2021 Concerts and workshops coming up
Hilary Norris will give the first performance of my organ composition And all shall be well - Twenty-one praises to Tara in a solo organ recital at Leominster Priory on Friday June 25th . This concert will begin at 12 noon. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of Leominster Priory which of course suffered a considerable loss of income through the pandemic.
There will be an HCW concert at Hellens on the evening of Thursday 5th August.
This concert will include the premiere of my latest solo piano composition Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird. It will also include new compositions for piano solo and piano duet by several other HCW composers.
Hay on Wye Castle Friday August 6th time tbc
The Oriole Quartet concert will include Messiaen's great Quartet for the End of Time and the premiere of two movements from my Nine Faces of the Soul for the same combination of instruments as the Messiaen.
The Edge Chamber Choir will perform a concert on Saturday October 23rd in Leominster Priory.
New works for choir and organ by HCW members will be performed in a varied programme.
There is still the possibility of the Birchpole Singers being allowed to sing at a Nine Lessons and Carols service at St Leonard's Church Yarpole on Sunday December 20th. This indeed did happen and the service was much enjoyed by all those present.
CONCERTS AND WORKSHOPS RECENTLY GIVEN
Sunday March 7th Hay on Wye Primary School time tbc
COMA VOICES workshop
Sunday March 8th St Mary's Church, Hay on Wye time tbc
COMA workshop and performance with the new Wye Valley COMA ensemble
Saturday February 22nd Hay Primary School 2 - 4.30
Third open session of Wye Valley COMA ensemble.
Saturday February 8th All Saints Church, Hereford 2 - 4.30
Forty five year celebration of the Britten Singers directed by Pamela White. I played continuo for Purcell : Come ye sons of Art. The concert also included a performance of my composition Ode to Joy which was commissioned by the Britten Singers in 2011.
Saturday February 22nd Hay Primary School 2 - 4.30
Third open session of Wye Valley COMA ensemble.
Saturday January 25th Hay Primary School 2 - 4.30
Second open session of Wye Valley COMA ensemble.
Saturday December 14th Hay Primary School 2 - 4.30
First open workshop session of the new Wye Valley COMA (Contemporary Music for All) ensemble which I will be directing.
If this goes well the ensemble will meet on a regular basis and there are plans for a performance in Hay in early March. Watch this space.
if there is anyone else interested in coming along to the workshop please get in touch as soon as possible.
Sunday December 15th St Leonard's Church Yarpole 1600
Birchpole Singers performing in service of Nine Lessons and Carols followed by refreshments with a couple of extra numbers from the choir.
Friday October 18th 2019 - St Leonard's Church Yarpole 1930
Birchpole Singers concert directed by Andrew Morris with Hilary Norris (organ)
Faure Requiem, Tippett Five Spirituals from Child of our time, and Britten Jubilate Deo. Also a performance by Andrew of Bach's second Partita for solo keyboard.
Admission on the door £5.
UPDATE - This concert went really well. See the Birchpole FB page for short videos. Hilary did a great job with the Yarpole organ
Sunday September 29th 2019 St Leonard's Church, Yarpole 1500
HCW concert of new music for oboe bassoon and piano by Herefordshire composers
given by Ruth Watson (oboe) Olly Galletta (bassoon) and Andrew Morris (piano)
This concert will include the first performance of my Mandala I and II compositions.
Tickets on the door £12. Half price for under 26s.
UPDATE - a really successful concert with several new pieces acclaimed and much enjoyed
Sunday July 28th 2019 Elmslie House Venue and Gallery Great Malvern 1500
Solo piano recital "In C minor" to include works by Mozart Beethoven and Bach.
UPDATE - a very successful and well attended concert
Tickets at the door £10.
Friday July 19th 2019 Hay Primary School 1900
HCW concert of harp music to include new compositions by HCW members
given by Alexandra Guiraud from France.
This concert will include the first performance of my triptych of pieces 'Arthur's Stone', written following a visit to the neolithic site near Dorstone, Herefordshire.
Tickets in advance from hay School. Or £12 on the door.
UPDATE - A very high quality concert indeed. Alexandra was magnificent.
Saturday July 13th 2019 Hay Primary School 1930
COMA London Ensemble concert conducted by Gregory Rose
Working as Associate Conductor I am going to be working with a group of children from Hay Primary School who will be joining in parts of some of the
compositions including one by Gregory Rose himself and also creating a short new composition of their own.
Free Tickets in advance from Hay Primary School. Donations.
UPDATE - This concert was very wella ttended and the childrens" contribution was valued very highly by COMA director Chris Shurety and conductor Gregory Rose
Sunday July 7th 2019 Elmslie House Venue and Gallery Great Malvern 1500
Concert with Tim Cranmore (baritone) to include song cycles by Vaughan WIlliams and Gerald Finzi. Also piano pieces by Edward Elgar and Frank Bridge.
UPDATE - This concert also included three pieces by Howard Skempton as a late addition to the programme. The idea of putting them in between songs 2 and 3, 4 and 5, and 6 and 7 of the Songs of Travel actually worked extremely well. The three pieces were Saltaire Melody, Even Tenor and The Durham Strike. The concert was much appreciated by a small but highly attentive audience.
Friday June 21st 2019 Birchpole Singers' Summer Concert at St George's Church Orleton Herefordshire 7.30pm
This concert will be accompanied by Hilary Norris (organ and piano) and will include works by Britten, Faure, Mozart and Byrd as well as a number of folk song arrangements and popular numbers.
UPDATE - This concert went very well and was enjoyed by an audience of around fifty people on the longest day of the year. Many thanks to James Forrester for organising the concert for the Birchpole Singers and to Alf Jenkins and the team at Yarpole for their warm welcome and refreshments.
Thursday June 20th 2019 Lucton School 1730
The revised programme for this 50 minute recital which will be open to the general public will be :
Bach : Sinfonia from Partita No. 2
Mozart : Fantasy in C minor
Beethoven : Pathetique Sonata, first movement
Rachmaninoff : Two preludes from Op 23 - No 3 in D minor; No 7 in C minor
Shostakovich : From Preludes Op 34 : Nos 2, 12, 15, 16, 24
Joplin : Bethena - a concert waltz
Glass : Etude No. 6
Admission is free with donations for school funds.
UPDATE - the concert went down very well with a mixed age audience. Many thanks to all the members of the Birchpole Singers who attended. And thanks to all the children who came too! And thanks to the Director of Music, James Wall, for organising the concert and for presenting me with a Lucton bear at the end of the concert!
June 11th 2019 Lion Ballroom Leominster 1300
Accompanying Dilys Howard and Gwyneth Lloyd in a song recital .
This will include duets by Purcell, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Sullivan and various folk settings from around the world.
The concert will be given in aid of the organ fund for Leominster's Moravian church.
UPDATE - PLEASED TO SAY THIS CONCERT WENT VERY WELL!!
May 18th 2019 All Saints Church Herefoird 1930
Accompanying Le Voce and the Athene Singers directed by Jo WIlliamson. Programme to include a wide range of popular and show songs.
December 16th 2018 at St Leonard's Church, Yarpole 1600
Nine Lessons and Carols service with the Birchpole SIngers
to be followed by a party celebration in the church
December 7th 2018 at Stanton Lacy Church, near LUDLOW 1930
Advent concert with the Birchpole SIngers
To include performance of Louise Drewett's new Christingle commission, Light a candle
The concert will also include some organ solos played by Hilary Norris who will also accompany the choir
December 1st 2018 at Leominster Priory Last Train to Tomorrow by Carl Davis
Under the auspices of Celebrating Creation Festival Association.
I will be playing the piano for this performance on the 80th anniversary of the departure of the first Kindertansport train from Berlin to London.
Tickets are available from Eventbrite or from Leominster Tourist Office. £12/adults £6 children/students
November 24th 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford
Concert with the Hereford String Orchestra
I shall be playing the piano part in Copland's Appalachian Spring. Wonderful work. THe last time I played in this was in a chamber version of the piece with the BISYOC youth orchestra a few years ago. Looking forward to playing in the full version.
The concert on October 13th was a great success. Works by ten different Herefordshire composers were performed by the Edge Chamber CHoir under the calm and skilled direction of Ros Crouch and the organ was superbly played by Hiolary Norris. I hope to post some recordings from the concert before too long. I was specially pleased to hear my Gerard Manley Hopkins setting, God's Grandeur for the first time. The Edge Chamber CHoir were the first choir brave enough to offer to perform it! So after eleven years it was wonderful to hear it brought to life. I was also pleased to hear my Traherne setting A life of sabbaths here beneath again.
October 13th 2018 At Leominster Priory 7.30pm
Concert given by the Edge Chamber Choir from Ludlow under the auspices of Herefordshire Composers' Workshop
Musical director : Ros Crouch Organ : Hilary Norris
This concert will include compositions by ten Herefordshire composers. Two of my own choral pieces will be included :
God's Grandeur (2007) a setting of words by Gerard Manley Hopkins
A life of sabbaths here beneath (2010), a setting of words by Thomas Traherne
Tickets will be available at the door, priced £10 (£5 for students)
The concert went very well with a good turn out of people. The concert featured works by nine Herefordshire composers, all of whom were present to introduce their compositions.
September 7th 2018 Piano trio concert at the Lion Ballroom given by Tony Urbainczyk (violin), Joris Boon (cello) and Anne de Dadelsen (piano)
under the auspices of Herefordshire Composers' Workshop
This concert included a performance of Perichoresis in a version for cello and piano.
The concert on 25th May went very well. There was an audience of over seventy people. They were a very attentive audience and gave me a really enthusiastic reception at the end. It would be great to have the opportunity to perform the recital again somewhere so do let me know if anyone has any ideas of somewhere it might go down well
May 25th 2018 At the Lion Ballroom in Leominster, this solo piano recital of works by Bach and Shostakovich will include all the Shostakovich Preludes from Op 34..
The idea of a set of pieces in all 24 major and minor keys was realised for the first time in the early 1720s with the first book of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. Many later composers, including most famously Chopin and Shostakovich, have followed suit.
This concert will present a series of pieces by Shostakovich and Bach in the order of the circle of keys beginning with C major and ending with D minor. All 24 of the Shostakovich Preludes Op 34 will be performed, interspersed with pieces by Bach in the relevant keys. The whole programme will be flanked by the opening and closing Preludes and Fugues from Shostakovich’s Op. 87.
There is something very satisfying about hearing pieces in all twenty-four keys. Something to do with being truly inclusive and egalitarian maybe. But also something to do with the physical properties of sound vibration and the link between the octave and the circle of perfect fifths.
And if this makes it sound too academic, then the deeper intention of this programme is to share my joy in the extraordinarily creative imagination and emotional range of these two composers.
Tickets will soon be available at £12 (£6 students) from Leominster TIC, 11 Corn Square, Leominster HR6 8YP
Tel: 01568 616460 email: email@example.com
December 15th 2017 Christmas concert by the Birchpole Singers at St Leonard's Church, Yarpole.
November 3rd 2017 Performance of my choral composition Ode to Joy, a setting of a poem by Gillian Clarke. This concert was given by the Britten Singers under their director Pamela White who commissioned Ode to Joy back in 2011. The solo soprano line was sung by Jenni Axtell.
October 5th 2017 Performance following on from AGM of Herefordshire COmposers' Workshop in Eardisley Church. I performed three of my Musical Remedies on piano - Impatiens, Chicory and Vervain.
September 24th 2017 Musical Remedies concert for Laura and Bach Flower Therapists' group from Latvia. I performed all of the Twelve Healers compositions from the Musical Remedies, introducing them with some things I have written about the Bach Flower Remedies (and which can be found in a more extended format on this website)
August 9th 2017 BISYOC Workshop concert which included a performance of a new composition created with a group of young people from the BISYOC course. The piece featured a full set of string instruments plus harp, piano, percussion, oboe and horn. It was very well received by the audience
August 4th 2017 Ludlow Assembly Rooms 1pm Lunchtime concert BISYOC TUTORS' CONCERT
This concert included the first performance of my composition for bassoon and piano, Perichoresis. I also performed in works by Weber and Daniel Leo Simpson
June 30th 2017 Birchpole Singers concert at Richard's Castle Church with Oran Johnson (trombone and piano)
This concert included a performance of my composition Apple Tree Hymn. The Birchpole SIngers also performed The Legend of the Unicorns by Frances Phillips, another HCW composer.
After the concert someone wrote :
'It was a super programme of music which suited the audience and sounded good in the building. We felt the evening was a great success.'
May 19th 2017 Concert with Nathalie Chalkley (soprano) at Yarpole Church, North Herefordshire
This included the first performance of my song The darkness of night and also a performance of my choral piece Ode to Joy with Nathalie Chalkley singing the solo soprano part alongs with the Birchpole SIngers.
April 28th 2017 Concert with the Offa String Quartet at the Lion Ballroom, Leominster (organised by HCW)
This concert included the first performance of my Elegy for Piano Quintet
December 16th 2016 Birchpole SIngers' concert at Yarpole with Archie Auger (bassoon)
December 9th 2016 Birchpole Singers’ concert at Brimfield with Archie Auger (bassoon)
These two concerts included performances of bassoon and piano pieces by Weber and Grovlez. They also included newly composed carols by three members of the Herefordshire Composers' Workshop.
November 13th 2016 Solo Bach to Bach recital in aid of Refugee work - Leominster Priory 3pm
October 8th 2016 Herefordshire Composers’ Workshop concert of string quartets given by The Eilan Quartet Dorstone Church 7pm.
This concert included the first performance of my string quartet 'For the 48 per cent' based on material from the 2016 BISYOC composition project.
September 20th 2016 AGM of Herefordshire Composers’ Workshop informal performance at Yarpole Church 8-9pm. This concert included a performance of the Spring movement from my Seasons of Zen Spirit. This was given by Gary Higginson (tenor), Archie Auger (flute) and Andrew Morris (piano)