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A French review of my Piano Concerto, 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.’

I’m working on the scripts for the fourth series of Chord of the Week on BBC 2’s PromsExtra this summer. Have a look here to see the sort of thing.

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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