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My group Piano Circus have a residency at Snape Maltings from February 17th to 24th 2018, developing a major new work, ‘Voices at the End’, by New Zealand composer John Psathas, as well as working on Graham Fitkin’s Log Line Loud with the composer and on music by Steve Reich and David Lang with performance coach and director of Synergy Vocals Micaela Haslam, ahead of a planned recording celebrating the group’s 30th anniversary in 2019. We are THRILLED to be working on six beautiful Yamaha grand pianos for the duration of the week, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Yamaha and Marksons Pianos. The residency concludes with an Open Session showcasing the various different projects on Saturday 24th February at 6pm, lasting one hour:

My new children’s opera, ‘MACHINE DREAM’, 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 about this amazing project bringing ten new operas to huge numbers of children all across the UK here…

Next month I record some of my own piano music in Aldeburgh for use as soundtracks for short films to be shown 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 at the Arts Club back in 2013.

The American musical odyssey continues, with a short notice step in for a Gershwin Concerto with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra last week, and in April a performance of Bernstein’s Sonata, Touches, and a set of Anniversaries for the Park Lane Group’s Bernstein’s centenary concert at the Royal Overseas League, as well as a solo recital and a duo recital with Madeleine Mitchell at the Americana 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 QuarterlyThis 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 MagazineHe’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.

More soon…