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2023 Season highlights

National Orchestra of Poland 

I have been invited back to the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra after the success of my last Beethoven concerts.

This time I have curated a highly varied program with baroque to contemporary music :

Purcell suite from King Arthur, Elgar Serenade, Mark Anthony Turnage's jazz influenced Scherzoid, the Richard Strauss take on Couperin's instrumental music in his Couperin Suite mixed in with real Couperin and Ravel's whirling La Valse to end!

The Krakow Philharmonic, Poland 

Last year I performed the first performance in Poland of Elgar's final oratorio, The Kingdom.

The success of this large project has meant being ask back in 2023 for another of my themed programs. This time on the theme of "Fire" and also 20th century Polish composers:

We go from Nielsen's Helios Overture ( depicting the sun rise with 4 glorious horns), via Haydn's explosive "Feuer" Symphony to the complete ballet of Stravinsky's Firebird. 

Along the way we also perform a flute concerto by the Polish composer and conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and a rarely performed ballet suite by Karol Szymanowski

Israel Camerata

The virtuosic and passionate Israel Camerata are a regular fixture in my calendar and this year I am happy to be conducting a program of a CPE Bach sinfonia, Haydn's " Drum Roll" symphony 103 and Mozart's C minor piano concerto, alongside the inspiring American pianist and scholar, Robert Levin. 

Murcia Symphony Orchestra - Spain 

I have been invited to conduct a unique project in Murcia, Spain, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the canonisation of Saint Teresa of Jesus in the famous church of El Salvador in Caravaca.

This will be a complete performance of the Handel Carmelite Vespers of 1708 along with appropriate Gregorian chant.  

Educational projects 

I am continuing to direct and conduct the performance practice course in the Escuela de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. 

We have concerts of English, French and German music, giving the students the widest baroque educational experience. - Purcell, Couperin and Telemann.

One of the concerts has been live streamed on the School web channel and will be broadcast on National Radio.

In August I will be conducting and teaching on a summer school in Mainz, Germany, along with soprano Elisabeth Scholl.  We will be studying and performing the Handel opera, Radamisto.

I will also be conducting and teaching a course with the National Youth Orchestra of Israel. This will take the students through the music of Purcell, Rameau, Haydn and Edgar's Enigma Variations. 

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