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KATHERINE JENKINS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, Katherine Jenkins mezzo-soprano and orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis but who has asked Howard Blake to conduct a new arrangement of his famous song 'Walking in the air' for the occasion., Royal Albert Hall and other major tour venues

18th December 2017

BATH PHILHARMONIA DOUBLE-BILL SELL-OUT - 'THE SNOWMAN' AND 'THE BEAR', Jason Thornton conducted brilliant performances with The Bath Philharmonia: 'The Snowman' and 'The Bear' both with film, singers and orchestra. A presenter introduced players and instruments to fill up an entire programme of Howard's music., The Forum Bath

22nd December 2017

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW AT MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, Milton Keynes Theatre

17th January 2018
- 20th January 2018

HOW DO YOU MAKE A SNOWMAN? - Howard Blake talks about composing 'The Snowman', Howard Blake OBE plays piano and talks about writing 'Walking in the air', composing the score of the animated film of 'The Snowman', how 'The Snowman Stage Show' came about etc. Questions invited, Brighton Theatre Royal,Jan 18th 6.30-7.30pm - charity event

18th January 2018

 

SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW AT THE THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON, Lyrics and music by Howard Blake, Choreography by Robert North, Director Bill Alexander, design Ruari Muchison, Theatre Royal, Brighton

24th January 2018
- 28th January 2018
The company from Sadlers Wells/Birmingham Rep/The Peacock will visit Brighton for the very first time as part of touring dates furnished by the nationwide Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG). I am very delighted about this since I grew up in Brighton and an on-stage interview about the origins and longevity of the show will be featured on Thursday 18th January.

'SONGS OF TRUTH & GLORY' AT KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON, Dr.Joseph Fort conducts the King's College Choir at the 5.30pm Evensong in the chapel

27th February 2018

LAND OF COUNTERPANE AT WINDSOR CASTLE, Orpheus Sinfonia and massed youth choirs of Taplow Choirs led by Gillian Dibden as part of the Windsor Spring Festival, St, George's Chapel, Windsor Castle 7.30pm

17th March 2018

JAZZ DANCES IN BRIGHTON, Madeleine Mitchell violin and Martin Butler piano, Chapel Royal, Brighton

3rd April 2018
3 April 1.10-1.55pm Recital Brighton Chapel Royal, 164 North Street, Brighton BN1 1EA Howard Blake Penillion & 2 Jazz Dances, Martin Butler Suzanne's River Song,  Ireland Violin Sonata no.2 with Martin Butler, piano - Composers of Sussex Tickets on the door £3


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PRETTY YENDE'S RISE TO FAME, Pretty Yende

23rd April 2018

The outstanding South African soprano Pretty Yende tells in The Times of April 10th 2018 'that the turning point of her life was seeing a TV advert for British Airways, aka Delibes's Flower Duet from Lakme, 'It's fair to say that it changed Yende's life.'

This ad was a recording which I arranged and conducted with two 'early' sopranos, Elaine Barry and Judith Pearce on March 31, 1984 at CTS Studios Wembley, London.

Lakme and British Airways. www.howardblake.com/biography/autobiography/british airways

In 1982 the film director Tony Scott invited me to be musical director for his feature film 'The Hunger', starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. He'd had the interesting idea of constructing most of the score from existing classical music, carefully chosen to fit each scene, which I was given the job of finding.

Tony wanted music for a scene played between Deneuve and Sarandon in a set like an Egyptian temple. The script suggested to me the soprano duet from Lakme called 'Viens O Mallika' and I found an old Fifties recording of it. Tony liked it but didn't like the ancient recording and the 'wobbly' sopranos (ie using heavy vibrato). I suggested using two 'early-music' sopranos, Elaine Barry and Judith Pearce (without vibrato) whom I conducted several days later with my orchestra The Sinfonia of London.  Tony loved it and two years later he rang me again:

'I've shot a commercial for British Airways with the shadow of a 747 ascending the Empire State Building. Do you think you could get that opera piece we did to fit it?' I arranged a special version of 'Viens, Mallika' from 'Lakme' and recorded it with Elaine Barry and Judith Pearce with my orchestra for a second time. British Airways loved it and decided to use it as their global signature-tune, something that still happens many years later and quite possibly makes this theme the most long-running piece of ad music in history. This would have been the recording which inspired Pretty Yende to sing. I am so proud to know of this wonderful result and wish Miss Yende all the greatest success and happiness.


PENNILLION ON ST. GEORGE'S DAY, Madeleine Mitchell violin and Martin Butler piano

23rd April 2018
23 April 1-1.50pm Recital of English  Music on St George's Day: Ireland Violin Sonata no.2, Howard Blake Penillion & 2 Jazz Dances, Martin Butler Suzanne's River Song, with Martin Butler, piano St Peter's, Kensington Park Road, London W11 2PN Free, with retiring collection http://www.nottinghillconcerts.co.uk/home/4592046749

'THE BEAR' IN CHINA FOR CHILDREN'S DAY, Orchestra: Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra 7.30pm, Shenzhen Concert Hall (Address: 2016 Fuzhong 1st Rd, FuTian CBD, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000) Shenzhen Concert Hall (Address: 2016 Fuzhong 1st Rd, FuTian CBD, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000) (manager: Song Ching Ling)

2nd June 2018




JULIAN TREVELYAN PERFORMS 'SNOWMAN RHAPSODY' IN THE GASTEIG, MUNICH, The prize-winning young English pianist Julian Trevelyan, supported by the British Council, will perform a recital programme of solo piano classics and give the European premiere of Howard's epic 'Snowman Rhapsody'., Gasteig Munich

7th July 2018
Beethoven sonata op.27 no. 1   (15 mins)
Beethoven sonata op.27 no. 2 Moonlight   (15 mins)
Chopin - Etudes op.25 nos. 1, 2 and 3   (6 mins)
Blake  Prelude for Vova  (3 mins)

- interval -

Schubert Adagio in E major D612    (5 mins)
Blake Snowman Rhapsody    (43 mins)

 

DRAMATIC ORATORIO 'BENEDICTUS' IN STOCKHOLM, Olov Risberg, St. Gorans Stockholm, Sweden

18th November 2018

'THE ANNUNCIATION' - ROBERT NORTH''S BALLET AT KREFELD & MONNCHEN GLADBACH OPERAS, Robert North Ballet Company, Monnchen Gladbach and Krefeld Opera Houses - details tba

4th May 2019

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