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 scale project has meant being ask back in 2023 for another unusual and colourful program.
We will be performing the complete 1910 Stravinsky Firebird ballet alongside two dramatic Polish pieces :
The Fantasy for flute by the Polish composer and conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and a rarely performed ballet suite by Karol Szymanowski - Mandragora , an entertaining comic suite based on Comedia del'arte characters.
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.
Rheinische Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany
July 2023 Tour
Mendelssohn : Hebrides Overture,
Mendelssohn : Italian Symphony
Mozart : C minor Piano Concerto.
To end our successful tour we were invited to be the opening concert in the prestigious Mosel Festival. The joy of this occasion is well summed up by the review in the Volksfreund newspaper:
After the intermission, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 „Italian“.
Goodwin’s impressive rendering brought both the vivid glow and the dark premonitions of the the symphony to life. His conducting resembled a choreography, during which his sign language and energy coalesced into a complete dynamic movement, leading the orchestra with a sure sense of the right proportions between the analytic structure characteristic of chamber music and a symphony’s fullness. The conductor obtained a finely honed sound and bowing, suppleness without sentimentality, brightness and radiance of colours, clarity of sound with a broad romantic arch. The public responded with enthusiasm and standing ovations".
(source: www.volksfreund.de, Eva-Maria Reuther, July 18, 2023)
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.