David Owen Norris is unsurpassed as a musical communicator. His analysis of Sir Hubert Parry’s song Jerusalem, for instance, in the Prince of Wales’s programme on the composer, drew forth ecstatic reviews.
David Owen Norris often gives tailor-made presentations: What’s the Point of Classical Music? for the Swaledale Festival; Building Jerusalem at Parry’s family home, Highnam Court.
Some other notable highlights: his film on Elgar’s Enigma Variations on the LSO website, and two podcasts on Haydn’s String Quartets for Wigmore Hall, and A Beginner’s Guide to Classical Music for the Royal Philharmonic Society and the South Bank.
Similar events over the past few years have included his one-man-and-square-piano eighteenth-century cabaret Cocked Hat & Cat o’Nine Tails, presentations on the music of Agincourt for the Society of Antiquaries (he contributed a chapter to the official 600th anniversary book, published by Yale University Press), Through the Looking-Glass: a theory of performance for Gresham College, and a host of others.