The Agincourt Commemoration Fund is funding my piece Turning Points.

The Arts Council is funding my piece HengeMusic.


BBC 2 Television’s PromsExtra returned on Saturday 25th July for seven weeks, with my Chord of the Week now transformed into Inside the Score, which gives me a wider brief, ranging from the necessary paradox of the Bach Chaconne to the unconscious minds of Irving Berlin & Jerome Kern. I started with a chord, though – all seven notes of the scale at once, in Beethoven 9. Followed by Holst, spelling his own name, the dance songs of Frank Sinatra, Britten on the beach at Aldeburgh, Tchaikovsky running in the wrong direction…

I’m wearing my composer’s hat for the whole of the summer, orchestrating and polishing two new pieces for multiple performances this autumn. Let me start with the most comprehensive of these six concerts, in London, where my Symphony & Piano Concerto will be performed along with my new choral work, Turning Points: a most important occasion.

The Music of David Owen Norris
7.30pm Thursday 1st October 2015
St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9ED
The Orchestra of St Paul’s
New London Chamber Choir
The Children’s Choir of St John the Divine, Kennington
Amanda Pitt, soprano; Mark Wilde, tenor; Peter Savidge, baritone
Southampton University Brass Band & Guitarists
David Owen Norris, piano
Conducted by Ben Palmer
Piano Concerto in C (first performance of version with large orchestra)
Turning Points (London premiere)
Symphony (London premiere)


There are two earlier performances of Turning Points

World premiere: 7.30pm Saturday 19th September 2015
St Mary’s Church, Southampton City Centre SO14 1NX
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra & Brass Band
Guitarists & Pianists from the University Music Department
New London Chamber Choir
Highcliffe Junior Choir
Conducted by Joe Beckhelling


Second performance: 7.30pm Saturday 26th September 2015

St Matthew’s Church, Northampton NN1 4RY
Stephen Moore, Jim Bonsor, Peter Smalley
The choristers of St Matthew’s and All Saints’ Churches
Young Musicians from the Northampton Music & Performing Arts Trust
Conducted by the composer
Tickets at the door

You might catch something about Turning Points, and about Neville Chamberlain’s piano, on Radio 4’s Today programme sometime after August 5th, when I’m recording a feature for them.

The performances of Turning Points enjoy the gracious patronage of the 9th Duke of Wellington and of Professor Anne Curry, the world-expert on Agincourt and Dean of Humanities at the University of Southampton.

Second new piece: HengeMusic
Films: Rob Lambert
Words: Barney Norris
John Harle, Rob Buckland, Paul Stevens, Andy Findon: saxophones
Sarah Baldock: organ

World premiere: 7.30pm Thursday 29th October 2015
Keble College Chapel, Oxford OX2 3PG


Second performance: 7.30pm Friday 30th October 2015
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire SO51 8EP

Tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/musicatromsey

Third performance: 7.30pm Saturday 31st October 2015
Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HT

More concerts on www.ticketsource.co.uk/davidowennorris

In between Turning Points & HengeMusic I’ll be returning to an early speciality of mine, the music of Sir Arnold Bax, giving the world premieres (incredible!) of two important Pre-Raphaelite pieces of his, a setting for speaker and piano of Rossetti’s The Blessed Damozel (1906), and a song to William Morris’s poem The Garden by the Sea (1909). Even more incredibly, the concert also includes the modern premieres of two songs from the 1880s by Alice Millais, Elgar’s Windflower muse, and two by her husband, the M.P. for Sheffield, Charles Stuart Wortley.
Friday 16th October 2015
Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London
6pm: Private View
6.30pm: Concert

Tickets for Pre-Raphaelite Premieres on October 16th are available from www.preraphaelitemusic.eventbrite.co.uk




Comments are closed.