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Black Blog 2

The Aldeburgh Festival 2023 begins tonight (with a performance of the new opera, Giant, by Sarah Angliss) so the premiere of Quartet Black by the Heath Quartet is now only just over two weeks away… The colour of the piece: I’ve received a number of questions about the title-word ‘black’ – mainly whether it accounts […]

Quartet Black

‘Quartet Black’, will be premiered by the Heath Quartet at the Aldeburgh Festival on Sunday June 25th 2023, at 11:30am. ‘Quartet Black’ is the colour of the piece. We relate to colours personally and refer to them playfully, often giving them evocative names and connecting them in our minds to objects, scenes, or contexts. But […]

New commission for Aldeburgh Festival 2023

Nathan’s new String Quartet, a commission from Britten Pears Arts, will be premiered by the Heath Quartet at the Aldeburgh Festival 2023, on Sunday 25th June. Nathan introduced the work in conversation with Roger Wright, chief executive of Britten Pears Arts, at the launch of the Festival programme in December. He describes the piece as ‘a deeply personal work, juxtaposing consonance and dissonance, […]

Christopher Brown’s 24 Preludes and Fugues

In November I spent three days at Wyastone Concert Hall recording the second part of Christopher Brown‘s 24 Preludes and Fugues for Lyrita Recorded Edition. The work is a two and half hour magnum opus for solo piano, containing a huge range of styles, moods, colours and musical references – not to mention every fugal […]

Thomas Pitfield’s First Piano Concerto

Research, arranging, editing – not to mention musical preparations and rehearsals – of Thomas Pitfield’s First Piano Concerto came to a conclusion a few weeks ago with the performance of this largely unknown work in Aldeburgh with the Prometheus Orchestra and conductor Matthew Andrews. Thomas Pitfield was born in Bolton in 1903 and died in 1999. Alongside his composing […]

The Big Sing at Britten Pears Arts

THE BIG SING at Britten Pears Arts is one of the highlights of my whole year – this year conducted by Nicholas Chalmers and Ula Weber. Several hundred children filled Snape Maltings Concert Hall and a couple/three thousand more were watching online. On this most hallowed of stages, rather than performing to a hushed packed hall, having a very loud packed hall […]

United in Music

When considering the recent political troubles and instability in Britain, it is reassuring and sobering to remember how only a very short time ago the nation was broadly united in marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Events surrounding her funeral and the period of mourning projected British culture and society across the globe. Alongside the […]

Two Southwold Spring concerts!

I’m delighted to be involved in two concerts this spring, staged by the Southwold Music Trust in the magnificent St. Edmund’s Church in my hometown of Southwold. On Tuesday 22nd March at 1pm I will join the distinguished baritone Robert Gildon, who lives in nearby Walpole, and will give a recital of Schubert, Gurney and Finzi’s classic ‘Let Us […]

The long-awaited ‘Emperor’ Concerto

After a long hiatus, the Prometheus Orchestra and I will perform the final concert in our Beethoven 250th Anniversary series on Sunday 20th February, featuring the Fifth Piano Concerto, the ‘Emperor’. In pre-pandemic 2020 we performed the first four Beethoven Piano Concertos over one weekend, with this final concert scheduled at Snape Maltings in October […]