May 6, 2019

The launch of my album Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs on Orchid Classics last June was the culmination of a four-year project which fell into two parts. In the first part I put together and recorded a collection of sixteen timelessly gorgeous love songs for solo piano from the romantic era, many of which have resurfaced in recent film scores or pop songs (Sixteen Love Songs ORC100056). In the second part, I invited present day comp...

July 15, 2017

It is exactly thirty years since I gave my first solo recital at the Cheltenham Festival.  I have performed many times since then in the Pitville Pump Room, but last Sunday night I had my first experience of giving a concert in the Pillar Room at the Town Hall. It provided a suitably informal setting for an evening of piano love songs, but the hot and steamy atmosphere in the room was maybe something the audience could have done wit...

May 1, 2017

It was wonderful to see such a large audience attending a whole evening of new music at Hoxton Hall last Wednesday; the event was everything I had hoped it would be. A lively crowd, an attractive and informal venue, interesting introductions by composers from the competition judging panel and, most of all, a fascinating selection of diverse but intimate pieces all helped to create a special atmosphere.

The concert was the culmination...

April 21, 2017

It’s all coming together! Just five days to go now before I present the latest of my collection of new piano love songs at Hoxton Hall.

I am playing the new pieces, one by one, to their composers, which is, as you would expect, incredibly helpful. I had half an hour yesterday on Skype with Richard Reed Parry in Canada and another session this morning with Chia-Ying Lin, the over-25 competition winner, in Italy, with more calls booked...

April 3, 2017

Composers from 61 different countries sent in entries to my Love Song Composing Competition. The largest number of entries came from the USA (118), followed by the UK (93). Single entries came from countries as far apart as Chile, Finland, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Nigeria, Syria and Taiwan. For a full list of countries, click here. Come and hear the winning pieces at Hoxton Hall on 26 April! 

March 26, 2017

You can now read about the six winning pieces of my Love Song Competition and their composers on the Competition page of this website. Having finished a run of Schubert Ensemble concerts a week ago I have now been able to start working on all these pieces in earnest, together with the five commissioned Love Songs that I will premiere at Hoxton Hall on 26 April (well, four of them....one hasn't arrived yet!). I have al...

February 14, 2017

Congratulations to winners and runners up of my Love Song Composing Competition! (Full results are on the Competition page). And many thanks to the hundreds of composers from all around the world who took part in the competition. It has taken a long time to sift through all of the 526 entries, but it has been fascinating to see the different ways in which composers have responded to the challenge of writing what the terms of the com...

February 12, 2017

Welcome to my new website, dedicated to my Love Songs Project. It is being launched at an exciting moment, when the results of my Love Song Composing Competition are about to be announced. The names of the winning piece and two runners up in both the Over-25 and Under-25 categories will be posted on my Facebook page, on my own website, and on this one on Tueday. With over 500 entries, the judging process has taken several months. My...

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Events coming soon

Monday 27th May 

7.30pm

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye (Hay Festival)

Four Contemporary Love Songs (Howard Skempton, Judith Weir, Nico Muhly, Pavel Zemek Novák), Three Liszt Love Song Arrangements (Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann), works by Mendelssohn and Chopin, and Howard Skempton 24 Preludes and Fugues (world premiere)

 

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