David Matthews-1st and 2nd Quartets

April 11, 2012

David Matthews-2nd Quartet Op 16(1974-1980) Sonata Scherzo Elegy R.S. in memoriam   (outtakes of recording session 29 1 14) Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Neil Heyde) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell David Matthews’s 2nd Quartet was written between 1974 and 1976. The composer revised it extensively, prior to the premiere, in 1980. This quartet […]

Journal Pages-Back in London, March 2012

March 10, 2012

Journal Pages-Back in London, March 2012 It is always interesting seeing what we notice, coming home. This time, returning from Tennessee it was the beauty on the Tube.

On the tube-March 2012

March 9, 2012

Chris Redgate in action, right now.

February 28, 2012

Chris Redgate, speaking about his innovatory work redesigning the oboe. Question 1: ‘Why change the instrument?’ Go to: LINK

Sadie Harrison -‘…an angel reads my open book…’ (Version II)

December 19, 2011

Sadie Harrison -‘…an angel reads my open book…’ (Version II) Five pieces for violin and piano First performance: Violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved and pianist Aaron Shorr, Marco Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico, 12th January 2005. NB: Lo-Fi Audio rip from film documentation-this was the first performance, and was not recorded except on camera-this is offered as a […]

Paganini’s dream of ravioli and chamber music….

October 20, 2011

On Wednesday 19th, at the Library of Congress I was handed this wonderful document from their collections-a rather alarming recipe for Ravioli! Food was very important to Paganini, and particularly Genovese cuisine. In his letters, from the time he left Italy for the first time in 1828, it is a theme that returns again and again. […]

A concert for Cable Street-remembering 1936

October 2, 2011

Rehearsing Michael Rose’s ‘Hopeful Monsters’. Backstage at Wiltons-Maggie Dziekonski, Mihailo Trandsfilovski, Morgan Goff, the composer, Jess Hayes, Rachel Meerloo Composer/violinist-Mihailo Trandafilovski, Violist-Morgan Goff, Oboist-Chris Redgate, Pianist-Aaron Shorr, Composer-Michael Alec Rose. Pre-concert at Wiltons Music Hall 1-10-11   Composer Paul Pellay responds to the programme…. As usual, it was a stimulating mix which has left me […]

Paganini and Posture

September 6, 2011

Paganini and Ketch Secor at the Hollywood Bowl I am fascinated by the legacy of Paganini’s posture, depicted again and again, with enormous consistency by Landseer, Maclise, Ingres, Delacroix, Edouart and many others, not to mention countless contemporary caricatures. In 2006 a George Grosz drawing A Paganini of the Gutter came up for sale at […]

Workshop in Pristina 2007

July 23, 2011

These pictures were taken during a series of workshops which Nigel Clarke and I gave in Pristina in 2007 . Typically, we like to work from a ‘no score basis’ beginning with listening exercises and  gradually moving towards notation and agreed structures. When working with musicians who have not played so much new music, it […]

Lecturing in Nashville. Blair School of Music 2005

July 23, 2011