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'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

18th December 2016

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: 2016
Artists: The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mary Erskine Choir, David Rintoul (narrator), Mark Reeve (graphic artist), Emmett Elvin (animator), Howard Blake (director)
Categories: [Film & TV Scores]
Released by: 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: anna@annamenzies.com)

Related Opuses

 

'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

17th March 2017
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)

5th June 2017
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

7th September 2017

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

 

INTERVAL

 

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

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possible postlude:  'WALKING IN THE AIR'

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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

2nd December 2017
- 17th December 2017
December 2nd and 3rd, 2017
Witten University Hall
Popular University Orchestra conducted by Tobias van de Locht
Programme:
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
Programme:
Christmas Cracker
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

6th November 2017
- 27th January 2018

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

17th January 2018
- 21st 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 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

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)

 

'BENEDICTUS' - DRAMATIC ORATORIO IN STOCKHOLM 18 11 2018, Olov Risberg, St. Gorans Stockholm, Sweden, tbc

18th November 2018
tbc

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