Concerts this autumn:
- Friday 5th October, 7:30pm – William Alwyn Festival, Blythburgh Church. With Sara Trickey, Sarah-Jane Bradley, and Charles Watt: Alwyn Rhapsody, Nathan Williamson Cello Sonata (premiere), David Matthews Viola Sonatina (premiere), Schumann Piano Quartet.
- Thursday 10th October, 1pm – Americana ’18 Festival, St. John’s Smith Square. Solo recital of American music: Copland Variations, Bernstein Sonata, Barber Nocturne, Stefan Wolpe Passacaglia.
- Thursday 10th October, 10pm – Americana ’18 Festival, St. John’s Smith Square. Recital of American violin and piano music with Madeleine Mitchell.
- Saturday 13th October, 7:30pm – Brahms Concerto no.2 in B flat with the Mid-Sussex Sinfonia, Peter Fender, conductor. Burgess Hill School.
My new children’s opera, ‘MACHINE DREAM’, a collaboration with children’s author and librettist Zanib Main, commissioned by the Mahogany Opera Group, has had six performances since March, in Cumbria, Hull, Leicester, East London, Essex, and Slough. Snappy Operas is a nationwide project with children aged 7-11 performing a series of five newly commissioned ten-minute operas. Read more about this amazing project bringing ten new operas to huge numbers of children all across the UK here…
My second CD for SOMM Recordings – of 20th century British repertoire: Elisabeth Lutyens, Peter Dickinson, William Alwyn, Frederick Delius, and Anthony Herschel Hill – is now ‘in the can’, to be released in early 2019.
I am delighted to have been appointed co-director of the William Alwyn Festival 2018, which takes place in Blythburgh and Southwold from 3rd to 6th October. There are seven chamber concerts staged in Blythburgh church, as well as an art exhibition and film screenings. I am curating a concert on Friday 5th October, collaborating with three wonderful artists: Sara Tricky, Sarah-Jane Bradley and Charles Watt, in performances of Schumann, Alwyn, and premieres by myself and David Matthews.
The American musical odyssey continues this year, with a short notice step in for a Gershwin Concerto with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra in January, and in April a performance of Bernstein’s Sonata and Touches for the Park Lane Group’s Bernstein’s centenary concert at the Royal Overseas League, as well as recitals for the Americana ’18 Festival at St John’s Smith Square in October.
The ‘Great American Sonatas’ recording on SOMM continues to attract attention – Nov/Dec issue of International Piano Quarterly: This superb recital shines like a beacon, illuminating the differing styles of Copland, Bernstein, Lou Harrison and Ives… Finely recorded, few more impressive discs of American piano music exist. Peter Dickinson in Musical Opinion – a landmark in recordings of American piano music – and Geoff Brown in BBC Music Magazine – He’s at his most memorable of all in the quiet reminiscences textured into ‘The Celestial Railroad’… Maybe there will be a volume two..?‘ Ates Orga in Classical Source writes: Williamson understands the mould-breaking environment of this repertory, and offers committed insight… and Jed Distler reviews here in The Gramophone: A release of distinction. The CD includes works by Bernstein, Copland, Harrison and Ives, and was made with the generous support from the Gemma Classical Music Trust.