Sunday 20 September 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
presents a concert of his compositions for violin and piano
with Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Penillion Op 571 (1975/2005) (9')
Violin Sonata op.586 (1973 rev.2007) (24')
(I Allegro II Lento III Vivace)
The Ice Princess & The Snowman ( arr HB for MM 2019 )
Jazz Dances op.520a (1976/2008) (5')
Folk Ballad, Jazz Waltz, Galop
Walking in the Air ( arr HB for MM 2010)
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‘Howard Blake has achieved fame as pianist, conductor and composer.' He grew up in Brighton, at 18 winning a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music where he studied piano with Harold Craxton and composition with Howard Ferguson. In the early part of an intensely active career he wrote numerous film scores, including 'The Duellists' with Ridley Scott which gained the Special Jury Award at the Cannes Festival, 'A Month in the Country' which gained him the British Film Institute Anthony Asquith Award for musical excellence, and 'The Snowman', nominated for an Oscar after its first screening. His famous song ‘Walking in the Air' was the chart success that launched Aled Jones in 1985, whilst the concert version for narrator and orchestra is performed world-wide and the full-length ballet for Sadler's Wells runs for a season every year in London. Concert works include the Piano Concerto commissioned for Princess Diana, the Violin Concerto commissioned for the City of Leeds; the Clarinet Concerto commissioned by Thea King and the English Chamber Orchestra and large-scale choral/orchestral works such as 'Benedictus' and ‘The Passion of Mary' both recorded with the RPO. He is increasingly adding to his catalogue of CDs which includes Sir Neville Marriner conducting the woodwind concertos with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and 'Walking in the Air' - the piano music of Howard Blake - recorded by Vladimir Ashkenazy. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1988 and received the OBE for services to music from the Queen in 1994.
Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as 'one of the UK's liveliest musical forces' (and) ‘ foremost violinists'. Her performances as soloist and chamber musician in some 50 countries in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast including the BBC Proms, ABC, Bayerisher Rundfunk and Italian TV. She has given many recitals in major venues including Lincoln Center New York, Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre London, Vienna, Moscow, Singapore, Seoul Centre for the Arts and Sydney Opera House and performed as soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Czech Radio, St Petersburg Philharmonic and for the BBC, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in the concerto written for her by Guto Puw, included on her album Violin Muse of world premiere recordings by established UK composers. Mitchell's acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes works written for her by composers such as James MacMillan, the popular Violin Songs and an album with Howard Blake of his violin & piano music featured by Classic FM. Her recent Grace WiIliams Chamber Music album with her London Chamber Ensemble has been a great success and she is due to record her Violin Concerto with BBCNOW and to tour Japan in 2020 including Bruch Violin Concerto. A highly creative artist, Madeleine devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, and unique collaborations with choir, and solo violin with percussion - FiddleSticks and the eponymous album. www.madeleinemitchell.com
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