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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. 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.
The news archive contains details of:
28/04/2017, 7.30pm -- World premiere: Sunrise for string quartet
Onslow Quartet | St. Werburgh’s Catholic Church, Chester
10/05/2017, 7.30pm -- Three Housman Songs
Gillian Keith, soprano | Orchestra Nova | Conducted by George Vass |
11/05/2017, 7.30pm -- World premiere: String Quartet No.14
Kreutzer Quartet | Deptford Town Hall, London
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
20/06/2017 -- Dawn Chorus
Ex Cathedra | Conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore | St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham
08/07/2017 -- World premiere: Variations on a theme of Haydn
Joseph Tong, Waka Hasegawa | Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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
09/11/2017 -- Norfolk March
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Conducted by Andrew Manze | Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
25/09/2016 -- CD out now: Airs, Blues and Dances
Features David'sperformed by James Turnbull and Libby Burgess.
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.
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:, and , 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, and 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.
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