Past Performances

16th March 2013 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra), The Woodbridge Choral Society and Ipswich School Chapel Choir conducted by Andrew Leech with tenor Richard Edgar Wilson, other soloists tba., Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2013 is the year of Benjamin Britten's centenary and the work will be coupled with a performance of his 'Spring Symphony'
April 2012 BENEDICTUS, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra (details to be announced),
15th March 2012 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra), New London Orchestra, London Chorus, Ronald Corp, Richard Edgar Wilson, Patricia Rozario (to be confirmed), Saint Alban's the Martyr, Holborn, London
20th November 2011 PIANO CONCERTO, Soloist tba, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mark Fitzgerald, Old Town Hall, Chelsea, London
7th October 2011 TRIO FOR FLUTE , CELLO AND PIANO, The Milan Trio. Flute: Susan Milan, Cello: Christopher Jepson, Piano: Andrew Ball 7.30pm Programme details: Trio in G major KV564 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Trio Howard Blake; Sonate in D op 94 (flute and piano) Serge Prokofiev; Sonata in D minor (cello and piano) Claude Debussy; Trio in D minor op 49 Felix Mendelssohn; Tickets: Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office, University of Cambridge; West Road Concert Hall 7.30
2nd October 2011 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO, Benedict Kloeckner and Howard Blake will play a programme including 'Diversions for cello and piano' and the Cello Sonata., The International Cello Festival, Kronberg Academy, Kronberg, Germany, 10.30-12.00am Sunday October 2nd 2011
2nd October 2011 CELLO SONATA, Benedict and Howard, Kronberg
18th August 2011
- 19th August 2011
TRIO FOR FLUTE , CELLO AND PIANO, Susan Milan, National Flute Association, Charlotte, N.Carolina, USA
3rd August 2011 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET, Manchester Camerata Ensemble, Lake District Summer Music, Lakes Hall, Troutbeck Bridge, LA23 1HW,
29th June 2011 SPIELTRIEB, Edinburgh Quartet, Vernon Ellis concert room, Kensington, London
The complete new Naxos CD in performance. Spieltrieb, Month in the country, Leda and the Swan, String trio, Walking in the air for string quartet
8th May 2011 CELLO SONATA, Howard Blake and Benedict Kloeckner, Historisches Cafe Concert Hall,Schlangenbad,Mainz, Germany
A complete concert of works for cello and piano, including 'Pennillion', 'Diversions' and 'Jazz Dances'
7th May 2011 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Hartsville Civic Chorale, Children's Chorale,High School Singers and Palmetto State Boys Choir, Hartsville, Southern Carolina, USA, West Hartsville Baptist Church
26th March 2011 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra), Lexden Choral Society, Richard Edgar-Wilson(tenor), Alistair Chapman(bass) Sara Blake, Conductor, St.Bottolph's Church, Colchester
5th February 2011 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conductor Garry Walker, Erskine Stuarts Melville choir, The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, family concert, The Voice of a City, 3.00pm
12th December 2010 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra cond. by Alain Trudel; Aaron Ferguson tenor, Stephen Hegedus, bass baritone, Viva Youth singers of Toronto, The Bear Dancers, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
5th December 2010 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia, The Royal Theatre, Victoria
4th December 2010 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 5 BRASS, Kettering Camerata together with the Camerata Brass, 7.30pm, at Fuller Baptist Church, Gold Street, Kettering
26th November 2010 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO, Benedict Kloeckner, Bratislava EBU Young Artists Competition
2nd October 2010 FLUTE CONCERTO, Rachel Coghlan flute, Daniel Parkinson conductor. Chester Chamber Orchestra, Wesley Methodist Hall, Chester
27th June 2010 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, Benjamin Scott (vn.) and Brad Clark (pno), The Lyceum,Washington Street, Alexandria, USA (Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association)3pm
20th June 2010 FLUTE QUINTET, Anthony Robb, Primavera Ensemble, Baron's Hall, Penshurst Place, Sussex
20th April 2010 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO, Benedict Kloeckner, Roope Groendahl, Burgersaal, Altes Rathaus, Esslingen, Germany 20.00
Opening concert of the Young European Music Festival 2010
27th February 2010 Diversions For Marimba And Orchestra, A concert given by the Kelvin Ensemble at Glasgow University will contain two works by Howard Blake. The main concert starting at 7.30 wil feature the 'Diversions for marimba and orchestra' played by the brilliant Heather Corbett, principal percussionist of the BBC Scottish Orchestra alongside Prokofiev's 5th Symphony and a work of John Adams. However as 'pre-concert' event the composer will introduce a third performance of his 'Spieltrieb' quartet performed by the Edinburgh Quartet., Glasgow University
27th February 2010 SPIELTRIEB, Edinburgh String Quartet, Glasgow University 6pm with an introductory talk by the composer
'Spieltrieb' was played in a special additional 'pre-concert' performance. The main concert at 7.30 was given by the Kelvin Ensemble who also played a work of Howard Blake, the 'Diversions for marimba and orchestra' played magnificently by soloist Heather Corbett.
25th February 2010 SPIELTRIEB, Edinburgh Quartet, Aberdeeen University 7.30
19th February 2010 SPIELTRIEB, Edinburgh String Quartet, The Queen's Hall Edinburgh
The premiere of this work commissioned by the quartet to celebrate their 50th anniversary. (In 1960 Howard gave a chamber music recital at the Leith Hall in Edinburgh with violinist Miles Baster who was then asked to form the quartet and become its founder and leader.)
9th February 2010 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, James Shenton, Chapel Royal, Brighton
8th February 2010 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO, Benedict Klockner and Jose Gallardo, Sud West Deutche Rundfunk, Mainz, Germany
A recording for future broadcast
27th January 2010 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, Violinist James Shenton, St Nicholas Church Brighton
11th January 2010 SLEEPWALKING FOR SOPRANO VOCALISE, CELLO AND PIANO, Soloists from The Concordia Foundation, Wigmore Hall
With the support of the Worshipful Company of Musicians
20th December 2009 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 5 BRASS, ,
18th December 2009 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 5 BRASS, Oxford Philomusica and chorus, Sheldonian Theatre Oxford
18th December 2009 SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA), Oxford Philomusica and chorus cond. by Howard Blake, Sheldonian Oxford
1st December 2009
- 2nd December 2009
THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Cologne Radio Orchestra, conducted by Tobias van de Locht,
7th November 2009 EVA, Antalya State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Hakan Kalkan.,
Acts Two and Three of the ballet by Robert North/Howard Blake performed with full orchestra, solo violin and SATB chorus (20 performances scheduled over 5 seasons)
28th October 2009 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, Howard Blake and Madeleine Mitchell in a programme devoted to Howard's music, Barnes Music Society
First London concert perfomance of the Violin Sonata
27th September 2009 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Cheltenham Cantilena Orchestra conducted by Stephen Belinfante, Cheltenham Town Hall 3.00pm
29th July 2009 Diversions for marimba and piano, Sam Walton(marimba), Jeremy Young (piano), Alfriston Summer Music
29th July 2009 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, Tristan Gurney (violin), Howard Blake (piano), Alfriston Summer Music
29th July 2009 SPIELTRIEB, The Edinburgh String Quartet, Alfriston Summer Music
Preview performance
12th July 2009 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE, Northern Sinfonia, cond: Tim Redmond, Sands Centre Carlisle
31st May 2009 GRANPA, Macao Orchestra of the macao SAR government conducted by Francis Khan., Macao Cultural Centre
9th May 2009 THE BELLS, Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and massed children's choirs, conducted by Tom Seligman, The Anvil, Basingstoke 7.00pm
8th May 2009 TRIO FOR FLUTE CLARINET AND PIANO, The Sterling Trio, St James's Piccadlly London, 1.10pm
25th April 2009 BENEDICTUS, Lexden Choral Society, Colchester conducted by Sarah Blake,
28th March 2009
- 12th April 2009
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION, A 3-week season by the cast of the Sadler's Wells/Peacock Theatre Show with a Korean instrumental ensemble rehearsed by the composer, Opera House, Seaoul Arts Centre Korea, presented by Credia
For the occasion Howard created a 'Korean Snowman' in a traditional costume specially designed by Rory Murchison and Howard specially arranged a Korean musical 'signature' for the new character. Plans for futher performances in different theatres in Korea are being scheduled through to December 2010
12th March 2009
- 15th March 2009
THE STATION, Sugar Land Opera/Imperial Performing Arts, Briscoe Manor, Houston, Texas
December 2008 THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION, ,
December 2008 TRIO FOR FLUTE CLARINET AND PIANO, ,
27th December 2008 PIANO CONCERTO, Nadia Giliova, Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alan Cook, Murmansk, Russia
Russian premiere
21st December 2008
- 22nd December 2008
THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Bath Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. by Jason Thornton, Colston Hall, Bristol; Town hall, Cheltenham
14th December 2008 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 5 BRASS, St Bavo Cathedral Koorschool Choir Haarlem, directed by Gilles Michels, Haarlem,Holland
13th December 2008
- 14th December 2008
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION, Ballet Bellevue, Seattle,
9th December 2008 SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA), City of Carlisle Orchestra, choristers from Carlisle Cathedral, cond. by Peter Wood, St Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle
5th December 2008
- 6th December 2008
THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.,
Concert including 'The Snowman' concert work. 3 perfs 5th Dec 7.30, 6th Dec 3.00 & 7.30
3rd December 2008
- 11th January 2009
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION, HOWARD BLAKE (music and lyrics); ROBERT NORTH(choreography); BILL ALEXANDER (direction) Scenario by Howard Blake, Robert North & Bill Alexander based on the picture-book by Raymond Briggs and the animated film by Diane Jackson. A Birmingham Rep/Sadler's Wells production 11am performances: 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Dec 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 Jan 2.30pm performances: 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Dec 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 11 Jan 7pm performances: 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 20, 27 Dec 2, 3, 9, 10 Jan, Celebrating its eleventh Christmas season performing at the Peacock Theatre (Sadler's Wells 'Theatre in the West End')
Featuring the song 'Walking in the Air' and the full 90-minute hit score by Howard Blake played by a live orchestra. 'An essential part of London's Christmas calendar. A captivating mix of dance, stagecraft and music.' TIME OUT
28th November 2008
- 22nd December 2008
, Bath Philharmonia, Jason Thornton, Russell Boulter,
Following their success in Bath last Christmas at the Theatre Royal, The Bath Philharmonia are performing Howard Blake's 'The Bear' and 'The Snowman' as a 2008 winter tour. The narrator will be Russell Boulter and the conductor will again be Jason Thornton: Friday 28th Nov, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil; Sunday 30th Nov. Hall for Cornwall, Truro; Sunday 21st Dec. Colston Hall, Bristol; Monday 22nd Dec. Town Hall, Cheltenham. A popular feature of the event last year was the presence of the composer who at the end of the concert talked about his works and answered questions, which he will be doing this year again for the Bristol concert.
22nd November 2008
- 29th December 2008
FLUTE QUINTET, English Serenata, A tour of music including The Snowman and the Flute Qunintet with Jeffery Dench and English Serenata: Bidford-on-Avon (Nov 22), Bishop's Stortford (Nov 30), Norwich (Dec 13), Wavendon (Dec 14), Buxton Opera House (Dec 29)
8th November 2008 HEARTBEAT, Andrea Kautzmann, Leverkusen Jazz Festival
3rd November 2008 PIANO CONCERTO, Nadia Giliova solo piano, Tobias van de Locht conductor, Sinfonia of Dusseldorf, big band of Clara Schumann Academy etc, Savoy Theatre, Dusseldorf, Germany, 8.00pm
As part of an all-Howard Blake festival birthday programme including Symphony in one movement, The Duellists, The Riddle of the Sands, Heartbeat, Suite from Flash Gordon, The Bear (new German translation) etc
3rd November 2008 HEARTBEAT, Big Band of the Clara Schumann Music School, soloist Andrea Kautzmann, Sinfonia of Dusseldorf cond.Tobias van de Locht, Savoy Theatre, Dusseldorf
1st November 2008 VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF BARTOK, Nadia Giliova, Leconfield Hall, Petworth as part of the Petworth Festival
28th October 2008 PIANO CONCERTO, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Voices and soloists conducted by Howard Blake at, The Cadogan Hall, London
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have scheduled a major concert of Howard Blake's music as part of their Cadogan Hall Season to celebrate his 70th birthday on October 28th 2008. The programme will be conducted by the composer and include the concert version of 'The Snowman' for treble (Robert William Blake), narrator (Nigel Havers) and orchestra, The Piano Concerto (originally commissioned for the 30th birthday of Princess Diana) played by William Chen, the brilliant Shanghai-based pianist who so memorably recorded Howard Blake's monumental work 'Lifecycle', and the London premiere of 'The Passion of Mary', a major new work for soloists, choir and orchestra, featuring soprano Patricia Rozario, tenor Martyn Hill, Swedish bass Lars Avidson and the chamber choir of London Voices, directed by Terry Edwards. Booking from 1st May www.cadoganhall.com 020 7730 4500
28th October 2008 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra), Patricia Rozario, Martyn Hill, Robert William Blake,Lars Arvidson,London Voices (choirmaster Terry Edwards), The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Clio Gould, conducted by Howard Blake, Cadogan Hall, London, 7.30
13th July 2008 SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS, Tetsu and Masaki (Piano Duo), Piano Art Salon (small salon), Tokyo, Japan
Concert of Modern British Music for two pianos (Arnold, McCabe,Blake, Davies, Bennett)
11th July 2008 VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF BARTOK, Nadia Giliova, Wigmore Hall
11th July 2008 LIFECYCLE, Nadia Giliova, Wigmore Hall
(selected works)
8th July 2008 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Smithy Bridge Primary School, Symphony Hall Birmingham
'Windy Nights' only - Music for Youth National Festival
28th June 2008 *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY, The Reigate and Redhill Society conducted by Peter Farrant, Dorking Halls Surrey
A programme of English music (Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Jenkins) in celebration of Howard Blake's 70th Birthday
12th June 2008
- 14th June 2008
GRANPA, Windmill Performing Arts,Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Timothy Sexton, Director Andy Packer,Designer Geoff Cobham, Adelaide, Australia
5 performances,June 12,11am;june 13 11am and 5pm;June 14;2 and 6pm
1st June 2008 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Yan Chan, Macao International Festival, Macao S.A.R.
The concert also features a performance of THE BEAR for girl sopano, tenor, bass, narrator and orchestra
1st June 2008 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, 01/06/08 Snowman, The Macao Orchestra/Francis Kan, Macao Cultural Centre (Grand Auditorium) / Macao Macau International Festival (with film)
1st June 2008 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, The Macao Orchestra conducted by Francis Kan, Macao Cultural Centre. Grand Auditorium
Children's Day Concert-My world of fairytales
29th May 2008
- 2nd June 2008
LIFECYCLE, William Chen, Nagoya, Japan
29th March 2008 FESTIVAL MASS (for a cappella double choir), Bristol Bach Chorus, conductor Peter Leech, St.Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, 7.30pm
8th March 2008 ALL GOD'S CREATURES, Cantilena Choir and Co-op Concentio Youth Choir, Helen Burrows (piano and violin),soloists tba, Quay Church, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 7.30
A programme of Howard's music in his great-grandfather's Suffolk chapel - Quay Chapel,Woodbridge, including: Pennillion, Walking in the Air, To Sleep, Dances for Piano Duet, A Toccata of Galuppi's, Faith Alone, Holy Mary,Mother Mild, The Duellists Theme (for flute), Dirge for Fidele, Farewell My Gentle Harp, Winterdream, Make-believe. Directed by Helen Burrows.
3rd February 2008 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Children's chorus trained by Mary Noyes with The Richmond Orchestra conducted by Philip Hesketh, The German School, Petersham 3pm
11th January 2008
- 19th January 2008
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION, Birmingham Rep/Sadler's Wells company, directed by Bill Alexander, the 5-player programmed version conducted from the piano by Jeremy Young, Lowry Theatre, Salford, Manchester
First performance of the show at The Lowry 11 January 2008
December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Norwich Pops Orchestra, Geoff Davidson (with film), Norwich Playhouse, Norfolk, UK
26th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Mecklenburgisches Staats-theater, Martin Schelhaas, Mecklenburgisches Staats-theater Schwerin, Germany
26th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra/Piecaitis, Vilnius Congress Concert Hall Lithuania
23rd December 2007
- 24th December 2007
THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Alan Fearon, The Sage, Gateshead (with film)
22nd December 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, St.Annes
22nd December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Royal Scottish Natonal Orchestra, Christopher Bell, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow (with film)
22nd December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Walking in the Air, Royal Liverpool PO/Ian McMillan, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool UK
21st December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Peter Cynfryn Jones BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Peter Cynfryn Jones, Music Hall, Aberdeen UK
20th December 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, Theatre Brychenoig, Brecon
20th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Peter Cynfryn Jones, Town Hall, Ayr UK
20th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Nordeutscherundfunk, Hannover, Howard Griffiths, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Hannover, Germany
19th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, RSNO, Music Hall Aberdeen
18th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, RSNO Christopher Bell, Caird Hall Dundee
18th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, , Suhl und Gothe Germany
17th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock, Cadogan Hall, London (with film) UK
16th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire (x 2) UK
16th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Walking in the Air, Huntington SO/Kimo Furumoto, Joan C Edwards Performing Arts Center, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, USA
16th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Walking in the Air Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra/Glyn Oxley, Town Hall, Cheltenham UK
15th December 2007 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 8 BRASS, Cambridge Philharmonic Society, Prime Brass, Emmanuel United Reform Church
15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, The Cantori Vocal Ensemble/Michael Crombie, United Free Church, Woodford Green UK
15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Worcester Symphony Orchestra//Adrian Lucas, Worcester Cathedral UK
15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Northampton County Youth 'Oldies' Orchestra/Paul Truman, Northampton High School UK
15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, 15/12/2007 Walking in the Air,Huntington SO/Kimo Furumoto, Joan C Edwards Performing Arts Center, Marshall University, USA
14th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, London Mozart Players, Walking in the Air, Croydon Parish Church
13th December 2007
- 30th December 2007
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION), Edinburgh Festival Theatre (33 performances),
9th December 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, Melton Mowbray
8th December 2007 SINFONIETTA, Prime Brass, Linton Village College,Cambridgeshire, 7.30pm
8th December 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, tba
8th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Ulster orchestra, Christopher Bell, Waterfront Hall, Belfast (2 perf with film)
8th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, cond. Markus L Frank, Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau (3 perfs) Germany
8th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Northampton Concert Orchestra/David Chambers, United Reformed Church, Northampton UK
7th December 2007 *SCOTLAND, Cappella Nova directed by Alan Tavener, Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley, Glasgow
6th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, , Suhl und Gothe Germany
5th December 2007
- 6th January 2008
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION), Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre London (53 performances),
3rd December 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, Clacton
2nd December 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, Horsham
2nd December 2007 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Bath Philharmonia: Howard Blake double bill The Snowman and The Bear. 2.30pm, 7.30pm,
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1st December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, National YO of Ireland, Gearoid Grant, The Helix, Dublin
1st December 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, Pomegranite Theatre, Chesterfield
30th November 2007 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, The Point, Eastleigh, Hants
25th November 2007 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Bath Philharmonia conducted by Jason Thornton (2 performances, matinee and evening), Theatre Royal Bath
Concert of 'The Snowman'and 'The Bear' with pre-concert talk by Howard Blake with Jason Thornton
25th November 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Bath Philharmonia, Jason Thornton, Howard Blake (pre-concert talk), Theatre Royal Bath (2 perfs)
24th November 2007 , English Serenata, Jeffery Dench (narrator), Bidford Parish Church, Warwickshire
Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music
21st November 2007 SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (SHORTENED VERSION), Tampere cast and musicians, Tampere Comedy Theatre, Finland
18th November 2007 , Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, Cheltenham Town Hall
17th November 2007 BENEDICTUS, Martyn Hill (tenor), St.Alban's Bach Choir and Sinfonia Verdi conducted by Andrew Lucas, Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban, St.Alban's Herts
21st anniversary of the premiere of the revised version given in the cathedral in 1986. Also Vivaldi's 'Gloria'
11th November 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Funharmonics, Chris Jarvis/David Angus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall
14th October 2007 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra), , St Gorans, Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday 14th October 4.00 pm
23rd September 2007 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, The Mary Erskine Choir & Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Blake, as part of a concert to inaugurate the new hall, Mary Erskine Arts Centre, Edinburgh
Two perfomances at 3.00 and 7.30
23rd September 2007 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Children's, Boys' and Girls' Choirs from Taplow Choirs and Pure Harmony children's choir (Slough) conducted by Gillian Dibden, Windsor Festival, Taplow Court Concert Hall 5pm
27th August 2007 FANTASY-ALLEGRO, The Sussex Piano Trio, Greenbelt festival, Cheltenham
Also featuring The Up and Down Man, Pennillion and Pas de Deux from the ballet music of 'The Snowman'
8th August 2007 LIFECYCLE, Nadia Giliova, St James' Piccadilly, lunchtime recital
1st August 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra conducted by En Shao, Taipei, Taiwan (tbc)
30th June 2007 ALL GOD'S CREATURES, Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and Mowbray Orchestra, conductor John Forsyth, 7.30pm, Middlesborough Town Hall
A performance coupled with Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana'
19th June 2007 PENNILLION (FOR VIOLIN AND HARP), Paul Lundin (violin), Kelsey Erdahl (harp), LRC Auditorium, Bay College, Escanaba, Michigan,USA
12th May 2007 *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY, Sussex Chorus conducted by Neil Jenkins, Lancing College Chapel
12th April 2007 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS, Leith Hill Festival choirs, English Festival Orchestra, conducted by Brian Kay, Dorking Halls, Surrey
12th April 2007 DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (2-stave version - separate parts 1 & 2), William Chen and Laura MacDonald, Shanghai Conservatory Concert Hall
1st April 2007 BENEDICTUS, South West Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus,tenor soloist Bryce Westervelt, conducted by Joseph Caulkin, Fort Myers, Florida, USA
25th March 2007 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Mary Erskine Choir, conducted by Howard Blake, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Recording to be conducted by the composer
24th March 2007 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Helen Mitchell (conductor) with choir and orchestra of Mary Erskine School, Usher Hall Edinburgh
13th March 2007 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET, Janet Hilton directs RCM Woodwind Ensemble, Bishopsgate Institute, lunchtime concert series (with works by Malcolm Arnold and Jonathan Dove)
10th March 2007 The Snowman Easy Piano Picture Book, Les eleves de Sylvie Freret et Claude Marodon, et Anais Lalange (La conteuse), Salle de l'auditorium de l'ecole nationale de musique et danse, Lisieux pays d'Auge
A concert of music by Howard Blake, including pieces from 'Lifecycle'
10th March 2007 LIFECYCLE, Les eleves de Mme.Freret, Salle de L'auditorium de l'ecole nationale de musique et danse, Lisieux Pays d'Auge (in the presence of the composer)
Prelude, Berceuse, Nocturne, Toccatina,Rag
9th March 2007 *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY, Elgar Chorale, Donald Hunt, Leeds Parish Church
7th January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Bernard Cribbins (narrator),Benedict Williams,(treble from King's College Cambridge, director Stephen Cleobury), Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer, Corn Exchange,Cambridge
7th January 2007 , The Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Blake, The Corn Exchange Cambridge
7th January 2007 CHRISTMAS LULLABY, Benedict Williams and George Wood (trebles from King's College, director Stephen Cleobury)CPO conducted by the composer, Corn Exchange Cambridge
7th January 2007 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE, CPO conducted by the composer, Corn Exchange Cambridge
7th January 2007 REINDEER DANCE, CPO conducted by the composer, Cambridge Corn Exchange
7th January 2007 DANCE OF THE ICE-PRINCESS, CPO conducted by the composer, Cambridge Corn Exchange
7th January 2007 JACK FROST'S STORM DANCE, CPO conducted by the composer, Cambridge Corn Exchange
7th January 2007 SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA), Bernard Cribbins,Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, cond Howard Blake, Corn Exchange Cambridge
5th January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Orchestra of the National Concert Hall,David Brophy, Craig Doyle (with film x2), National Concert Hall,Dublin, Eire
4th January 2007
- 18th January 2007
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION), Full cast choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, Birmingham Rep Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham
4th January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Carl Davis, Auditorio Baluarte, Pamplona, Spain (with film)
2nd January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Alan Fearon (with film), The Sage, Gateshead
14th December 2006 , English Serenata with Jeffery Dench (narrator) Walking in the Air Tour with 'The Snowman' and other Christmas music, Dudley Concert Hall
28th December 2006
- 29th December 2006
THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Northern Sinfonia conducted by Alan Fearon, with film, Middlesborough Town Hall The Sage, Gateshead
23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with film, Toronto, Canada
23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, conducted by Johm Lubbock, Cadogan Hall,London (with film)
To include 'Cradle Song' for boy & girl trebles and 'The Bear' with projected film and soloists (tbc)
23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, RSNO, Christopher Bell (with film), Usher Hall, Edinburgh
23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi, Fabrizio Dorsi, Milan, Italy
23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society, Aurelian SO, Tim Hooper, Brentwood Centre, UK
22nd December 2006
- 23rd December 2006
, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Caulkins, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, Florida, USA
22nd December 2006 , London Concert Orchestra, Fraser Goulding, David Christopher Ragusa, The Barbican Concert Hall, London
21st December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, RSNO Christopher Bell (with film), Caird Hall, Dundee
20th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Junior Chorus, Christopher Bell, Music hall, Aberdeen
18th December 2006
- 20th December 2006
, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Edward Tchivzhel, Kishna Davis, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
17th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Bell, with film, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
17th December 2006 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, The Helix, Dublin tbc
17th December 2006 , London Concert Orchestra, Fraser Goulding, David Christopher Ragusa, Symphony Hall Birmingham
17th December 2006
- 18th December 2006
THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Orchestra of the National Concert Hall, David Brophy, Craig Doyle, National Concert hall, Dublin
16th December 2006
- 17th December 2006
CHRISTMAS LULLABY, Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, cond. Bruce Rodney Dunn, Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops. BC Canada
16th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Folkestone orchestra, Saga Pavilion, Folkestone
14th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Latymer Students, Latymer School, London
14th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Student orchestra, Geoff Lavery, Bedford Modern School
13th December 2006
- 30th December 2006
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION), Company of dancers and orchestra, The Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Choreography by Robert North, Direction by Bill Alexander,lighting by Tim Mitchell, based on the Birmingham Rep/Peacock Theatre production
13th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Dacorum Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Loten, Berkhampstead Collegiate School
12th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn, St David's Hall, Cardiff
11th December 2006
- 12th December 2006
THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra, St Margaret's Church Ayr
10th December 2006 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Honner, Hong Kong City Concert Hall
With The Snowman and both with projected film
10th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, City of Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Honnor, with film ( 2 performances), Hong Kong City Concert Hall, China
Also featuring a performance of 'The Bear'
10th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, Cheltenham Town Hall
9th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Ulster Orchestra conducted by Christopher Bell, with film (2x), Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Northern Ireland
8th December 2006
- 8th January 2007
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION), Cast directed by Bill Alexander, choreographer Robert North, MD Jeremy Young, designer Ruari Murchison, lighting Tim Mitchell 9th West End season, Peacock Theatre (Sadler's Wells' theatre in the West End)
8th December 2006
- 9th December 2006
THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, National Chiang Kai Shek Symphony Orchestra, with film. Carl Davis, National Chiang Kai Shek Auditorium, Taipei, Taiwan
5th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Caerphilly Music & Arts services (x2), Cardiff
3rd December 2006 , Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, United Reformed Church, Highgate, London
3rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Gottingen SO, Christoph Muller, Gottingen, Germany
1st December 2006
- 3rd December 2006
THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Landesjugendorkester Bremen (Leer), Bremen Germany
27th November 2006 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet), , University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE USA
25th November 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, 'Symphony for Kids', Edmonton, Canada (with film projection)
25th November 2006 *WINTERDREAM, Dolphin School & Hornsby House School choirs cond by Stephan Cooper, St John's Smith Square- Wandsworth Children's Music Festival grand farewell gala concert
19th November 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Duna Szimfonikus Zenekar, Duna palata, Budapest, Hungary
11th November 2006 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE, Peoria Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Commonday, Peoria, Illinois, USA
1st November 2006 LE BONHOMME DE NEIGE (for narrator , treble and orchestra), Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie conducted by Dirk Boiy, narrator Olivier Gourmet, Belgian and French record release
1st November 2006 THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS, Colin Lawson, Howard Blake (first concert performance), The Concert Room at 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London as part of an all-HB programme for woodwind and piano: first concert performance of 'Six Romantic Pieces' for clarinet and piano by Janet Hilton and HB, Serenade for Wind Octet and Burlesque Suite for Clarinet, bassoon and piano
1st November 2006 SIX ROMANTIC PIECES, Janet Hilton (cl) & Howard Blake (pno), The concert room at 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London
First performance
1st November 2006 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET, Michael O'Donnell, Bryony Middleton (ob) Kimon Perry, Andrew Stainer(cl) Andrew Watson, Cory Barger(fg), Sam Pearce, Andrew Weber(hn)directed by Janet Hilton, 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London
1st November 2006 BURLESQUE SUITE FOR CLARINET, BASSOON AND PIANO, Janet Hilton, Andrew Watson, Howard Blake, 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London
1st November 2006 PENNILLION (for Flute and Piano), Gay Byam-Grounds, Howard Blake, 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London
19th October 2006 LIFECYCLE, Nadia Giliova, St. John's Smith Square, London (7.30)
Programme to include works by Howard Blake (some pieces from 'Lifecycle'), Kosenko, Schumann & Rachmaninov
10th October 2006 CRADLE SONG FOR TWO TREBLES AND ORCHESTRA, Martlesham Cantilena Choir directed by Helen Patricia Burrows, St John's Ipswich, 7.15; Suffolk Festival of the Performing Arts
4th October 2006 LIFECYCLE, Jenni Fleming, Queensland Conservatorium,Griffith University, Brisbane,Australia, Kawai Concert Series,
30th September 2006 LIFECYCLE, Nadia Giliova playing selected pieces from Lifecycle and Rachmaninov, Haywards Heath Music Society, St Wilfrid's Church 7.45
23rd September 2006 'THREE'S COMPANY' FOR PIANO TRIO, Sussex Piano Trio, Holy Trinity, Horsham
17th September 2006 PENNILLION (For Flute And Harp), Gay Byam-Grounds,Rowena Bass, English Serenata, Chalcot Park, Warwickshire, National Trust House. Launch of Meridian CD, concert and exhibition, also Trio for flute, harp and cello, (Joseph Spooner)
10th September 2006 LIFECYCLE, Jenni Fleming, St. Mary's Anglican Church, Brisbane, Australia
First complete Australian concert performance, with photography by Morgan Flemming
6th September 2006 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE, The Prairie Ensemble, cond. Kevin Kelly, Faith United Methodist Church,Champaign, Illinois, USA. 2 performances
31st August 2006 WALKING IN THE AIR (a duet version for treble, tenor & orchestra), Aled Jones, Recording at Marcangelo Studios, London
23rd July 2006 HAIKU, William Chen, Government House Concert Series, Sydney
23rd July 2006
- 3rd August 2006
, Cast of the play 'Market Boy', National Theatre, South Bank, London
16th July 2006 PENNILLION FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, Helen Burrows, David Ruddock, St Michael's Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich
5th July 2006 SUITE:A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, Ensemble Orchestral Stringendo/Jean Thorel, Annexe de la mairie XIV arrt. Paris
29th June 2006
- 2nd July 2006
THE STATION, State Opera of South Australia, Opera House Marleston SA
29-30 June
1-2 July
11th June 2006 PENNILLION (For Flute And Harp), Eluned Pierce (harp) and Catherine Handley (flute), Raglan Festival, South Wales
4th June 2006 CHRISTCHURCH MASS, Christ Church Choir, Rupert Perkins, Christ Church, Kensington
26th May 2006 HAIKU, William Chen, Chita, Nagoya, Japan
First performance
6th May 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Parry, solo treble Sam Oliver, Abbey Road Studios (in a recording for the LPO's own record label)
22nd April 2006 BENEDICTUS, Erskine Stuart's Melville Community Choir and orchestra led by Deirdre Smith, solo tenor Steven Griffin, solo viola Michael Beeston, conductor Norman Mitchell, Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh
22nd April 2006 LIFECYCLE, Anca Nite, Greyfriars Church Edinburgh
Selected pieces from 'Lifecycle' preceding a performance of 'Benedictus'
18th February 2006 MY LIFE SO FAR, TV showing BBC 2 11.45pm,
4th February 2006 *WINTERDREAM, Peter Bailey(piano)and combined children's choirs conducted by the composer, Cadogan Hall London in the presence of Princess Alexandra.
First performance
24th January 2006 CLUB-SONG, 'The Four Poofs' and the composer (piano), The Groucho Club: launch party for the release of the book 'A Celebration of 20 Years of The Groucho Club' which contains both music and lyrics
First performance
2nd January 2006 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE, Northern Sinfonia, The Sage Gateshead
20th December 2005 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE, Norwich Philharmonic Society, St Andrew's Hall Norwich
17th December 2005 SULTANSONG, Choon Heng (tenor), Cindy Neap (soprano), Janet Lee(mezzo-soprano),Howard Blake(piano), Istana Selangor (The Palace of Selangor), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the presence of HRH The Sultan of Selangor on the occasion of his 60th Birthday
First performance
31st October 2005
- 1st November 2005
SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet), Martyn Hill, English Serenata, St Lawrence's Parish Church, Mickleton, Gloucestershire
First recording for Meridian by Richard Hughes,produced by Susanne Stanzeleit
18th September 2005 *A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, Thirteen Strings, Grant Cooper, St Andrews Church Ottawa
8th August 2005 *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY, The Elgar Chorale and Camerata with Adrian Partington(organ), conducted by Donald Hunt, St. Martin's, Worcester as part of The Three Choirs Festival
Following the concert the composer and Dame Janet Baker both gave speeches at the Festival Society lunch.
19th June 2005 GRANPA, Joe Junior, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Anthony Inglis, Kowloon City Hall, Hong Kong
19th June 2005 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Anthony Inglis, Kowloon City Hall
15th June 2005 LIFECYCLE, Howard Blake, Selangor Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Asian premiere of 'Lifecycle'. By royal command of HRH The Sultan of Selangor
6th June 2005 PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA, Maria Jose, Diploma recital Duke's Hall Royal Academy of Music
18th May 2005 LIFECYCLE, Howard Blake, Recital Room, Ardingly College, Sussex
13th December 2004
- 18th December 2004
THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra,David Rintoul, Christopher Bell, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Caird Hall Dundee, The Music Hall Aberdeen, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow
Performed with both narration and projected DVD of the animated film
7th November 2004 BENEDICTUS, Darren Abrahams (tenor),Arun Choral Society, Dorset House School Boys Choir, Arundel Cathedral
May 2004 SYMPHONY NO. 2 - 'TOCCATA', Philharmonisches Orchester des Staatstheaters Mainz, conductor Sebastian Hernandes-Laverny, Mainz Opera House, Germany
A concert with a birthday theme, with works by John Adams, Stravinsky, Handel and Howard Blake
29th December 2003 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Michael Fenton Stevens, London Concert Orchestra, Howard Blake (cond.), The Barbican Concert Hall, City of London
28th December 2003 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION to be narrated or performed with projected film, girl soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and orchestra, Michael Fenton Stevens (narrator), London Concert Orchestra conducted by Howard Blake, Birmingham Symphony Hall
13th December 2003 BENEDICTUS, William Kendall (tenor),David Halls (conductor), The Rt.Revd Michael Mayne,former Dean of Westminster Abbey(speaker), orhestra & chorus of The Salisbury Music Society, Salisbury Cathedral
19th November 2003 SLEEPWALKING, Patricia Rozario, The Schubert Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London
19th November 2003 PIANO QUARTET, The Schubert Ensemble, Wigmore Hall
19th November 2003 THREE SUSSEX SONGS (ARRANGED FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO), Patricia Rozario (soprano), Howard Blake (piano), Wigmore Hall
19th November 2003 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet), Patricia Rozario, Schubert Ensemble, Wigmore Hall
October 2003 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS, Sussex Chorus and orchestra conducted by Neil Jenkins, St George's Kemp Town Brighton
September 2003 SYMPHONY NO. 2 - 'TOCCATA', Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Cleobury, St John's Smith Square London
16th August 2002 LIFECYCLE, Howard Blake, Aigues-Vives, Nimes, France
A recital at the house of the Baron & Baroness Botzelaer; Marc Andre Hamelin in the audience.
4th July 2002 LIFECYCLE, You-Chiong Lin, Alexandre Gallery, The Skryabin Space, Hanover Square, London
18th May 2002 STABAT MATER FOR SOLOISTS, CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA - SKETCH ONLY N/A, Patricia Rozario (high soprano), Neil Jenkins (speaker), William Clements, (speaker),Winchester Cathedral Choir and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset
First performance
2nd May 2002 LIFECYCLE, Various students from the London School of Music,, St Stephen's Gloucester Road, London
An idea for a performance with each piece of the 24 played by a different player, conceived & organised by Alberto Portugheis
May 2002 , Patricia Rozario, Winchester Cathedral Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill, Sherborne Abbey
9th June 2001 BENEDICTUS, Sara Blake (conductor) Lexden Choral Society, Colchester
18th November 2000 BENEDICTUS, Cantemus Choir, The Chantry Quire, Dorset School House Choristers, Andrew Phillips (tenor), Stewart Harper (conductor), Andrew Benians, (organ), Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea
4th November 2000 BENEDICTUS, Harrogate Choral Society, Ripon Cathedral
Funded by the Millenium Experience Company and relating the work to that of The Venerable Bede as part of a cultural programme for 2000
21st May 2000 SUITE:A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, Barry Wordsworth, The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Millenium concert 2000 in Hove Town Hall including Robert Cohen playing 'Diversions'
21st May 2000 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA, Robert Cohen (cello), The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Barry Wordsworth, Hove Town Hall
A concert to celebrate the Millenium
May 2000 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO, Martin Rummel (cello) and Howard Blake (piano), The British Music Information Centre
13th April 2000 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Berkshire Young Musicians Trust, Gillian Dibden (conductor), Royal Albert Hall
Programmed with 'Carmina Burana' conducted by Christopher Bell
22nd May 1999 BENEDICTUS, Richard Jenkinson, East Grinstead Choral Society, East Grinstead, Sussex
16th May 1999 ALL GOD'S CREATURES, Young People's Chorus, New York, New York, USA
6th July 1998 STILL FALLS THE RAIN, Chester Bach Singers, Bolton Parish Church
16th May 1998 BENEDICTUS, William Kendall, David Hill, Bournemouth Sinfonietta & Winchester Cathedral Choir, Sherborne Abbey
16th May 1998 STILL FALLS THE RAIN, Chester Bach Singers, Martin Bussey, Chester Cathedral UK
First performance
25th March 1998
- 26th March 1998
THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, The Ex Corde Choir from the College Chorus, speakers Graeme Gilchrist & Andrew Cubie and First Orchestra, George Watson's College, Edinburgh
4th December 1997 VIOLIN CONCERTO - THE LEEDS, Katerina Andreasson, The Philharmonia, Royal Festival Hall
19th October 1997 BENEDICTUS, Anders Andersson, Olov Risberg, Lars Anders Tomte, Stockholm Boys Choir, St Gorans Choirs, St Gorans, Stockholm, Sweden
19th April 1997 ALL GOD'S CREATURES, Mary Erskine and Stewart's Melville Schools choir and orchestra conducted by Helen Mitchell, The Usher Hall, Edinburgh
December 1996 VIOLIN CONCERTO - THE LEEDS, Lorraine McAslan, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Marble Hill Concerts
21st December 1996 LIFECYCLE, Howard Blake, Gothenburg Opera House (Recital Room)
6th August 1996 LIFECYCLE, Howard Blake, Schloss Rosenegg, Steyr, Austria
August 1996 THE STATION, Jigsaw Opera Group, Thaxted
21st July 1996
- 24th July 1996
THE STATION, Jigsaw opera group, Purcell Room,The South Bank,London
July 1996 THE STATION, Jigsaw Opera Group, Battersea Arts Centre
23rd March 1996 BENEDICTUS, James Oxley, The Chichester Singers, Bedales School Choir, Southern Pro Musica, Jonathan Willcocks (cond), Chichester Cathedral
25th February 1996 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION (to be performed with optional projected film, or narration, or both), for boy soprano and orchestra, Cambridge Philharmonic Society, Matthew Rowe, Corn Exchange Cambridge
Walking in the air
December 1995 BENEDICTUS, Sir David Willcocks, Greenlake Festival, Wisconsin, USA
December 1995 BENEDICTUS, Jonathan Willcocks, Chichester Cathedral
2nd December 1995 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, New London Children's Choir & New London Orchestra conducted by Ron Corp, St John's Smith Square
31st October 1995 ALL GOD'S CREATURES, Surrey Youth Music & Performing Arts, Surrey County Youth Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall
26th August 1995 TWELVE PIANO PIECES, Howard Blake, The Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria
After a song recital by Frederika von Stade the composer was persuaded to give an impromptu performance of the 12 pieces in the main hall lit by candles. The idea was proposed by Ilona von Ronay who afterwards suggested that if HB were to complete the cycle of 24 she would engage him to perform the complete cycle at Schloss Rosenegg as part of her annual music festival there. HB wrote the further 12 as planned, renaming the piece 'Lifecycle' and giving the first performance on August 6th 1996
July 1995 DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (2-stave version - separate parts 1 & 2), Wayne Marshall and Howard Blake, King's Lynn Festival
25th March 1995 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, Mary Erskine School choir and orchestra / David Rintoul (speaker) / Helen Mitchell, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
22nd March 1995 ALL GOD'S CREATURES, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra and massed Surrey children's choir conducted by Howard Blake, Guildford Cathedral
December 1994 BENEDICTUS, Dr Donald Hunt (conductor), Maldwyn Davies (tenor),Thomas Holme (narrator), Scunthorpe & District Choral Society, Scunthorpe Co-operative Junor Choir, East of England Orchestra, Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
An all-Howard Blake concert programme, unusually but succesfully combining 'Nursery Rhyme Overture'and 'The Snowman' with 'Benedictus' to a capacity family audience
20th August 1994 VIOLIN CONCERTO - THE LEEDS, Christiane Edinger, Howard Blake conducting The English Sinfonia (first London performance), Kenwood Lakeside Concerts
14th May 1994 BENEDICTUS, Jersey Festival Choir, Royal College of Music Orchestra, Walter Dixon (tenor), Wesley Grove Methodist Church Jersey
4th May 1994 BENEDICTUS, Bridgewater & District Choral Society, St. Mary's Church Bridgewater
26th March 1994 CLARINET CONCERTO, Michael Collins, Jonathan Butcher, Surrey Philharmonic, Dorking Halls
26th March 1994 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET, Camerata Wind Soloists, Nicholas Yonge Society, Lewes Tertiary College
26th March 1994 THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, The Syracuse Symphony, New York Community Foundation Inc., conducted by Peter Rubardt, Cruise Hinds Concert Theatre, Syracuse, NY, USA
19th February 1994 BENEDICTUS, Julian Podger (ten.), David Truslove (cond.), Romsey Choral Society, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Romsey Abbey
6th February 1993 VIOLIN CONCERTO - THE LEEDS, English Northern Philharmonia / Christiane Edinger / Paul Daniel, Town Hall, Leeds
18th November 1992 THE STATION, , Platform Theatre, Haywards Heath
18th November 1992
- 21st November 1992
THE STATION, Jacqueline Barron (sop),Susan Bickley(contralto),Paul Agnew(ten),Don Greig(bar),Simon Grant(bass), with Penny Jenkins and Juliet McKinnell as the 2 tea-ladies (mezzo) with The Duke String Quartet directed from the piano by the composer., The Platform Theatre,Haywards Heath,Sussex
7th November 1992 BENEDICTUS, Crawley Concordia, Jonathan Butcher, Hawth Arts Centre, Crawley
7th November 1992 BENEDICTUS, Portsmouth Choral Union, Jonathan Willcocks, Portsmouth Cathedral
8th August 1992 PIANO CONCERTO, Howard Blake (piano), Anthony Inglis (conductor), RPO, Kenwood Lakeside
1st August 1992 THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, The Wren Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black, Kenwood Lakeside, English Heritage Concert
22nd May 1992 BENEDICTUS, Chester Bach Choir, Martyn Hill (tenor), Malcolm Bussey (conductor), Chester Cathedral
13th May 1992 FAITH ALONE CAN BUILD A CITY, The congregation and organist conducted by Stuart Beer, York Minster
3rd May 1992 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO, Robert Cohen, Howard Blake, The Manchester Cello Festival at the RNCM
7th March 1992 BENEDICTUS, Martyn Hill, Sir David Willcocks, Guildford Philharmonic Choir, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Cathedral
29th February 1992 THE BELLS, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra / children of East Sussex Schools / Howard Blake, The Dome, Brighton
December 1991 PIANO CONCERTO, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Blake, The Dome Brighton
As part of an all Howard Blake concert
8th December 1991 CHRISTMAS LULLABY, Wren Orchestra / Cantamus / Howard Blake, Barbican Centre, London
November 1991 SYMPHONY NO. 2 - 'TOCCATA', Recording by The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer Sony Studios Whitfield Street London, Sony Studios, Whitfield Street, London
23rd August 1991 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA, Steven Isserlis, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Vernon Handley, The Three Choirs Festival, Hereford Cathedral
22nd August 1991 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS, Three Choirs Festival Chorus, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dr Donald Hunt OBE, Hereford Cathedral
Composer's note: This Hereford performance was given in a version for large orchestra (including 4 percussion) specially orchestrated by Larry Ashmore and published by Faber Music. However the somewhat bombastic result was unsuited to the gentle spirit of Saint Francis and I think for that reason the work was not taken up. In May 2003 I restored it to its original 'Mozartian' orchestration and it was succesfully revived in a splendid performance by Neil Jenkins and the Sussex Chorus
21st July 1991 CHRISTCHURCH MASS, Choir of Christ Church Kensington, Malcolm Haines, Christ Church Kensington
23rd June 1991 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string orchestra), Martyn Hill, Robert Cohen, Charleston Manor Festival
19th June 1991 PIANO CONCERTO, Howard Blake (piano) with The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis., In the presence of HRH Diana The Princess of Wales at The Royal Festival Hall.
January 1991 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 8 BRASS, The Bach Choir, St. George's Windsor
23rd December 1990 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 8 BRASS, The Bach Choir, Royal Albert Hall
19th December 1990 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 8 BRASS, The Bach Choir, Fairfield Hall
16th December 1990 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY FOR SATB AND 8 BRASS, The Bach Choir, Royal Albert Hall
15th December 1990 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET, Camerata Soloists, Seaton Music Club
15th December 1990 BENEDICTUS, Waynefleet Singers, William Kendall, Winchester Cathedral
17th June 1990 *JUBILATE DEO, Oratorio Choir / Stanley Powell, Abington Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania
20th May 1990 BENEDICTUS, Robert Tear, Ditchling Choral Society, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Choristers of Hurstpierpoint College, Janet Canetty-Clarke (cond.), St Bartholomews Church Brighton
An all-Howard Blake concert programme including the Clarinet Concerto played by Emma Johnson
20th May 1990 CLARINET CONCERTO, Emma Johnson, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Festival
26th February 1990 SYMPHONY NO. 1 - IMPRESSIONS OF A CITY, Grant Hossack, BBC Radio Orchestra, BBC The Hippodrome, Golders Green
BBC broadcast 29th October 1991 as 'Symphony in one movement'
26th February 1990 HEARTBEAT, BBC Big Band and the BBC Radio Orchestra, Ian Dixson, (solo tenor saxophone), conductor Grant Hossack,
December 1989 CONCERT DANCES, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Howard Blake, Henry Wood Hall
9th July 1989 GRANPA, Bernard Cribbins (Granpa), London Voices, Wroughton Middle School Choir, Trinity Boys Choir and The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer,, The Royal Festival Hall, London
2nd June 1989 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA, Steven Isserlis, The Philharmonia cond. by Howard Blake, The Royal Festival Hall
2nd June 1989 BENEDICTUS, The Bach Choir & the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral conducted by Sir David Willcocks, The Philharmonia, Robert Tear (tenor), The Revd. Donald Reeves (speaker), Royal Festival Hall
An all-Howard Blake programme including 'Diversons for cello & orchestra' played by Stephen Isserlis conducted by the composer (first London performance)
6th April 1989 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet), Ian Partridge, Coull Quartet, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
29th March 1989 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Steven Isserlis / Charles Groves, Fairfield Halls, Croydon
18th March 1989 BENEDICTUS, Richard Reaville (ten), Chester Bach Singers & orchestra cond. Martin Bussey, Chester Cathedral
1st March 1989 BENEDICTUS, Sir David Willcocks, Abingdon choir & orchestra, Abingdon, Pennsylvania, USA
17th July 1988 BENEDICTUS, Robert Tear, Bach Choir, RPO, Sir David Willcocks, Rev. John Drury, King's College Chapel, Cambridge
11th July 1988 BENEDICTUS, Maldwyn Davies (ten), Sir David Willcocks, John Chambers (viola), Bach Choir, Philharmonia, Cardinal Basil Hume, choristers of Westminster cathedral, Westminster Cathedral
On the Feast of St Benedict
1st June 1988 CLARINET CONCERTO, Angela Malsbury, London Mozart Players conducted by Howard Shelley, Corn Exchange Cambridge
17th May 1988 BENEDICTUS, Edmund Barham, Bjarne Slogedahl, Domkirkens Mottetkor, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Internationale Kirkefestspill, Kristiansand, Norway
3rd March 1988 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet), Martyn Hill, Coull Quartet, Recording for BBC Radio 3, Birmingham
December 1987 BENEDICTUS, Sir David Willcocks, choir and orchestra, Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand
4th October 1987 'WALKING IN HIS CARE', BBC TV Songs of Praise, St Mary Magdalene School, Mortlake
27th August 1987 BENEDICTUS, Arthur Davies (ten), Dr Donald Hunt, The Festival Chorus, Three Choirs Festival, Worcester, RLPO., Worcester Cathedral
23rd August 1987 FESTIVAL MASS (for a cappella double choir), Worcester Cathedral Choir / Donald Hunt, Three Choirs Festival, Worcester Cathedral
21st July 1987 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet), Martyn Hill / Medici Quartet, Chester Festival
21st July 1987 PIANO QUARTET, Medici Quartet, Howard Blake, Chester Festival
6th July 1987 PIANO QUARTET, The Medici string quartet and Howard Blake, Leighton House, Kensington
22nd June 1987 BENEDICTUS, Michael Smith (cond), Llandaff Cathedral Choir & choral society, Maldwyn Davies (ten), Llandaff Cathedral
24th May 1987 BENEDICTUS, Sir David Willcocks, Scottish Philharmonic Singers, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Robert Tear, Ian Aldred,, St John's Kirk Perth, Perth Festival
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 9 August 1987
16th May 1987 BENEDICTUS, Martyn Hill, Cathedral Cantata Choir, Manchester Camerata, Stuart Beer (cond.),
10th March 1987 CLARINET CONCERTO, Pascual Y Martinez, City of Palma Symphony Orchestra, Palma Auditorium
September 1986 FUSIONS, , British Open Brass Championships, Manchester (test piece)
25th January 1986 BENEDICTUS, Robert Tear, St Albans Bach Choir and Cathedral Choir, The English Chamber Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks (conductor), Frederick Riddle (solo viola), The Dean of St Alban's (speaker), St Alban's Cathedral & Abbey Church
World premiere of the revised work
December 1985 CLARINET CONCERTO, Thea King, The English Chamber Orchestra, Valencia, Spain
5th May 1985 SINFONIETTA, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Farewell performance by the PJBE attended by the great Harry Mortimer CBE who suggested the adaptation of the work for the British Brass Band Open and a new name 'Fusions'.
1st May 1985 BENEDICTUS, Student choir and orchestra, Downside Abbey, Devizes
26th October 1984 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE, Sinfonia of London / Howard Blake, City Hall, St Albans (first performance)
22nd August 1984 BENEDICTUS, Guy Woolfenden (cond)Music Camp singers and orchestra, Pickets Farm Summer Music Camp nr Oxford
30th October 1983 BENEDICTUS, Gregory Massingham, University Choir & Orchestra, St Cecilia Chorale, Howard Blake (cond.), University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
The composer visited Queensland University during September-October 1983 at the instigation of Michael Leighton-Jones, then professor of vocal studies, which gave the composer the opportunity to undertake major revision of both content and orchestration of the work
27th November 1982 BENEDICTUS, Reigate & Redhill Choral Society cond. Jonathan Butcher, St Matthew's Church Redhill
22nd May 1980 BENEDICTUS, Richard Lewis (tenor), National Philharmonic Orchestra, Frederick Riddle (viola), Ditchling Choral Society (director Janet Cannetty-Clark), Worth Abbey, Sussex
First performance (unrevised version) for the 1500th anniversary year of St. Benedict at the suggestion of Victor Farwell Abbot of Worth
May 1980 PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA, Frederick Riddle, Worth Abbey
December 1978 TWELVE PIANO PIECES, Howard Blake, BBC Radio Brighton
5th April 1978 BLOOD RELATIVES, The National Philharmonic Orchestra, CTS April 5th 1978, engineer John Richards, Recording at CTS Studios Wembley
9th March 1978 DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (2-stave version - separate parts 1 & 2), Howard Blake / Janet Cannetty-Clarke, BBC Radio Brighton
July 1977 LEDA AND THE SWAN (A BALLET FOR TELEVISON), Delme Quartet, BBC Lime Grove Studios
3rd May 1977 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS, The Ditchling Choral Society and Mid-Sussex Sinfonia conducted by Janet Canetty-Clarke, Worth Abbey, Sussex
Composer's note: This was the premiere of the work, which was performed along with 'The Mozart Requiem', the tenor role taken by the great Richard Lewis. After the performance the Abbot of Worth, Victor Farwell, said to me jokingly:'How dare you compose a work for the opposition, (meaning The Franciscans). Why don't you write a full-scale oratorio for Benedict whose 1500th birthday it is in 1980? Richard Lewis then said that if I would write one featuring a tenor he would perform it. I said I didn't know anything about Benedict, but the unstoppable Abbot then invited me to come and stay in the monastery and find out. I did so and there started work on 'Benedictus' (q.v.)
15th September 1976 TOCCATA FOR ORCHESTRA, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hans Vonk, Fairfield Hall, Croydon
1st May 1976 SUITE - THE UP AND DOWN MAN (FOR PIANO TRIO), Jack Rothstein, Peter Willison, Howard Blake, Norman Hayes Hall, Haywards Heath
10th September 1975 SYMPHONY NO. 1 - IMPRESSIONS OF A CITY, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Arthur Davison under the title 'Movement for orchestra', Fairfield Halls, Croydon
June 1975 PIANO QUARTET, Jack Rothstein / Kenneth Essex / Peter Willison / Howard Blake, Purcell Room, London
April 1975 PENNILLION (FOR VIOLIN AND HARP), Jack Rothstein / Annabel Etkind, Leighton House June 1976
1st July 1974 SERIES THREE, Holy Trinity choir, Holy Trinity Cuckfield
June 1974 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO, Peter Willison, Howard Blake, Purcell Room, London
As part of an 'all-Howard Blake' concert with Jack Rothstein, Kenneth Essex and Helen Watts.
5th October 1973 THREE SUSSEX SONGS, Helen Watts and the composer, Holy Trinity, Cuckfield, Sussex
15th August 1973 ALMIGHTY GOD GIVE US GRACE, Neil Page, Hurstpierpoint College choir, Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, Sussex
14th September 1971 OBOE QUINTET (for oboe and string quartet), David Powell, RCM string quartet, Royal College of Music
12th October 1959 VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF BARTOK, Thorunn Tryggvason, Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music (student concert)
5th May 1959 VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF BARTOK, Howard Blake, The Dome, Brighton (Brighton competitive musical festival)

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