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Recording of falling still with Harriet Mackenzie and the English Symphony Orchestra

Recording of falling still with Harriet Mackenzie and the English Symphony Orchestra

I’m just back from a recording session at Wyastone Hall in Monmouth, Wales, where violinist Harriet Mackenzie and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ken Woods, recorded my piece for violin and string orchestra, falling still. They sound fantastic! Other pieces on the CD include violin concertos by Paul Patterson, David Matthews, Deborah Pritchard, and Robert Fokkens. This is my first orchestral recording, and my first time being included on a CD of British composers, so I’m extra excited about this, and really looking forward to hearing the whole thing, when it is released on Nimbus Records in April!

UK premiere of green/blue

UK premiere of green/blue

On February 7 at 3:00, the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ken Woods, will be performing the UK premiere of green/blue at Shirehall in Hereford, England. The piece was commissioned by Ken in 2003 for the Oregon East Symphony, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to hear it again.

English String Orchestra performs “falling still” in London

English String Orchestra performs "falling still" in London

I’m just back from London, where the English String/Symphony Orchestra and violinist Harriet Mackenzie, with Ken Woods conducting, gave a beautiful performance of falling still. The concert also featured a fantastic premiere of Wall of Water by Deborah Pritchard, and pieces By Thea Musgrave and Kaija Saariaho. (A detailed review of the concert can be found here.)

I’ve known Ken since the early 1990’s, when we were both students at Scotia Festival of Music, and it was great to have the chance to work with him again. (Ken is a very multi-talented musician. When we were at Scotia Festival, we performed Ancient Voices of Children by George Crumb together: Ken played both the mandolin and the musical saw parts!)

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