RECENT & UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
La Coruña, Spain
I was excited to return to one of Spain’s top orchestras, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia with one of my Bach development programs. I mixed a suite of Bach sinfonias with the music of Stravinsky Dunbarton Oaks and John Corigliano’s Fancy on a Bach Air. We will then perform Bach inspired pieces by Anton Weber, Holst, Vaughan Williams and the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras no.2 with it’s crazy saxophone part! ( Check out the review in my “Recent Reviews” section).
I have been rehearsing and conducting Mozart’s opera, Cosi fan Tutti over a number of months, culminating in a series of performances at the new Royal Opera House in Copenhagen and then for a tour around Denmark. ( Reviews to be found in my review section).
In December I was in Moscow with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the young and talented Russian chamber choir, Intrada, for a program of William Boyce choral and orchestral music alongside Haydn’s Nelson Mass to celebrate the opening of a major Gainsborough art exhibition at the Pushin Museum.
One of my last engagements before Covid 19 struck the music world was a visit to the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami. This orchestra, formed and overseen by Michael Tilson Thomas, is the top US orchestra for post conservatoire students, performing in the inspiring Frank Gehry concert hall, with performances beamed live onto the outside of the building and the adjacent piazza. We were working on a varied program of baroque music from Italy, France, Germany and England, concentrating on finding the specific playing styles prevalent in each country. ( See my review section ).
My up and coming concert, as principal guest conductor, with Capella Aquileia in Heidenheim, has been postponed to 2021. It’s an orchestra after my own heart, as they specialise both on modern and period instruments. The program, ending with Schubert’s Tragic Symphony, no.4 in C minor, will also feature saxophone soloist Asia Fateyeva playing pieces by Mark-Anthony Turnage and the Schulhoff "Hot Sonate”.
I will be looking forward to returning to Leipzig, working with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Ballet in a revival of our Bach St. John Passion production. I have worked closely with the inspirational choreographer Mario Schroeder who has created a unique dance language that mirrors the music, even down to two dancers dancing out the words of the evangelist.
In February I will be returning once more to the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw with a program of Rameau Boreades Suite, CPE Bach cello concerto and Beethoven’s 4th Symphony.
I have been invited to conduct the Russian chamber choir Intrada and period instrument orchestra Pratum Integrum, in performances of Acis and Galatea by Handel. This will be in the beautiful newly opened Zaryadye Hall, near to the Kremlin in Moscow.
I am happy to have been invited again to perform in the University town of Bilkent, just outside Ankara in Turkey, with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and cellist Gary Hoffman in a program of Mozart and the Roccoco Variations of Tchaikovsky.
In California, sadly we have had to cancel the 2020 Carmel Bach Festival and transfer many of the nearly 50 programs to next year.
In July I will be looking forward to conducting Beethoven 5 with Mozart 40, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, the Bach B minor mass on period instruments and a celebratory English music concert of Purcell Dido and Aeneas, followed by Elgar Enigma Variations and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music . I am also extremely happy that we are able to revive the Festival Children’s Choir, start a new String Academy, and introduce our audience to the music of James MacMillan, his seven last words on the cross, and an Iberian Peninsula folk and baroque cross over concert with the violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitar player William Coulter.