April '24 recap

April was a whirlwind of a month and as such I will only mention a few highlights!

Friday 12th: I watched the LSO for the first time in my life as they toured to Bristol's new concert hall, the Bristol Beacon. They produced a spellbinding sound and the acoustic was excellent. I enjoyed Ravel's massive Daphnis and Chloe score, but I do wish I could see the original ballet. I also liked Wynton Marsalis' new Trumpet Concerto and thought Alison Balsom put everything into the piece. What a comprehensive tour-de-force of the instrument!

Tuesday 16th: I had the great pleasure of meeting Richard Adams in person along with Graham Parlett's older brother David. Richard and Graham were and are absolutely vital to the work I do on Bax's music (see the Editions tab!) and it was great to learn more about them.

Monday 22nd: today was the first rehearsal of the new Cardiff Video Game Orchestra, who I will be conducting for the foreseeable future. It is a challenge rehearsing big pieces with such a small and varied group, but the enthusiasm and talent of the players is really enriching. I hope the organiser can bring the group to new heights as we prepare for a concert in August.

weekend, 27th and 28th: Much of my performing and composition work this month led up to these two days at the Bristol New Music Festival. I performed in two separate groups - one a part-comedic, part-deadly-serious ‘Middle Aisle Ensemble’ which poked fun at the austerity that has crept into the music industry as of late - and the other an experiment in fusion of Western and Eastern instruments. I had meant to have a composition in both concerts but sadly only the first materialised. 

Wednesday 1st May: in a sign of how long April was, for me it ended in May with the Postgraduate Composers' Concert at the university. We performed eight thrilling pieces and ended with one of mine - exploring the cult that meets underneath Park Street.