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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 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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15/06/2017, 6pm  --  Piano Concerto

Laura Mikkola, piano | Mikkeli City Orchestra | Conducted by Okko Kamu | Iitti Music Festival, Iitti Church, Iitti, Finland

Work details: Piano Concerto, Op.111

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

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

Work details: Liebst du um Schonheit (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

09/07/2017, 9.30pm  --  A Love Song

William Howard, piano | Cheltenham Music Festival | Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Work details: A Love Song, Op.142

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

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

25/08/2017, 7.45pm  --  Variations on 'Lovely Joan'

Presteigne Festival Orchestra | Conducted by George Vass | Presteigne Festival | St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne, LD8 2AF

Work details: Variation 1 from Variations on 'Lovely Joan'

27/08/2017, 2.30pm  --  String Quartet No.6

The Nightingale Quartet | Presteigne Festival | Church of St Mary Magdalene, Bleddfa LD7 1PA

Work details: String Quartet No.6, Op.56

13/10/2017  --  The Key of the Kingdom

Ex Cathedra | Conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore | William Alwyn Festival | Blythburgh Church, Suffolk

Work details: The Key of the Kingdom, Op.106

09/11/2017  --  Norfolk March

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

Work details: Norfolk March, Op.139

18/12/2017, 7pm  --  Sonatina for violin and piano

Krysia Osostowicz, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | Beethoven Plus | Wells Cathedral School, Cedars Hall, Wells

Work details: Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op.128

01/07/2018, 3pm  --  Piano Trio No. 2

Leonore Trio | Concerts at Cratfield | Cratfield Church, Suffolk

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

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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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14/06/2017  --  CD out now: Romanza

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.

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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.

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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.

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15/06/2017  --  News from the mixing desk (updated June 2017)

Norfolk March will be recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow on 17 August 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.


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