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. On June 4th it’s Elgar Unwrapped with Southampton’s new orchestra, Son. On June 9th, it’s What’s the Point of Classical Music? for the Swaledale Festival. On June 22nd, it’s Building Jerusalem at Parry’s family home, Highnam Court.
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.