I was a studio guest in the last edition of PromsExtra on BBC2 last Saturday evening, playing the series out with wonderful music by Madeleine Dring. The programme also included this year’s seventh Chord of the Week. Here’s Euan Ferguson’s review in the Observer.
Later today I pursue the Proms to Lincoln Drill Hall at lunchtime, playing Elgar. I’m trawling through the Leeds Competition repertoire in Clothworkers Hall at 10.30 on 6th and 7th. Also in Leeds, on 12th, 13th and 14th, I’m demonstrating some of the precious instruments from the Cobbe Collection, which includes three of Chopin’s pianos, and pianos belonging to Elgar, Mahler, Haydn…
I’m taking part in an interesting initiative with the Royal Philharmonic Society and the South Bank on Sunday 16th September at 2pm – A Beginner’s Guide to Classical Music, in the Purcell Room.
And on Saturday 22nd at 9.30 on Radio 3, I’m Building a Library with Vaughan Williams – On Wenlock Edge.
I’m currently listening to the first edits of my recordings of Mozart on fortepiano for Hyperion – The Jupiter Project.
The latest book by Barney Norris, The Wellspring, is all about my own compositions. We launched it at the Hay Festival. We’re hosting an evening about it at Keble College, Oxford, on October 23rd. The book’s cover shows the church and henge at Knowlton – see HengeMusic.
Of the other festivals during the summer, I particularly enjoyed Three Choirs, where I played Poulenc and Parry with my accompanying films, and also led an audience through Parry’s late political songs – very good to have a Shire-Hall-full of people singing away at the suffragette song Parry wrote for his friend Millicent Garrett Fawcett.
A few highlights later in the autumn:
I’m giving the annual Wellington Lecture, sponsored by the Spanish Government, in Turner Sims at Southampton on October 17th.
Turner Sims also sees three Vaughan Williams events for the sixtieth anniversary of his death. The latest of my ‘Unwrappings’ with Robin Browning and the Son Project will be The Lark Ascending and Flos Campi, with Laurence Power, on 6th October. (The Unwrapped series has included Sibelius, Elgar, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky & Copland – it’s proving a popular format).
On November 4th, we have a day devoted to On Wenlock Edge, with Peter Parker, author of the mesmerising Housman Country, and tenor Ben Johnson.
And on December 7th, I’ll be exploring RVW’s Oxford Book of Carols.
A bunch of lunchtimes – I’m performing On Wenlock Edge in Lincoln with Mark Wilde on October 12th, and playing with Joseph Spooner in the Americana Festival in St. John’s Smith Square on October 15th. The Jupiter Project is at St. George’s Bristol on November 3rd.
You might like to see me setting out the dilemmas of Historically Informed Performance (HIP) back in 1990 with David Wilson-Johnson. Eerily still relevant. Enjoy it!
There’s lots to explore here on my website. Click along the menu under the picture. You can listen to selected recordings via links to the record companies, or you can browse through programme ideas under Performances & Projects (here you’ll also find a selection of reviews) and under Presentations. You can follow BBC links to some of my broadcast work on radio and television, including Building a Library and Chord of the Week. My work on early pianos can be found under Devices & Desires, and some of my own music can be heard under Compositions. (Menu items with a drop-down list also have content on the header, by the way.)
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Caroline and I thank you for your visit!