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. This summer he’s given Elgar Unwrapped with Southampton’s new orchestra, Son; What’s the Point of Classical Music? for the Swaledale Festival; and Building Jerusalem at Parry’s family home, Highnam Court.
The autumn will see his film on Elgar’s Enigma Variations on the LSO website, and two podcasts on Haydn’s String Quartets for Wigmore Hall, as well as Tchaikovsky Unwrapped for Son.
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.