Quartet No.14, Op.145

31/05-07/06/2017  --  Two Nocturnes

31 May - Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland

4 June - Theatre Royal, Dumfries, Scotland

6 June - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland

7 June - Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish Ensemble

Work details: Two Nocturnes (Chopin arr. Matthews)

20/06/2017  --  Dawn Chorus

Ex Cathedra | Conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore | St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham

Work details: Dawn Chorus, Op.137

08/07/2017  --  World premiere: Variations on a theme of Haydn

Joseph Tong, Waka Hasegawa | Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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

25/08-09/09/2017  --  Owen Wingrave

25 August - Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

27 August - An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk

8 September - Tiger Dublin Fringe, Dublin

9 September - Tiger Dublin Fringe, Dublin

Irish Youth Opera | Irish Chamber Orchestra | Ireland

Work details: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 (Britten arr. Matthews)

09/11/2017  --  Norfolk March

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

Work details: Norfolk March, Op.139

Other news

25/09/2016  --  CD out now: Airs, Blues and Dances

Features David's Montana Taylor's Blues performed by ​James Turnbull and Libby Burgess.

Full recording details

25/09/2016  --  CD out now: Now Comes Beauty

Features David’s White Nights for violin and orchestra played by Rupert Marshall-Luck with the BBC concert orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland.

Full recording details

05/04/2017  --  News from the mixing desk (updated April 2017)

Peter Sheppard Skaerved's recording of the second volume of David's complete works for solo violin will also appear fairly soon on Toccata Classics.

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. This CD will be released in the spring.

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

06/04/2017  --  CD out now: Complete Piano Trios

The Leonore Trio's recording of the three piano trios, plus Gemma Rosefield playing Journeying Songs for solo cello, has been released on Toccata Classics.

Full recording details and review

 
 
 

Stay in touch

There are various ways that you can stay in touch...
You can use the online email form to write concerning one of the following subjects:

  • Receive email updates
    Includes details of various events and news items
  • Request programme notes on works by other composers
  • Give feedback about the website
  • Other comments / queries