The fourth series of Chord of the Week, part of BBC 2’s PromsExtra, starts on Saturday 23rd July – the programme starts at 6.50pm. Have a look here to see the sort of thing.

My Piano Concerto was broadcast on Friday, July 8th, on BBC Radio 3. You can hear it at 1 hour 19 minutes into this programme.

Here’s a review of the piece, translated from Le Bac du Disquaire

James Lyon writes:

‘I am delighted to turn once more to that great musical personality, David Owen Norris. He plays his own Piano Concerto, an important score, with extraordinarily imaginative mastery. His programme note is just as exemplary – let’s not forget that he’s also an eminent pedagogue, a musicologist and a brilliant broadcaster. He considers music from the point of view of drama, so for Norris, Concerto is a dramatic form. A genuine debate develops between the soloist and the orchestra, giving this classic form an exciting relevance to our own times. This is precisely Norris’s genius: he works within known forms, to which he always brings new energies, growing from a deep reflection that transcends art. Culture, imagination and a spirit of synthesis feed a particularly inspiring voice, at once new and and yet spontaneously comprehensible, as if his music merged itself with myth. Certainly, music is a “myth in sound”, but not all composers can live up to its demands. David Owen Norris, yes. This release from BBC Radio 3 is a Godsend, bringing joy, comfort, depth and light.’

And here’s a comment from a novelist friend:
‘I was very warmed to find that your argument between piano and orchestra led towards optimism. Early on, there seemed to be a trace of strop, later it seemed to be consoling, and even wise. But at all times it was very rich in themes. And to be very pompous, every now and then I saw silver beams and lakes of stillness and calm. Also (on one hearing only) it seemed to me that many of the themes came together in the final movement, and they led to… joy. There. That’s what happens when entirely un-musical people listen to piano concertos.’

My Devices & Desires project is almost ready to be announced. You can see preliminary details on the Devices & Desires page in the Menu across the top.

Dates for your diary:

Sunday 2nd October 2.30pm
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton
Sterndale Bennett Discovery Afternoon
Celebrating Sir William Sterndale Bennett’s Bicentenary
‘Queen Victoria’s Senior Musical Knight’ – Sir John Betjeman

Saturday 4th February 2017
Winchester Cathedral
A grand extravaganza with the Waynflete Singers, Southampton University Symphony Orchestra, Hampshire County Youth Brass Band, massed school choirs, and vocal soloists Amanda Pitt, Mark Wilde & Ashley Riches. David Owen Norris conducts his own Fantasia upon a Suffragist Song by Sir Hubert Parry: Turning Points, premiered last autumn, commissioned by the Agincourt 600 Committee. Check here for details.

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