June '24 recap

6th: Four days at the start of the month were in intensive rehearsals culminating on this day with the final concert of the year by Bristol University Symphony Orchestra. I played Brahms Symphony No.1 and Copland's Appalachian Spring as well as a new composition by a fellow student Liam O'Connell, the winner of the year's commission that I had organised and adjudicated.

8th: a sublime concert in Clifton Cathedral of Faure's Requiem, one of my favourite pieces, but expertly conducted by Jeremy Summerly as part of a festival of music at the cathedral. Brilliant to play alongside other ex-RWCMD musicians.

A beautiful week in Rome visiting all the sights/sites I had only ever heard about from books and TV. Not yet got any plans for a musical reimagining of the city, but I did have to work on a piece for the following entry…:

17th: workshop with SoundWorld Ensemble. I had a work trialled by them and I'm delighted by the result. I will be uploading it to my soundcloud soon.

20th: watched the first of three operas by Puccini at the Wales Millennium Centre, performed by ex-colleagues in Welsh National Opera. Always fun to wave at them from the audience! Sadly there were technical errors and I will be returning to see them again in September.

22nd: My ten-year school reunion at Wells. Firstly a delight to return to the school that gave me such a grounding in music. Secondly, what an amazing concert the students put on for us! Standout mention goes to both the harpist (whose interpretation of some fiendish music was spot on) and the final violinist (who simply can't play a wrong note)! Finally, good to meet more musicians who started their lives at Wells.

23rd: At the Welsh Music Guild annual luncheon to watch my wife pick up an award and commission, and to catch up with the more local classical music scene.

24th: Back to the Cardiff Video Game Orchestra. Always difficult through exam season when numbers of players drop, but there's always another level of detail or a little passage that can be elevated. I love conducting as it provides such a great insight into why the music on the page turns into the sound we hear.

Throughout: some engraving work including setting a large piece for massed choirs, brass ensemble, percussion, and organ. And a reduction of Verdi's Don Carlos.


For my month ‘off’, this was busy!