Nathan’s new children’s opera, ‘MACHINE DREAMS’, a collaboration with children’s author and librettist Zanib Main, commissioned by the Mahogany Opera Group, will be performed in March 2018 in 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 here.
Nathan records a series of his own piano works in Aldeburgh early next year, to be used as film soundtracks at the Venice Biennale in 2019 – a collaboration with the Arts Club Aldeburgh Beach. These piano pieces came out of a collaboration with the artist Fran Crowe and her ‘Museum of Beyond’ during a creative residency in Aldeburgh.
New review of ‘Great American Sonatas’ on SOMM in the current 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.
Piano Circus will undertake a residency at Snape Maltings in February 2018, developing a major new commission and re-visiting older ‘classic’ PC repertoire ahead of the group’s 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2019.
Other recent reviews: Great American Sonatas – 5 stars from Peter Dickinson in Musical Opinion – an exceptional CD announcing a remarkable young British pianist… a landmark in recordings of American piano music – 4 stars from 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..?‘ and 4 stars from Fiona Maddocks in The Observer here. Jed Distler reviews 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.
The 450th Anniversary of Rugby School celebratory year has come to a close – Nathan composed a new overture for the occasion which was premiered at Rugby in June as part of their global event day. A full write-up can be found here.