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2024 Season highlights

National Orchestra of Poland 

I have been invited back to the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra for the third time, after the success of concerts of Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Ravel, Elgar and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

This time I have curated a program of the elements, with Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, coupled with the evocative "Cloud Burst" of American composer Eric Whitacre.

The Philharmonic Chorus then joins the orchestra in Mendelssohn's epic choral symphony, "Lobgesang". 

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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 asked back 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. 

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. 
I will also be back in early 2025 to conduct more baroque and classical music. 

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South America 
 
National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
In May I am very excited to have been invited to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico for the first time. 

The program will include the Rameau Suite from Les Boreades, Ravel Tombeau de Couperin and Beethoven's 4th symphony. 

Bogota Philharmonic 
Having never travelled to Colombia, I was happy to accept an invitation to conduct their Philharmonic Orchestra in an English themed program, from Purcell to Vaughan Williams. 

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Rheinische Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany
 
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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)
 

George Enescu Festival,

Enescu Philharmonic.

I am excited to have been invited to conduct Enescu's greatest and most spiritual choral work, "Vox Maris", in the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Rumania. 

 

Graz, Styriate Festival.

recreation - DAS ORCHESTER
I am very happy to have been re-invited to this prestigious Austrian festival, following in the footsteps of my most influential teacher, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, who directed the festival for many years.

The varied program will include Ravel, Rodrigo and the rarely performed and underrated D major symphony of Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga.  

Here is an Austrian TV interview (ORF) about the concert :


 

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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, Italian and German baroque music and a program that covers the 1690's, 1720's and 1760's, giving the students the widest baroque educational experience. 

The concerts are live streamed on the School YouTube channel and will be broadcast on National Radio.

In May I will be curating and tutoring the students in a chamber concert of Bach, Fasch, Zelenka, Rameau and Wagenseil.

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, Alcina.

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

When I go to Mexico City to conduct their National Orchestra I will be holding masterclasses at the National Conservatoire. 

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