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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 - '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

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

 

'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

'THE 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




80 - JULIAN TREVELYAN PERFORMS 'SNOWMAN RHAPSODY' IN 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)

 

8O - CONCERT OF HOWARD BLAKE'S CHAMBER MUSIC IN COBLENZ, Benedict Kloeckner (cello), Howard Blake (piano), violin tba, viola tba, COBLENZ

8th September 2018
- 9th September 2018

'LE JAZZ HOT' AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM, Bonnie Langford (voc.), Ian Townsend (cond.), 'Future Dreams' at The London Palladium

30th September 2018
A charity concert. gala performance at the London Palladium in aid of the breast cancer charity Future Dreams (www.futuredreams.org), the gala is to mark its 10th anniversary with a live onstage band and line-up of performers including Paloma Faith, Chicago the Musical, Melanie C, Paul Zerdin, La Voix, Helen George, La Voix, and Bonnie Langford. 
 
Bonnie Langford is to perform 'Le Jazz Hot' from the film 'Victor/Victoria' (1981). The song was composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse sung by Julie Andrews. Composer Howard Blake was asked by Henry Mancini to take over in his absence as orchestrator at that time. In May 2018 at the request of musical director Ian Townsend, Howard kindly agreed to return to it and restore his original score for this special occasion.

89 - DRAMATIC ORATORIO 'BENEDICTUS' AT ST. GORAN'S STOCKHOLM, Olov Risber (conductor), soloists, choir and orchestra, St. Gorans Stockholm, Sweden

18th November 2018

SNOWMAN 21ST SEASON IN THE WEST END AND BIRMINGHAM, Sadler's Wells/Birmingham Rep, Peacock Theatre

23rd November 2018
- 16th January 2019

80 - 3 SNOWMEN CONCERTS AND A Q&A IN LIVERPOOL, Liverpool String Quartet, Dani Sanxis, Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room lunchtime concert with Q and A 2.00pm

15th December 2018
- 17th December 2018

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

4th May 2019

THE SNOWMAN AT SNAPE MALTINGS ALDEBURGH, Ben Parry, childen's choir and orchestra

23rd December 2018

80 - BENEDICTUS IN ST. ALBANS TBC

8th July 2019

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