'THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE' AND 'THE SNOWMAN' - ALDEBURGH DOUBLE BILL, The girls of The National Children's Choir and the Suffolk Ensemble, directed by Ben Parry, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, performances at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
The first two public live performance of Howard's new animated film 'The Land of Counterpane' (2016), projected on screen with live children's choir and orchestra took place on Sunday 18th December at 2pm and 4 pm to capacity audiences in the Snape Maltings concert hall in a Howard Blake double-bill along with the original film of 'The Snowman' film (1982). Great performances by the National Youth Children's Girls Choir and The Suffolk Ensemble Orchestra led by Cleo Gould and conducted by Ben Parry. The concert was the brain-child of Proms director Roger Wright moved to Suffolk to preside over the music of Aldeburgh.
THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - an animated song-cycle (26-minute film) (DVD) Recorded:
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mary Erskine Choir, David Rintoul (narrator), Mark Reeve (graphic artist), Emmett Elvin (animator), Howard Blake (director) Categories:
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HOWARD BLAKE ENTERPRISES
'THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE' An animated song-cycle for children's choir, narrator and orchestra The poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson was a sickly child confined to his bed, the covering of which was a vivid patchwork quilt known as a 'counterpane'. The pictures on it led him to flights of imagination, which he later recalled in his collection of poems "A Child's Garden of Verses". Twelve of these poems are set to music by Howard Blake and his spellbinding animated film has already excited rapt audiences in Edinburgh, the Daily Mail stating that it is 'the film that's poised to be the new Snowman'. It has been scheduled for a world premiere in Aldeburgh on December 18th 2016 in a fabulous double-bill with 'The Snowman' after which date it will be available for your own choir and orchestra to perform. (Film, score and parts available, contact: email@example.com)
'DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA' IN PORTO, PORTUGAL - BENEDICT KLOECKNER & MICHAEL SANDERLING, Solo Cello Benedict Kloeckner, Conductor Michael Sanderling, Orquestra Sinfonica Porto Portugal, Porto, Portugal
Two performances of 'Diversions' in the version for cello and full orchestra.
HOWARD BLAKE & NORMA HERRMANN JOIN IN 'RUNNING WITH THE KIDS' - A 50' FILM ABOUT BERNARD HERRMANN, NORMA HERRMANN TALKS ABOUT HER HUSBAND BERNARD HERRMANN WITH FRIEND AND COMPOSER HOWARD BLAKE, SPITFIRE VIDEO (YOU TUBE)
A 50-MINUTE INTERVIEW RECORDED AT ST.LUKE'S CRIPPLEGATE IN THE BARBICAN
A CELEBRATION OF HOWARD BLAKE - CONDUCTING THE RPO AND SOLOISTS IN A PROGRAMME OF HIS OWN MUSIC, Howard Blake, composer/pianist/conductor with Benedict Kloeckner (cello), Nicolas D'Autricourt (violin) and Sophie Witte (soprano), The Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London, September 7th. 2017, 7.30pm
HOWARD BLAKE CONDUCTS AN EVENING OF HIS MUSIC
with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists
at The Cadogan Hall
September 7th 2017 at 7.30pm
SLEEPWALKING opus 505 for soprano vocalise and full string orchestra
Solo soprano: Sophie Witte.
Tranquillo - Allegretto - Maestoso- Vivace – Adagio – Allegro Furioso – Tranquillo
CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA opus 412
Solo piano: Sasha Grynyuk
Tranquillo, Allegro con brio - Andante espressivo - Vivace
DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA, opus 337
Solo cello; Benedict Kloeckner 23 minutes
Prelude; Scherzo; March; Waltz; Aria; Serenade; Sarabande & Cadenza; Finale
ELEGIA STRAVAGANTE (DUO CONCERTANTE), for violin, cello and orchestra premiere performance 16 minutes
Solo Violin: Nicolas Dautricourt , Solo Cello: Benedict Kloeckner
Orchestration: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 1 percussion (cymbals and tam-tam) and strings
Andante (rapsodico) - Scherzo malizioso - Tragico - Grave, molto espressivo –Allegro furioso - Giojoso, estatico - Andante, come prima
possible postlude: 'WALKING IN THE AIR'
HARP CONCERTINO IN THE RHEINLAND, Conductor Tobias van de Locht, Dec 2nd Witten University Hall. Popular University Orchestra
Dec 17th City Church, Cologne. Rainbow Symphony Orchestra
December 2nd and 3rd, 2017
Witten University Hall
Popular University Orchestra conducted by Tobias van de Locht
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: "Christus" (Oratorio fragment)
HOWARD BLAKE: "The Music Box" (Concertino for Harp and Strings)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No.5 "Reformation"
MALCOLM ARNOLD: "Commonwealth Christmas Overture"
TOBIAS VAN DE LOCHT: Symphony No.1 "Christmas Symphony"
December 17th, 2017
City Church, Cologne
Rainbow Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tobias van de Locht
LEROY ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride
PETER TSCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker
MALCOLM ARNOLD: Whistle Down the Wind
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Fidelio Overture
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Greensleeves
HOWARD BLAKE: The Music Box
arr. STEVE NOBLES: O du fröhliche (zum Mitsingen)
RICHARD ADDINSELL: Scrooge (Suite)
SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW TOUR 2017/18 - Manchester, Glasgow, London, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Based on the Raymond Briggs book and the Channel 4 TV animated film.
Howard Blake, script, lyrics, music;
Robert North choreography;
Bill Alexander direction
Snowman Dance Company, Manchester Opera House 6 Nov
Glasgow Theatre Royal 13 November
Peacock/Sadlers Wells 27 November-December 25th
Southampton Mayflower 8th January 2018
Milton Keynes 15th January 2018
Brighton Theatre Royal 22nd January 2018
THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON, Lyrics and music by Howard Blake, Choreography by Robert North, Director Bill Alexander, design Ruari Muchison, Theatre Royal, Brighton
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 it is possible that an on-stage interview about the origins and longevity of the show may be featured on Thursday 18th January - yet to be confirmed.
JULIAN TREVELYAN PERFORMS HOWARD'S PIANO MUSIC IN THE GASTEIG, MUNICH, The prize-winning young pianist Julian Trevelyan will perform a recital programme of piano classics and give the European premiere of 'Prelude for Vova' and 'Snowman Rhapsody'., Gasteig Munich
sonata op.27 no. 1
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)
'BENEDICTUS' - DRAMATIC ORATORIO IN STOCKHOLM 18 11 2018, Olov Risberg, St. Gorans Stockholm, Sweden, tbc