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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:
15/06/2017, 6pm -- Piano Concerto
Laura Mikkola, piano | Mikkeli City Orchestra | Conducted by Okko Kamu | Iitti Music Festival, Iitti Church, Iitti, Finland
08/07/2017 -- World premiere: Variations on a theme of Haydn
Joseph Tong, Waka Hasegawa | Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
09/07-19/08/2017 -- Kokoschka's Doll and The Art of Love: Alma Mahler's Life and Music
Performed by Counterpoise with mezzo-soprano Rozanna Madylus.
09/07/2017, 3pm -- Cheltenham Music Festival -- Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham
15/07/2017, 7pm -- Deal Festival of Music and the Arts -- St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Deal
19/08/2017, 7.30pm -- Buxton Festival -- St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Buxton
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09/07/2017, 9.30pm -- A Love Song
William Howard, piano | Cheltenham Music Festival | Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
25/08-09/09/2017 -- Owen Wingrave
Performed by Irish Youth Opera and Irish Chamber Orchestra.
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
25/08/2017, 7.45pm -- Variations on 'Lovely Joan'
Presteigne Festival Orchestra | Conducted by George Vass || St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne, LD8 2AF
27/08/2017, 2.30pm -- String Quartet No.6
The Nightingale Quartet | Presteigne Festival | Church of St Mary Magdalene, Bleddfa LD7 1PA
13/10/2017 -- The Key of the Kingdom
Ex Cathedra | Conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore | William Alwyn Festival | Blythburgh Church, Suffolk
09/11/2017 -- Norfolk March
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Conducted by Andrew Manze | Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
18/12/2017, 7pm -- Sonatina for violin and piano
Krysia Osostowicz, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | Beethoven Plus | Wells Cathedral School, Cedars Hall, Wells
01/07/2018, 3pm -- Piano Trio No. 2
Leonore Trio | Concerts at Cratfield | Cratfield Church, Suffolk
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.
14/06/2017 -- CD out now: Romanza
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.
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.
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.
15/06/2017 -- News from the mixing desk (updated June 2017)
will be recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow on 17 August 2017.
The BBC Philharmonic's recording of, and will take place in November 2017, all three works conducted by Jac van Steen.
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