Performances

This page lists future performances of Howard Blake's works. If you have information about a performance that is not listed here, please contact us so that we can add it to the diary.

Future performances of THE SNOWMAN are also listed on their own page

Future Performances

6th November 2017
- 27th January 2018
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , 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
2nd December 2017
- 17th December 2017
CONCERTINO FOR HARP AND STRINGS (opus 688) , 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
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 10th and 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)
 

17th January 2018
- 21st January 2018
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , 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.

7th July 2018 *PRELUDE FOR VOVA (opus 640) THE SNOWMAN RHAPSODY FOR SOLO PIANO (opus 663) , 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

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)

 

18th November 2018 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Olov Risberg, St. Gorans Stockholm, Sweden, tbc

tbc

Past Performances

30th September 2017 BRIEDEL LES VACHES (opus 690) , Susanne Kessel (piano) Within a long piano recital Susanne Kessel will play nine premieres and ten more piano pieces of the Beethoven project, (200th anniversary). Eight composers from Bonn will be her guests on stage to talk and discuss., Post Tower Lounge Bonn (Beethovenfest)

REVIEW

MUSIC FOR LUDWIG

Post Tower

Susanne Kessel performs new music

Probably none of the listeners on Saturday evening at the Post Tower Lounge followed the advice by Susanne Kessel to start practising the already published “250 piano pieces for Beethoven”!! For that reason the international composition project might be thought too ambitious. Nevertheless this concert, placed in the agenda of a supporting program of the Beethovenfest presented inspiring insights into contemporary composition techniques.

Kessel had nine world premieres in her program with several of the composers present to explain their works and their references to Beethoven - Otfried Büsing, Wilfrid Maria Danner, Jan Kopp, Pierre Thilloy and Ruth Wiesenfeld. Beside that Beethoven himself was performed and we also heard works by Anton Diabelli and Christian Gottlob Neefe (Beethoven’s teacher) The assembly of four premieres in the program’s second part was dramaturgically ingenious, the works by Roberto Oetomo, Alan Crossman, Kadhija Zeynalova and Howard Blake signalling a more tonal language.

Kessel explained that, while Zeynalova's “In memoriam Ludwig van Beethoven” weaves two themes from Beethoven's work together in dreamlike musical impressionism, Blake presents a solution of this “task” in a pragmatic-tongue-in-cheek manner, using a piece of music once created for an advertising spot for a Belgian milk company, where hints of the “Ode to Joy” emerge as milk pours into a glass!

The pianist from Bonn performed all of this with bravura, great flexibility and virtuosity, with a maximum of sensitivity and infectious enthusiasm for those differently sparkling compositorical references to Beethoven. This most musically-colourful concert received much applause.

Montag, 2.10.2017

Claudia Wallendorf

 

7th September 2017 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA (opus 337) ELEGIA STRAVAGANTE, DUO CONCERTANTE FOR SOLO VIOLIN, SOLO CELLO AND ORCHESTRA (opus 686) ELEGIA STRAVAGANTE, DUO CONCERTANTE FOR SOLO VIOLIN, SOLO CELLO AND ORCHESTRA (opus 686) SLEEPWALKING (for soprano and 8 cellos) (opus 505) , 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

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Bold romanticism: Howard Blake's Piano Concerto and Diversions

Howard Blake and Benedict Kloeckner performing together in 2012
Howard Blake and Benedict Kloeckner performing together in 2012
Howard Blake Sleewalking, Piano Concerto, Diversions, Elegia Stravagante; Sophie Witte, Sasha Grynuk, Benedict Kloeckner, Nicolas Dautricourt, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Blake; Cadogan Hall
Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 7 2017 Star rating: 4.0
Howard Blake's piano concerto at the centre of an evening of his complex, and dramatic concertante works

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opened its 2017/18 season with a programme of music by Howard Blake, conducted by the composer. The centrepiece of the programme was Blake's Piano Concerto, originally commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra to celebrate the 30th birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1991. Blake himself performed the taxing piano part at the premiere, this time he conducted with Sasha Grynyuk at the piano. Cellist Benedict Kloeckner was the soloist in Blake's Diversions for cello and orchestra (a work originally written for Maurice Gendron), and Kloeckner was joined by violinist Nicolas Dautricourt to give the premiere of Blake's Elegia Stravagante (Duo Concertante) for violin, cello and orchestra. The evening opened with a new version of Blake's Sleepwalking for soprano and string orchestra, with soprano Sophie Witte.

Sasha Grynyuk
Sasha Grynyuk
Howard Blake remains best known for his music for the animated film The Snowman, with the song Walking in the air remaining inextricably linked with the composer's name. But his career has been far wider and varied than this, encompassing film music including Ridley Scott's The Duellists as well as a substantial body of concert music. But if you only know Blake from The Snowman and the film music, his concert music can be something of a surprise. Tonal and approachable in a tradition that links Blake to his original composition teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, Howard Ferguson, Blake writes large scale pieces of great depth and complexity. (Read my interview with Howard Blake). 

Sleepwalking was originally written as a companion piece to Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for the same forces soprano and eight cellos. In his programme note Blake talked about finding the idea of eight cellos conjuring up the world of dreams, and his piece posits a scenario of a young woman asleep who then goes sleepwalking through various traumas before returning to sleep. Starting from atmospheric high sustained strings with the soprano vocalise over the top (the whole piece is wordless) the piece moved through seven highly contrasting movements, finally returning to the tranquillo of the opening. We had a series of highly varied moods evoked by instrumental writing very much in the English tradition of string music, from lyrical through to darker dramatic episodes. Witte sang with a lovely even tone, and a beautiful freedom at the top. A well put-together piece which did not quite take me on the journey the composer intended, and I would be interested to hear the original version.

Howard Blake's Piano Concerto is a large-scale dramatic work. It was in some ways the most conventional work in the programme, in three movements (the others were in seven or eight) and the only one to use classical sonata form. Christopher Palmer's 1991 programme note used the term Mozartian, but the composers who came to mind were Rachmaninov and Tippett; Rachmaninov for the big boned romanticism piece, particularly the piano writing, whilst Tippett for the way the piano texture sometimes eschewed showy bravura (but not complexity) and created a continuous texture which flowed over the orchestra..
The first movement started with an understated ear-worm on the piano alone, which Blake then developed into something more dramatic with tutti. Sasha Grynyuk was tireless, and indeed the piano solo got little rest in this movement. Even the cadenza eschewed virtuosity and was rather thoughtful and, unusually, ended the movement. The second movement started with solo piano chords accompanying solo violins and viola, until the tables were turned. The melodic piano line wandered expressively, but always with an elegant simplicity, and finally the whole ensemble moved the temperature up a notch and we got something richly romantic. The final movement started with a perky piano toccata, and developed into a series of variations with hints of jazz/blues. Often highly vigorous, the jaunty melody passed round the orchestra, but always with the piano to the fore over the top. Towards the end we had a simple return to the main theme in the piano before the big finish.

Blake's Piano Concerto is a terrific work, I enjoyed his recording of it (see my review) and I enjoyed this performance immensely. Sasha Grynyuk brought out the poetry in Blake's writing, and played the part with great flair. With longer rehearsal time, there would have been chance to iron out some of the issues of balance, Grynyuk's approach concentrated on poetry and nuance rather than sheer power, but overall he and the orchestra brought it off brilliantly and I hope it makes other orchestras interested.

After the interval the German cellist Benedict Kloeckner played Blake's Diversions. Originally written for Maurice Gendron (who encouraged Blake to add a cadenza and generally make the piece more virtuosic), the premiere was given by Steven Isserlis in 1989. But then it slept somewhat until Kloeckner played the version for cello and piano in the semi-finals of the European Broadcasting Union Awards in Bratislava (and went on to win the competition). Subsequently Kloeckner had played the work a number of times with Blake accompanying on the piano. But for this concert we heard the original orchestral version. It is based on an instrumental dance suite, with eight movements encompassing scherzo, march, waltz, aria serenade and sarabande, though in each Blake develops things in interesting ways. We started with Kloeckner's cello singing over an intense rather dark orchestral accompaniment. The scherzo was full of character, and toccata-lie, whilst the march developed into a really big romantic solo for the cello (and Kloeckner really made the piece sing here). The waltz was wistful and rather sly, with the cello line weaving in and out of the orchestra, and the serenade had the solo duetting with the oboe before moving into the perky sarabande which developed into a cadenza which had orchestral comments (including not quite raspberries from the bassoons). The finale was fast and furious, and completely joyous. Kloeckner clearly loves this work, and the virtuosity of the piece seems to suit him, he made everything magically engaging.

The final work in the programme was a new piece, Elegia Stravagante (Duo Concertante) for violin (Nicolas Dautricourt) and cello (Benedict Kloeckner). In seven movements, it started with violin and cello alone playing a melodic motif that sounded suspiciously like noodling, but in fact proved a fertile source for the musical inspiration of the piece. For much of the piece, the two soloists play together (in unison in some movements), and the effect was more like the structure of a baroque concerto rather than the large-scale battle of a full blown Romantic concerto.

During the work's seven movements, Blake brings back the original motif repeated in vastly different guises, creating some intense and full blown romantic moments, interspersed with episodes using different material such as a 'jazz fugue'. The two soloists often soared in unison (at one point at a 16th) over the orchestra, and the was a notably intense solo moment for Benedict Kloeckner, whilst a rather threatening orchestral passage rather evoked Walton. For the ending, there was a sense of the piece gradually unwinding, a moment for violin solo turned into a duet with the cello and the piece ended with just the two of them returning to the original motif.

This was a long and substantial concert, full of dramatic and complex music. It was a great pleasure to finally hear Blake's Piano Concerto live, as well as to experience the full orchestral colours in Diversions. Throughout Blake was supported by the sterling players of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, playing nearly two hours of complex and unfamiliar music, whilst the soloists encompassed the taxing demands of the solo parts in brilliant fashion.

Of course, no  Howard Blake concert would be complete without The Snowman and as an encore Dautricourt and Kloeckner joined Blake and the orchestra for a version of Walking in the Air specially created for the occasion

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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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encore:  'WALKING IN THE AIR'

in a new arrangement  for violin, cello and string orchestra

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A Conversation with Howard Blake

News Wednesday 2 August 2017

Hannah Nepil talks to Snowman composer Howard Blake

Let’s get one thing clear. Howard Blake has written plenty besides the music to the The Snowman. The septuagenarian British composer reminds me of this himself in no uncertain terms when we speak; not that I need it: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is doing a good job of that already, having scheduled a concert this September devoted to Blake’s orchestral output.

Still, it is undoubtedly The Snowman for which Blake is best known. So I’m relieved when, after much stalling, and protestations of ‘I don’t want to do this over the phone’, Blake finally agrees to talk about the inspiration behind the 1982 Christmas TV classic. ‘I’d had this theory back when I was a student that you could write a film with music and without any words, and sustain the story that way,’ he explains. It was several years later though - in the early 1970s - that Blake dreamt up the tune for Walking in the Air, while living in a beach hut in Cornwall for two months to get away from it all. ‘I was walking along a long beach when this tune came into my head. So I wrote it down thinking it would be the start of a symphony,’ Instead the tune sat around for eleven years, until, by coincidence, Blake was shown a demo tape for a children’s film called The Snowman. ‘I looked at it and realised that my song would fit fantastically with this visual. That sparked the whole thing off... But I said I would only compose the music on condition that there was no dialogue.’

Contrary to what many might think, Blake wrote the whole score without once meeting Raymond Briggs, the creator of the original children’s picture book on which the film is based. And the two continue to hold different attitudes to the Snowman phenomenon. Briggs, who hates Christmas, allegedly refers to it as ‘the ’S’ word’, and wants little to do with it. Blake, meanwhile, is obviously proud of it. He seems disappointed at not being asked to write the music to the sequel The Snowman and Snowdog, of which he is no fan (‘I think ‘Dog’ is the operative word. It’s a terrible film’ he chortles) and emphasises that The Snowman is something of a ‘household work.’ Still, he says, ‘whenever I’m introduced anywhere, people say: ‘This is Howard Blake, who wrote The Snowman, as though that’s the only thing I’ve ever written.’

He compares this predicament to that of Beethoven, who, in his lifetime ‘was known for a long time for having written Für Elise,’ and Rachmaninov, ‘who was celebrated for his C Sharp Minor Prelude.’ Admittedly, Blake’s career path was not as clear-cut as theirs: he spent a while working as a film projectionist at the National Film Theatre. But his musical credentials are unassailable: he played the piano and sang from childhood, then, at the age of 18, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.

And, with an output of more than 650 works, he is nothing if not prolific. ‘Everything I write is melodic; i believe that the essential ingredient of all great music is melody.’Not a fan of Boulez then? ‘I’m an extreme enemy of Boulez,’ says Blake, ‘I’ve never met anyone in my life who actually listens to his music but I have read incessant articles about him being the world’s greatest composer. I’d like to say ‘prove it.’ He continues, ‘But the last laugh is with me at the moment. There are far more people who know Walking in the Air, than know a piece by Boulez.’

This helps to explain why, in 1994, Blake received an OBE for his services to music. And why he was commissioned to write a Piano Concerto celebrating Princess Diana’s 30th birthday in 1991. ‘It was a great honour for me. I set about writing a tune which summed up Princess Diana, that was cheerful and innocent like she was.’ Evidently the results went down well: after the performance, Blake was invited up to the royal box to drink champagne with the princess. ‘She said she loved it. And actually, it was never known that her grandmother was a concert pianist, and Diana herself was quite a good pianist; in fact she could play a chunk of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto.’ He continues, ‘so when she said she enjoyed my Piano Concerto, that wasn’t some bimbo who went to discos. That was someone who played Rachmaninov.’

The Piano Concerto is one of the works that will feature in the RPO’s concert this September, marking 20 years since Diana’s death. There is one work, however, that Blake is itching to have performed in the UK: namely The Station, his 1991 chamber opera for five singers and two tea ladies. ‘It’s about waiting for trains that never come in, and it’s a super, very funny little opera. But I’ve never managed to get to know anybody in the opera world ever, so it’s rarely performed.’ Let’s hope that this upcoming RPO concert will convince music lovers that, when it comes to Blake’s compositions, a revival of interest is overdue.

Written by Hannah Nepil

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    • You might not know Howard Blake by name, but you’ll know his music. Blake is best known for his soundtrack to the classic kids’ film ‘The Snowman’ – music that has sent shivers downs the spines of millions. At this concert, the 78-year-old composer will be conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a series of music he wrote around the life and death of Princess Diana. Collectively, it’s a bittersweet body of work: ‘Piano Concerto’ was written to celebrate the princess’s thirtieth birthday, while ‘Sleepwalking’ was a response to her tragic death in 1997 and a brand-new piece, ‘Elegia Stravagante’, commemorates its twentieth anniversary. Our offer brings ticket prices down from £40 to £20. Don’t miss the chance to witness an immensely talented musician conduct his own material.

     

     


    Benedict Kloeckner Performs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the Howard Blake Concert in Cadogan Hall on Thursday 7th September

    Sep 06, 2017

     

     

    5th June 2017 A TWISTED NERVE (opus 47) , 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

    14th May 2017 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , Eveleyn Hilschmann,Muttertagskonzerte Der Philharmonie am Forum, with Rolf Schllli, Reithalle,Musikschule in Offenburg, Germany

    Dienstag, den 2. Mai 2017 um 12 Uhr in den Raum 130 der Musikschule in Offenburg.Wir möchten Ihnen das Programm und die Highlights des kommenden Muttertagskonzerts der Philharmonie am Forum vorstellen (14.5.17, Reithalle). Teilnehmen werden Rolf Schilli, Leiter der Philharmonie am Forum, sowie die Solistin Evelyn Hilschmann.

     

     




    22nd April 2017
    - 23rd April 2017
    THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Five children's concerts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    22nd March 2017 EINE FRAU OHNE NAMEN - A BALLET IN TWO ACTS (opus 669) , Robert North Dance Company with soloists choir and full orchestra conducted by Alexander Steinitz, Krefeld Opera Rheinland Germany

    Two-act ballet, the score consisting of major musical works and excerpts of works by Howard Blake. Scenario, Choreography and Direction by Robert North

    Eine Frau ohne Namen (UA)

    Ballett von Robert North
    Musik von Howard Blake (*1938)

    Eine Frau, der wir vielleicht auf der Straße, im Café oder im Kino zufällig begegnen, ist die namenlose Protagonistin in dem neuen Handlungsballett von Ballettdirektor Robert North. Beispielhaft für alle Frauen, die ihr Leben bewusst gestalten und Sinn und Erfüllung darin finden, stellt North eine ‚Frau ohne Namen’ in den Fokus seiner Choreografie und kreiert so auf feinfühlige und besonnene Weise ein tänzerisches Plädoyer für Selbstbestimmung und Individualität.
    Einfühlsam entwickelt er ihre Lebensgeschichte, beginnend mit der symbolischen Geburt: Ein Mädchen tritt in den Kreis des Lebens, wächst heran, verliebt sich. Das junge Paar heiratet, Kinder kommen zur Welt. Familiäres Glück geht einher mit beruflichem Erfolg: Die Frau ist eine kreative und fantasievolle Autorin. So tanzt sie durchs Leben, Jahr um Jahr verrinnt. Am Ende stirbt die Frau ohne Namen in den Armen ihres Mannes – und findet sich im Jenseits wieder, vom Chor der Engel fröhlich willkommen geheißen. Diese allegorische Geschichte stellt das irdische Leben in einen umfassenden existentiellen Zusammenhang und nimmt in künstlerisch freier Interpretation auch auf Motive aus der Mythologie Bezug. Die Musik zu “Eine Frau ohne Namen” komponierte Howard Blake, der vor allem durch Filmmusiken, u. a. zu dem weltbekannten Animationsfilm “The Snowman”, in seiner Heimat Großbritannien, aber auch international bekannt wurde.
    Seit vielen Jahren verbindet ihn eine freundschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mit Robert North: So entstand 1996 im Auftrag des Göteborger Opernhauses das Ballett “Eva”, welches nun nach gründlicher Revision unter dem neuen Titel “Eine Frau ohne Namen” am Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach vorgestellt wird. Howard Blake schrieb eine Partitur im klassischen Stil für großes Sinfonieorchester mit Solovioline, die sich in Prolog und zwei Akte (Das Leben einer Frau /Tod und Jenseits) gliedert. Durch Einsatz der menschlichen Stimme erweitert Blake die Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten: Eine Sopranistin und der gemischte Chor bilden eine zusätzliche musikalische Ebene, die an die Struktur eines Oratoriums erinnert.


    Musik  Howard Blake

    Musikalische Leitung: Alexander Steinitz
    Choreografie: Robert North
    Choreografieassistenz: Sheri Cook
    Bühne und Kostüme: Udo Hesse
    Dramaturgie: Regina Härtling

    Eine Frau: Karine Andrei-Sutter, Elisa Rossignoli
    Ihre Eltern: Cecile Medour, Luca Ponti
    Eine Freundin: Elisa Rossignoli, Teresa Levrini
    Erster Ehemann: Alessandro Borghesani
    Zweiter Ehemann: Raphael Peter
    Kinder: Polina Petkova, Paolo Franco
    Freunde: Takashi Kondo, Giuseppe Lazzara
    Engel: Victoria Hay
    Damen: Irene van Dijk, Jessica Gillo, Victoria Hay, Teresa Levrini, Cecile Medour, Yasuko Mogi, Zinnia Nomura, Polina Petkova, Amelia Seth
    Herren: Marco Antonio, Alessandro Borghesani, Paolo Franco, Abine Leao Ka, Robin Perizonius, Raphael Peter, Luca Ponti, Radoslaw Rusiecki

    18th March 2017
    - 19th March 2017
    *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , Evelyn Hilschmann (piano),Nikolaus Indlekofer (cond.) KIT Philharmonic Orchestra
    18th March 2017
    - 1st July 2017
    *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , 18 March 2017 Karlsruhe: Evelyn Hilschmann (piano),Nikolaus Indlekofer (cond.) KIT Philharmonic 14th May 2017 Offenburg tbc ; Evelyn Hilschmann (piano), Rolf Schilli(cond.) Philharmonie am Forum May/June 2017 Dusseldorf tbc : Constantin von Knebel Doeberitz (piano) details tba
    17th March 2017 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA (opus 337) , 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.

    11th March 2017
    - 22nd March 2017
    'TOCCATA' - A CELEBRATION OF THE ORCHESTRA (opus 386) *VIOLIN CONCERTO (THE LEEDS) (opus 441) BENEDICTUS (opus 282) PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) Sleepwalking (For Soprano and Piano Quartet) (opus 537) SUITE:A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (opus 446) , Two-act ballet, the score consisting of major musical works and excerpts of works by Howard Blake. Scenario, Choreography and Direction by Robert North, Various performances have been given at Monnchen-Gladbach Opera from 14th May - August 2016 Theater Krefeld opened their run of the work on October 2nd 2016 for various performances up to March 22nd 2017

    Ballett von Robert North
    Musik von Howard Blake (*1938)
    Sopran solo Sophie Witte. Niederrheinische Sinfoniker and choir conducted by Alexander Steinitz

    9th March 2017 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) THE DUELLISTS (opus 247) VARIATIONS FOR HARP ON A THEME FROM HENRY V (Shakespeare) (opus 346) , Isabelle Marchewka, Dusseldorf, Residenz Grafenberger Wald

    A composite album of music by William Alwyn, Malcolm Arnold, Howard Blake, Jan Friedlin, Tobias van de Locht and Miklos Rosza

    18th January 2017 THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , Snowman touring company
    6th January 2017
    - 8th January 2017
    A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (FOR STRING QUARTET) (opus 611) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , "The Snowman" with Jaume Comas (narrator), Ana Puche(soprano),The Liverpool String Quartet(Jim Clark,Sarah Hill,Daniel Sanxis,Alex Holladay.) Cesar Franck Piano Quintet with Martin Roscoe (piano) Martin Roscoe (piano), Ana Puche (soprano), Jaume Comas (narrator) and Liverpool String Quartet, Saint Vincent, Castellvell del Camp,Tarragona,Spain, January 6th, 8.00pm (other venues 7,8 tbc)


    Day: 6th Jannuary, 2017
    Hour: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Església de Santa Maria Assumpta
    Town: Maspujols

    Day: 7h Jannuary, 2017
    Hour: 20:30 pm
    Venue: Esjlésia de Sant Vicenç Màrtir
    Town: Castellvell del Camp


    Repertoire:

    - Howard Blake (OBE): A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (FOR STRING QUARTET) (opus
    611) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and
    orchestra (opus 323)

    - Cesar Frank: Quintet for Piano and Strings

    - Music from films and traditional Christmas songs.






    23rd December 2016 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323)

    The Snowman with the Pops
    December 23, 2016
    John Morris Russell, conductor

    The heart-warming animated Christmas film The Snowman has been a beloved staple of family holiday entertainment for over 30 years. Your Cincinnati Pops perform Howard Blake’s beautiful score live as the movie plays in high definition over the stage.

    20th December 2016 SNOWMAN WITH THE BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Hugh Brunt conductor, Pui Fan Lee presenter, Lighthouse,Poole

    Tuesday 20 December

    3.00PM
    Lighthouse, Poole

    The Snowman and Paddington Bear Screening with live orchestra
    Hugh Brunt CONDUCTOR Pui Fan Lee Presenter

    20th December 2016
    - 21st December 2016
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , The Snowman (screening with live music)


    <h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6> The Snowman (screening with live music)
    The Hallé
    The Snowman (screening with live music)

    Jonathon Heyward conductor | Tom Redmond narrator | TBC boy soprano


    Herbert Chappell Paddington Bear’s First Concert | Howard Blake The Snowman

    Tuesday 20 December 2016 1:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

    18th December 2016 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - AN ANIMATED FILM OF THE SONG-CYCLE (opus 664) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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: 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

     

    18th December 2016 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - AN ANIMATED FILM OF THE SONG-CYCLE (opus 664) , David Rintoul, combined choirs of Mary Erskine and Stuarts Melville Edinburgh and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Blake, an animated film by Mark Reeve and Emmett Elvin., Available on DVD from December 18th 2016
    18th December 2016 *JAMES JOYCE SONGS - a song-cycle for tenor & piano (opus 641) *TO SLEEP (opus 569) *WINTERDREAM (opus 552) A TOCCATA OF GALUPPI'S (opus 263) Earth and Air and Rain (opus 1E) SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for high voice and piano) (opus 605) WINTER THE HUNTSMAN (opus 4) , Richard Edgar Wilson (tenor, Howard Blake (piano), Aldeburgh Music

    Recordings of Howard's songs for tenor and piano made in Snape/Aldeburgh with tenor Richard Edgar Wilson and the composer as pianist, released December 18th 2016 on Highbridge Music, www.howardblake.com. Enquiries; anna@annamenzies.com

    17th December 2016 THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Graham Norton - celebrity interviewer, BBC Terry Wogan House (Broadcasting House LondoN) Saturday, December 17TH 2016

    The release of the new duet version of 'Walking in the Air' on Aled Jones's 'One Voice at Christmas' album caused a flurry of publicity over Christmas 2016. Howard was invited to take part in the top celebrity chat show on BBC Radio, the Graham Norton show, to talk about his long-lived musical career and was asked questions about his role in 'The Italian Job' with Quincy Jones, his beginnings in a pub in the Edgware Road called The Lord Chancellor, his role as pianist at Abbey Road at the time of the Beatles and how he came to write the soundtrack of the worlsd-famous animated film 'The Snowman'.

    15th December 2016 PIANO TRIO NO. 3 (Elegia Stravagante) (opus 654) PIANO TRIO NO.2 (opus 524) , The Bedriska Trio, The Menuhin School
    December 2016
    - January 2017
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Fabio Mastrangelo (conductor) 2016/2017 St.Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Yury Temirkanov Grand Philharmonic Hall, Arts Square, St. Petersburg

    Children's Christmas Music by Tchaikovsky, Howard Blake, Korngold and Rebikov. 

    December 2016 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , The newly named Classical KING FM Family Concerts presents four hour-long symphonic programs for children ages 6 to 11 and their families on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.


      Formerly called the Discover Music series, each concert is preceded by special performances and activities in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby one hour before the performance. The series will open on Halloween with Magic Circle Mime performing "Phantoms of the Orchestra," a musical adventure that includes Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, made famous by Disney's Fantasia. The series continues in December as the Symphony performs live from Howard Blake's award-winning soundtrack along with a screening of the cherished animated film, The Snowman. The Seattle Opera Youth Chorus will join the orchestra for the popular song from the film, "Walking in the Air." In March, ensemble Really Inventive Stuff will take part in a vaudeville-inspired production of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. The series closes in May as the ARC Dance Youth Company joins the Symphony on stage for an enchanting performance along with Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns.

    30th November 2016 PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA (opus 402) , A lunchtime programme of solo viola works including Bach and Blake, given by the brilliant young viola player Rosalind Ventris, St.James's Piccadilly 1.00pm

    The Prelude comes from the major choral/orchestral work 'Benedictus' ,much championed by Sir David Willcocks during his lifetime,The Prelude acts as both prologue and epilogue to the work,The soloist last performed it live in a large-scale performance in Salisbury Cathedral.

    25th November 2016 ALED JONES 'WALKING IN THE AIR' DUET VERSION FOR TENOR, TREBLE, AND STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 681) , Aled Jones, Classic FM

    LATEST NEWS

    18/10/2016 8:49pm

    ONE VOICE AT CHRISTMAS - OUT NOVEMBER 25th.


    You can buy now on this link:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Voice-Christmas-Aled-Jones/dp/B01M2VAIHR/

    Aled Jones returns to duet with himself on his brand new Classic FM album, 'One Voice at Christmas'.
     
    The follow-up to this year’s no.1 album One Voice. 
     
    • Includes hit single 'Walking in the Air' with new arrangement by Howard Blake.
    • Collaboration with John Williams on 'Silent Night'.
    • Brand new setting of 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear' composed by Howard Goodall.
    Released on 25th November on the Classic FM label.
    Following the massive success of 'One Voice' earlier this year,  Aled Jones MBE returns with a brand new duet album titled 'One Voice at Christmas' ; a collection of popular classics including his worldwide smash, 'Walking in the Air,' which was first a UK hit more than 30 years ago.
    Re-arranged for 2016 by Howard Blake, 'Walking in the Air' leads the 13-track album which includes traditional Christmas songs such as 'O Holy Night' and 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel', through to seasonal favourites including 'Little Drummer Boy' (duet with Sir Terry Wogan),  'Away in a Manger,' 'In the Bleak Midwinter' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.
    Once again,  Aled duets with his younger self – man and boy – on the album which features a brand new setting of 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear', composed by Howard Goodall, plus a collaboration with guitarist John Williams on 'Silent Night'.
    In April this year, Classic FM presenter Aled released his first duet album, 'One Voice', on the Classic FM label following the discovery of the last ever recordings of him as a boy.  A unique concept, the album went straight in at no.3 in the UK Album Chart, and dominated the no.1 position in the Classical Chart for a staggering 14 weeks.
    Aled Jones has had an extraordinary career over the past three decades. He has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, the Pope and numerous members of the Royal Family.  He has released more than 30 albums generating 8 million albums sales and counting.  He has performed across the world from the Hollywood Bowl to The Vatican and from Buckingham Palace to the Sydney Opera House, via the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.  Never staying in his comfort zone, he has performed in English, Welsh and Japanese.
    Millions know him for his radio and TV presenting work which includes his Sunday breakfast show on Classic FM and his own flagship ITV show 'Weekend'. However it is his music and his voice which has in-grained him in the fabric of music since the 1980s.  His charity work has also led to Aled to release two singles with Sir Terry Wogan, one of which is featured on the album with Little Drummer Boy.
    Aled said,  “The support I had from Classic FM for 'One Voice' was overwhelming and making the album brought back such brilliant memories. To go back in the studio and do it again for Christmas is just a dream come true. 'Walking in the Air' caps off such a great year for me and I’m thrilled to give it a new lease of life. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to the top of the Christmas chart again!”.
    One Voice at Christmas will be released on Friday 25th November on the Classic FM label.
    For more information, please visit: www.classicfm.com/shop
    One Voice at Christmas – Track Listing. 
    Produced by IAN TILLEY.
    • Walking in the Air
    • O Holy Night
    • In the Bleak Midwinter
    • Silent Night
    • O Come, O come, Emmanuel
    • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    • Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
    • Away in a Manager
    • Little Road to Bethlehem
    • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
    • Hwiangerdd Mair
    • Come unto Him
    • Little Drummer Boy

    25th November 2016 ALED JONES 'WALKING IN THE AIR' DUET VERSION FOR TENOR, TREBLE, AND STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 681) , Aled Jones tenor and treble ('One Voice'), Classic FM

    NEW RECORDING

    At the request of Aled Jones, Howard Blake has created a new arrangement of his global hit song 'Walking in the Air', which Aled Jones has recorded for Classic FM to be released November 25th 2016 as the star-track or single on his new album -  'One Voice' - volume 2.

    His current album, 'One Voice' has been at number one in the Classic FM music charts for more than 13 weeks.

    Aled will sing a completely new tenor line with orchestral backing both of which tracks have  been composed by Howard Blake. Against these tracks will be synched Aled's original treble track as recorded for EMI in 1985.

    PETER AUTY VERSION 1982

    Howard Blake wrote both words and music for the original theme-song of 'The Snowman' animated film and also orchestrated and conducted it. The first orchestral recording of the entire film including the song 'Walking in the Air' was made in CTS Studios Wembley on July 5th 1982 conducted by Howard Blake. The boy chosen as soloist was Peter Auty, at that time a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. His voice was tracked on at De Lane Lea Studios, Dean Street, London on July9th 1982, supervised by the composer. In 2016 Peter Auty is a prominent tenor soloist with Covent Garden Opera.

    ALED JONES VERSION 1985

    In 1985 Blake was contacted by advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi who asked if he would re-record 'Walking in the Air' as a track to a TV ad series for Toys 'R Us. Blake asys: 'I rang Peter Auty but his voice had unfortunately broken. I was recommended to use Aled Jones who recorded the song in Abbey Road. I was unable to conduct as I was now under contract with CBS/Masterworks in regard to 'The Snowman' which was starting to go platinum as an LP. The conductor on the EMI session was John Altman. The orchestral arrangement used was my original printed score but a couple of bars were transferred from the end of the 'dripping' scene to provide an intro. At my suggestion this version was released as a single on EMI and went on to become a chart hit (variously at no.3 and no.5.)

     

    25th November 2016
    - 26th November 2016
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , The Orchestra of the Swiss Commercial Association Zurich, Friday, 25.11.2016, 20.00 hrs Zurich (City Centre), St. Peter's Church Saturday, 26.11.2016, 19.00 hrs Thalwil (8m. from Zurich City Centre), Protestant Church

    In addition to The Snowman, music by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and Guilmant wil be performed.

    23rd November 2016
    - 1st January 2017
    ALED JONES 'WALKING IN THE AIR' DUET VERSION FOR TENOR, TREBLE, AND STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 681) THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , Birmingham Rep/Sadler's Wells/Robert North dance company, Peacock Theatre, Kingsway, London

    Aled Jones' new recording of 'Walking in the Air' was heard for the first time on 23rd November 2016 accompanying the Snowman and the boy's great aerial flying scene in the Sadler's Wells stage show /ballet at the Peacock Theatre, Kingsway, London. The album to be released by Classic FM/Global features the song as the star track of the second 'One Voice' album, Aled's classic treble recordings of himself as a boy duetting with himself as the tenor he is now in an arrangement specially created by composer and lyric-writer of the famous song from 'The Snowman' - Howard Blake.

    17th November 2016 THE SNOWMAN RHAPSODY FOR SOLO PIANO (opus 663) , Julian Trevelyan (piano), Concert presented by 'Talent Unlimited' at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, London, 7.00pm

    Astounding performance last night at St James Piccadilly of ‘Snowman Rhapsody’ by Howard Blake, by 18-year-old Julian Trevelyan. Haven’t heard him before – and was very impressed indeed. Certainly a major new British talent on the piano scene. Remember the name, and watch this space !

    'The Snowman Rhapsody is a solo piano concert arrangement of the music from the film and stage show' and is a new arrangement specially created by the composer. First performance to be given by Julian Trevelyan, the English piano prodigy who won the prestigious Marguerite Long piamo prize at the age of 16. It is circa 43 minutes in length and will fill the first half of the programme, The second half will consist of Music for Christmas.

    Snowman Rhapsody op.663 (2016)

    A concert arrangement for solo piano. Duration c.43 minutes
    Published by: Chester Music/Music Sales/Highbridge Music
    Instrumentation: Solo piano
    Duration: 43 mins
    First Performance: St James's Piccadilly, Talent Unlimited, Julian Trevelyan, November 17th 2016
    .

    Movements

    • 1: WAKING TO A WORLD OF SNOW
    • 2: FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW
    • 3: BUILDING THE SNOWMAN
    • 4: BEDTIME FROLICS
    • 5: THE SNOWMAN COMES TO LIFE
    • 6: THE CAT
    • 7: THE CHRISTMAS TREE
    • 8: THE KITCHEN
    • 9: THE LIGHTSWITCH
    • 10: TROPICAL FRUIT CAYPSO
    • 11: THE MUSIC BOX
    • 12: THE MOTOR BIKE
    • 13: THE RABBIT AND THE FOX
    • 14: THE BADGER
    • 15: THE SQUIRREL
    • 16: THE SNOWMAN IS DRIPPING
    • 17: THE SNOWMAN RECOVERS
    • 18: DREAMS OF FLYING
    • 19: WALKING IN THE AIR
    • 20: THE FROZEN NORTH
    • 21: FATHER CHRISTMAS
    • 22: THE DANCE OF THE SNOWMEN
    • 23: THE ICE-PRINCESS AND THE SNOWMAN (PAS DE DEUX)
    • 24: JACK FROST'S STORM DANCE
    • 25: FAREWELLS
    • 26: FLYING HOME
    • 27: BOY SLEEPING
    • 28: NEXT MORNING
    • 29: THE SNOWMAN IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN

    Programme note for 'Snowman Rhapsody'

    In 2006 Robert Matthew Walker, music critic and editor of Musical Opinion attended a performance of the 2-act stage show 'The Snowman' at The Peacock Theatre and wrote: 'Howard Blake's ballet "The Snowman" is now such a part of the Christmas Season in London that it deserves to be produced again and again well into the 22nd century. It is one of those rare theatrical pieces that appeals and impresses theatregoers of all ages. Musically, the score is a masterpiece. I do not use the word lightly. Howard Blake's world famous song 'Walking in the Air', with which Aled Jones had such a success, is used as a basis for a virtually continuous set of symphonic variations; a subtle and fully-wrought score which entrances the ears of all who are brought into the magical world it conjures up'. Both the original animated film and the later-created ballet were of course originally scored for orchestra, but the composer is also a pianist and over the years has often played excerpts on piano, the most notable being that of the song 'Walking in the Air' which in 2013 was recorded by no less a colleague than Vladimir Ashkenazy. The success of this prompted Blake to pursue the concept further, assembling all those sections of the Snowman music which he felt might lend themselves to piano transcription and gradually creating an immense concert work for solo piano lasting about 43 minutes. Although continuous the work contains many different sections the names of which are printed in the programme. It is thought that perhaps an addition to the work's entertainment may well be derived from the guesswork of trying to identify the sections by the different styles and emotions conveyed by their music.

    [Howard Blake]

     

    Performances

    17th November 2016

    'The Snowman Rhapsody, a solo piano concert arrangement of the music from the film and stage show' (a new arrangement specially created by the composer. First performance)

    To be performed by Julian Trevelyan, the prize-winning 17-year old English pianist, in a programme of Christmas Music.


     

    9th November 2016 FESTIVAL MASS (for a cappella double choir) (opus 377) , Choristers of King's College conducted by Joseph Fort, King's College Chapel, London University, 1.10 pm
    4th November 2016
    - 6th November 2016
    FLUTE QUINTET (for flute and string quartet) (opus 493) , The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble,Philadelphia USA - Jennifer Haas vn, William Polk vn, Burchard Tang va, John Koen vc. David Cramer flute

    Program 

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

    Trio in E-flat major, K. 498, for clarinet, viola, and piano

    Andante

    Menuetto

    Rondeaux: Allegretto

     

    Paul Pierné (1874–1952)

    Variations on “Clair de Lune,” for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp

     

    Howard Blake (1938–)

    Quintet, op. 493, for flute and string quartet

    Allegro cantando

    Scherzo con spirito

    Andante espressivo

    Marcia giocoso

     

    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

    Quintet in E-flat major, op. 44, for piano and string quartet


     

    Howard Blake

    Quintet for flute and strings

    There were no professional musicians in the Blake family of Brighton, but teachers quickly recognized Howard’s talent and eventually steered him into the Royal College of Music. He became active as a pianist, composer, and conductor in the commercial music world in London, composing a great deal for television (notably for the 1960s cult spy drama “The Avengers”) and film. Blake’s best-known score is “The Snowman,” originally for a short 1982 animated movie, later reworked into a concert piece and several stage versions. As his career developed further he began to concentrate on classical concert music. His catalog of works runs to nearly 700 opus numbers and he continues to add to it as well as to perform.

    Blake’s melodic material is usually simple and attractive, though it may be worked out with considerable artistry. His style seems familiar without evoking any particular idiom from the past. An example of his slightly out-of-the-box approach comes at the beginning of this quintet, where the flute plays against a background of strings playing tremolando—a shimmering effect more typical of orchestral music than chamber music, but extremely effective here.

    Blake composed this quintet in September 1996. He says, “the first movement is quite simply a long-drawn-out melody which the flute ‘sings’ and then elaborates expressively.” There follows “a rapid, syncopated movement with a ‘floating’ middle section.” Then comes “a slow theme and a variation, culminating in a short cadenza, which leads to…a mischevous ‘whistling’ march…interrupted by a second cadenza from which re-emerges a shimmering version of the theme from the first movement that now accelerates with a crescendo into a short and energetic coda.”

    November 2016 THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , Bellevue Ballet, Seattle USA
    2nd October 2016
    - 3rd October 2016
    PIANO QUINTET - FANTASY - 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM' for violin, viola, cello, contrabass, piano and soprano (opus 677) SLEEPWALKING (for soprano vocalise, solo cello and piano) (opus 599) , Nicolas Dautricourt(violin), Lech Uszynsky (viola), Benedict Kloeckner (cello), Edicson Ruiz (double-bass), Howard Blake (piano), Sophie Witte (solo soprano), Internationales Musikfestival Koblenz

     Sunday 2nd October, 21.00 pm - late-evening concert

    [Notes by the composer]

    'SLEEPWALKING'

    A work for soprano, cello and piano

    The work's title is also the title of this late-night concert -'Sleepwalking', the European premiere of a work for soprano vocalise, solo cello and piano. It conjures up the world of dreams, evoking the surreal landscape of the unconscious through which a woman walks, singing wordlessly with closed eyes like a painting by Fuseli or Delvaux. As it begins she lies in a deep untroubled sleep (Tranquillo). Images of childhood (Allegretto) give way to memories of a great occasion -perhaps a marriage? (Maestoso). A crazily-animated helter-skelter of notes suggests laughter and gaiety, yet with fears and dangers (Vivace). There is a memory of tragic , yearning love  (Adagio) but the memory is broken by nightmare images of vengeance and death (Allegro Furioso). There is a waking moment, then a return to sleep (Tranquillo).

     Monday 3rd October 5.00pm - Farewell concert

    PIANO QUINTET

    Fantasy for Piano Quintet and soprano

     The world-premiere performance of a new Piano Quintet, for violin, viola, cello, double-bass and piano with solo soprano, commissioned by The International Music Festival Koblenz as a companion-piece to the great Quintet 'Die Forelle' by Schubert and having the same instrumentation.  The material is adapted from the music for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' originally composed by Howard Blake for the Royal Shakespeare Company's feature-film of Shakespeare's play (1995) and this performance also celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Bard (1616-2016) It is in 13 linked movements:


    • 1: How slow this old moon wanes
      Nocturne, Larghetto misterioso
    • 2: Enter Bottom the weaver
      Robusto, giocoso
    • 3: How now spirit, wither wander you?
      Presto
    • 4: Ill-met by moonlight
      Misterioso
    • 5: I heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
      Reverie (vocalise) Melodioso
    • 6: Ye spotted snakes (song, soprano)
      Con spirito
    • 7: The ass's head
      Presto
    • 8: Flight to fairy-land
      Molto animato
    • 9: Hermia sleeps
      Molto tranquillo
    • 10: Triumphal march
      Grandioso
    • 11: Rustic dance
      Allegro con spirito
    • 12: Celebration
      Vivo
    • 13: Farewell
      Piu tranquillo (with vocalise)



     


    27th August 2016 VARIATIONS FOR HARP ON A THEME FROM HENRY V (Shakespeare) (opus 346) , Isabelle Marchewka harp, Part of a Shakespeare evening at the Evangelical Church Moers, nr Dusseldorf
    16th July 2016
    - 24th September 2016
    SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , Churchgate Wind Octet, Walsham Le Willows Church nr. Bury St. Edmonds 16th July 2016 and at St John's Church Bury St Edmonds on Sept 24th 2016
    16th July 2016
    - 24th September 2016
    SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , St. John's Church, Bury St. Edmonds
    15th July 2016
    - 6th August 2016
    *SPIELTRIEB (string quartet in one movement) (opus 594) A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (FOR STRING QUARTET) (opus 611) INVOCATION (for flute, clarinet and piano) (opus 601) LIFECYCLE (opus 489) PENNILLION (for flute,clarinet and piano) (opus 600) SUITE: THE DUELLISTS (for flute, clarinet and piano) (opus 603) , Quartet de corda com jubilo, Baix Camp, Tarragona (Consell Comarcal del Baix Camp and Comaigua festival) President: Joaquim Calatayud Casals

    MUSIC BY HOWARD BLAKE

    STRING QUARTETS PLAYED BY THE QUARTET DE CORDA CUM JUBILO (15, 16, 17 JULY)

    ' A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY'

    'SPIELTRIEB'  (WITH QUARTETS BY SHOSTAKOVICH AND BORODIN)

     TRIOS FOR FLUTE , CLARINET AND PIANO (5 AND 6 AUGUST)

      TRIO FOR FLUTE CLARINET AND PIANO op.25 (January 1964)
    A Trio In Three Movements derived from the music of Howard's film 'A few
    days'
    Movements1: Allegretto  2: Andante - Waltz - Andante 3: Allegro Assai

     SUITE: THE DUELLISTS op.603
    An arrangement of music from the Ridley Scott's film 'The Duellists'

      INVOCATION  op.601 (June 2009) Concert piece in one movemen

     PENNILLION  op.600 The and variations

    From the piano Music Album "Lifecycle", Mrs. Liana Baronaite chooses some of its pieces to  be played as an introduction for the concert.

    OTHER PIECES BY FAURE, SAINT-SAENS, MARTINU AND RAVEL

    ARS AUREA SONORA (Jordi Borràs Gelonch, manager)
    C/St. Vicenç n7 2nd  43392 CASTELLVELL DEL CAMP (TARRAGONA) SPAIN

    11th July 2016 Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489u) , Howard Blake piano, Sancta Maria Chapel, Iggesund - in memoriam Marie-Louise Joseph
    27th May 2016 *THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS (for basset clarinet and piano) (opus 566) , Ewan Zuckert (basset-clarinet), Royal College of Music
    14th May 2016
    - 8th July 2016
    'TOCCATA' - A CELEBRATION OF THE ORCHESTRA (opus 386) *VIOLIN CONCERTO (THE LEEDS) (opus 441) BENEDICTUS (opus 282) PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) Sleepwalking (For Soprano and Piano Quartet) (opus 537) SUITE:A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (opus 446) , Ballet by Robert North, Music by Howard Blake, 20 performances in Monnchen Gladbach Opera House (and more planned for Krefeld Opera House) *Matinee at 11.15am on 8th May at the opera house when the creative team talked about the creation of the work. Premiere 14th May. *Premiere to take place at the opera house at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th May

    Two-act ballet, the score consisting of major musical works and excerpts of works by Howard Blake. Scenario, Choreography and Direction by Robert North

    Eine Frau ohne Namen (UA)

    Ballett von Robert North
    Musik von Howard Blake (*1938)

    Eine Frau, der wir vielleicht auf der Straße, im Café oder im Kino zufällig begegnen, ist die namenlose Protagonistin in dem neuen Handlungsballett von Ballettdirektor Robert North. Beispielhaft für alle Frauen, die ihr Leben bewusst gestalten und Sinn und Erfüllung darin finden, stellt North eine ‚Frau ohne Namen’ in den Fokus seiner Choreografie und kreiert so auf feinfühlige und besonnene Weise ein tänzerisches Plädoyer für Selbstbestimmung und Individualität.
    Einfühlsam entwickelt er ihre Lebensgeschichte, beginnend mit der symbolischen Geburt: Ein Mädchen tritt in den Kreis des Lebens, wächst heran, verliebt sich. Das junge Paar heiratet, Kinder kommen zur Welt. Familiäres Glück geht einher mit beruflichem Erfolg: Die Frau ist eine kreative und fantasievolle Autorin. So tanzt sie durchs Leben, Jahr um Jahr verrinnt. Am Ende stirbt die Frau ohne Namen in den Armen ihres Mannes – und findet sich im Jenseits wieder, vom Chor der Engel fröhlich willkommen geheißen. Diese allegorische Geschichte stellt das irdische Leben in einen umfassenden existentiellen Zusammenhang und nimmt in künstlerisch freier Interpretation auch auf Motive aus der Mythologie Bezug. Die Musik zu “Eine Frau ohne Namen” komponierte Howard Blake, der vor allem durch Filmmusiken, u. a. zu dem weltbekannten Animationsfilm “The Snowman”, in seiner Heimat Großbritannien, aber auch international bekannt wurde.
    Seit vielen Jahren verbindet ihn eine freundschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mit Robert North: So entstand 1996 im Auftrag des Göteborger Opernhauses das Ballett “Eva”, welches nun nach gründlicher Revision unter dem neuen Titel “Eine Frau ohne Namen” am Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach vorgestellt wird. Howard Blake schrieb eine Partitur im klassischen Stil für großes Sinfonieorchester mit Solovioline, die sich in Prolog und zwei Akte (Das Leben einer Frau /Tod und Jenseits) gliedert. Durch Einsatz der menschlichen Stimme erweitert Blake die Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten: Eine Sopranistin und der gemischte Chor bilden eine zusätzliche musikalische Ebene, die an die Struktur eines Oratoriums erinnert.

    Vorstellungen

    ///// Theater Mönchengladbach
    08.05.16: Matinee zu Eine Frau ohne Namen
    So 08. 05. 2016
    11:15 Uhr // Karten
    Premiere
    Sa 14. 05. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten
    Do 19. 05. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten
    So 22. 05. 2016
    18:00 Uhr // Karten
    Fr 10. 06. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten
    Di 14. 06. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten
    Sa 18. 06. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten
    Sa 25. 06. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten
    Mi 06. 07. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten
    Fr 08. 07. 2016
    19:30 Uhr // Karten


    Besetzung

    Musikalische Leitung: Alexander Steinitz
    Choreografie: Robert North
    Choreografieassistenz: Sheri Cook
    Bühne und Kostüme: Udo Hesse
    Dramaturgie: Regina Härtling

    Eine Frau: Karine Andrei-Sutter, Elisa Rossignoli
    Ihre Eltern: Cecile Medour, Luca Ponti
    Eine Freundin: Elisa Rossignoli, Teresa Levrini
    Erster Ehemann: Alessandro Borghesani
    Zweiter Ehemann: Raphael Peter
    Kinder: Polina Petkova, Paolo Franco
    Freunde: Takashi Kondo, Giuseppe Lazzara
    Engel: Victoria Hay
    Damen: Irene van Dijk, Jessica Gillo, Victoria Hay, Teresa Levrini, Cecile Medour, Yasuko Mogi, Zinnia Nomura, Polina Petkova, Amelia Seth
    Herren: Marco Antonio, Alessandro Borghesani, Paolo Franco, Abine Leao Ka, Robin Perizonius, Raphael Peter, Luca Ponti, Radoslaw Rusiecki

     

    14th May 2016 EINE FRAU OHNE NAMEN - A BALLET IN TWO ACTS (opus 669) , Monnchen Gladbach Opera
    6th April 2016 'HEARTBEAT' - A CONCERTO FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE (opus 671) , Simon Bates solo tenor saxophone with The Royal Armoured Corps Big Band, 2016 National Concert Band Festival, Royal Northern College of Music
    13th March 2016 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (opus 248) , Saint Margaret's Church Blackheath London SE 13 7.30
    25th February 2016 PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA (opus 402) , Rivka Golani
    24th December 2015
    - 25th December 2015
    THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) , Music score composed and conducted by Howard Blake including the song: 'Walking in the air' for which he also wrote the lyrics; vocal soloist St.Paul's Cathedral chorister Peter Auty; Orchestra: The Sinfonia of London; story based on a picture-book by Raymond Briggs developed into a half-hour film animation storyboard directed by Dianne Jackson, with flying scene animation by Steve Weston. Producer John Coates (TVC) for Channel 4 Television 1982., Channel 4 Television

    Three 2015 tv Christmas showings of 'The Snowman'

    Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December) 

    7.40am- 8.05am - Channel 4

    4.55pm - 5.20pm - Channel 4

    Christmas Day (Friday 25th December)

    7pm- 7.25pm - E4

    22nd December 2015
    - 23rd December 2015
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Stephen Bell cond, Tom Redmond presenter, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

    22nd Dec 1.30pm and 4.00pm

    23rd Dec 1.30pm and 4.00pm

    21st December 2015 SNOWMAN FULL LENGTH STRING QUARTET (with Catalan narration) (opus 612a) , Liverpool String Quartet, The Nordic Church, Liverpool City Centre
    18th December 2015 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Zara Benyounes (violin), Jeremy Young (piano), Alfriston Parish Church, Sussex
    7th December 2015
    - 8th December 2015
    *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) FLUTE QUINTET (for flute and string quartet) (opus 493) SNOWMAN FULL LENGTH STRING QUARTET (with Catalan narration) (opus 612a) , The Liverpool String Quartet with Jaume Comas as narrator of The Snowman. Concerts produced by Ars Aurea Sonora (director Jordi Borras) with the support of 'Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de Cultura, 7th December Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet. 8th December Manresa Cathedral
    29th November 2015 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Tonhalle Orchester Zurich
    28th November 2015 FLASH GORDON (opus 293) , 'It is 35 years since the release of the 1980 cinema feature film Flash Gordon and its ever-growing cult status is evidenced by the production of a documentary film about how it was made. I hev recorded a filmed interview in which I speak of my exacting role as musical director, composer, arranger and conductor of the score, which included adaptation of work by Freddie Mercury and the group 'Queen', with whom I later shared a joint British Academy Award.

    BAFTA Piccadilly 28th November 6.00pm

    25th November 2015
    - 31st January 2016
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , Sadlers Wells in association with Birmingham Rep, Peacock Theatre etc
    24th November 2015
    - 28th November 2015
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Swedish Chamber Orchestra directed by Katerina Andreassen, Orebro,Sweden
    21st November 2015 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) , David Halls, Salisbury Music Society: orchestra, choir, soloists tba, Salisbury Cathedral

    The concert will consist of 'The Passion of Mary' and CPE Bach's 'Magnificat'

    17th November 2015 'AN ELEPHANT CALLED SLOWLY' - CONCERT SUITE (opus 674) , Simon Bates Big Band, Loxwood Jazz and Blues, Loxwood (Chichester)

    Following the success of 'Heartbeat' on June 5th 2015 the band decided to repeat it on November 17th, asking Howard if he could come up with a new piece to accompany it. Howard returned to his score for the sequel to 'Born Free' in 1969 and re-created it in the form of a concert suite for big band.

    17th November 2015 'AN ELEPHANT CALLED SLOWLY' - CONCERT SUITE (opus 674) 'HEARTBEAT' - A CONCERTO FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE (opus 671) TWISTED NERVE (opus 675) , Simon Bates Big Band, Loxwood Jazz and Blues
    13th November 2015 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - AN ANIMATED FILM OF THE SONG-CYCLE (opus 664)

    Presentation and screening of the 'The Land of Counterpane' in Edinburgh

    13th November 2015 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - AN ANIMATED FILM OF THE SONG-CYCLE (opus 664)

    A presentation of the new symphonic aninated  film 'The Land of Counterpane' introduced by its composer, producer and director, Howard Blake

    12th November 2015 *GOD BE MERCIFUL UNTO US AND BLESS US (Motet) (opus 494) *JUBILATE DEO (opus 406) *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY (opus 546) *STILL FALLS THE RAIN (opus 495) *THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (opus 532) A TOCCATA OF GALUPPI'S (opus 263) FESTIVAL MASS (for a cappella double choir) (opus 377) WALKING IN THE AIR (a cappella version for S.A.T, 2 Bar., Bass) (opus 585) , Canticum Choir conducted by Mark Forkgen, St. Paul's Knightsbridge

    JUBILATE DEO (choir & organ - Opus 406* commissioned by Abington Presbyterian Church, Penn. USA 1990)

    FESTIVAL MASS (a cappella 8-part double choir - Opus 377* commissioned by The Three Choirs Festival, Worcester 1987)

    THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (organ solo - Opus 532* (commissioned for Dame Gillan Weir by The Usher Hall, Edinburgh 2003)

    WALKING IN THE AIR (a cappella choir - Opus 585* commissioned by the Stockholm Boys Choir 2007)

    INTERVAL

     MOTET: GOD BE MERCIFUL UNTO US AND BLESS US (a cappella choir - Opus 494 - commissioned by St. Margaret's Westminster & 1st performed there in 1996)

    STILL FALLS THE RAIN (choir & organ - Opus 495* - commissioned by  Chester Bach Singers 1997)

    A TOCCATA OF GALUPPI'S (solo voice & harpsichord - Opus 263 - commissioned and 1st performed by Michael Leighton Jones, baritone with Howard Blake, harpsichord, on BBC Radio 3 1978 - 1st London concert performance)

    SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY (choir & organ - Opus 546* - The Elgar Commission for the Worcester Three Choirs Festival  2005)

    * = 1st London performance



    4th November 2015
    - 5th November 2015
    THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - AN ANIMATED FILM OF THE SONG-CYCLE (opus 664) , Mary Erskine Choir, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and David Rintoul feature in two premiere performances of an animated film based on a song-cycle of poems by Robert Louis Stevenson originally set to music by Howard Blake who will talk about the origin of the work in 1993 and the development and making of the film in 2014/15. To be given before an invited audience of pupils, ex-pupils, parents and all those involved in the projec over these years., Mary Erskine Arts Centre, Edinburgh

    tba

    29th October 2015 Trio For Flute, Cello and Harp (opus 559) , Valeria Kurbatova harp, St. Mary's Church, The Boltons 7.15pm

    A concert in aid of the Royal Lifebooat Institution

    2nd October 2015 SIEBEN ZERSCHMETTERTE VIOLONCELLI (opus 672) , Benedict Koeckner solo cello, Kronberg Academy

    The concept of the concert includes an interview next to a sculpture that should inspire to a composition - 4 new sculptures inspire 4 composers to new solo works (5-7min). The work will be for cello solo, played by Benedict - the sculpture designated is
    Music power, 1988 von Arman (USA) exhibited 1928 in Nizza / Nice (France), 2005 in New York.

    Howard Blake  writes:

    I am asked to react to the Arman sculpture and to be inspired by it. When commissioned for a specific purpose I let my mind run freely around the subject. I see seven old and probably worthless cellos piled up as if in a funeral pyre. As a musician I hate to see instruments treated as worthless objects. Instruments should always be treated with respect, even if they are past their sell-by date. They should be venerated for the glorious sounds which they are capable of making. So what was Arman’s thought behind it?

    I had bought a new book on the history of jazz and turning to 1928 saw that an attempt had been made to incorporate cello into jazz in that year. There was at least one notable American jazz cellist called Fred Katz, but on the whole the experiment didn’t work. Perhaps there were seven other cellists who tried it and gave up?  Well, perhaps I should write a cello jazz piece?

    The number seven is significant. ‘It combines the union of the ternary and quaternary and hence is endowed with exceptional value...symbolic of perfect order...the number forming the basic series of musical notes, of colours and of the planetary spheres...also of the capital sins and their opposing virtues...and finally the symbol of pain ’ (Dictionary of symbols : J E Cirlot) . Turning eastwards it is also the number of  the Chakras and this led me to the idea of composing seven pieces, one for each chakra:

    Sieben Zerschmetterte Violoncelli , Howard Blake Opus

    1. Muladhara – the sacral plexus, the base, libido.

    2. Svadishthana – overt sexual desire

    3. Manipura – the solar plexus, the stomach brain of stored-up energy

    4. Anahat – the heart, breath

    5. Visuadha – the throat, speech

    6. Aina – the third eye, clairvoyance

    7. Sahasrara – the thousand-petalled lotus, the brain, where matter ascends to spirit

    26th September 2015 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - AN ANIMATED FILM OF THE SONG-CYCLE (opus 664) , Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mary Erskine Choir and speaker (tba). Conductor Howard Blake, Mary Erskine Hall, Edinburgh
    16th September 2015
    - 5th October 2015
    LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , Jenni Fleming (piano), Queensland Conservatorium 16 September Gold Coast Arts Centre 5 October

     
    Jenni Flemming
    Artistic Director 
    Australian Piano Duo Festival
     

    16th September 2015 ALL DONE WITH MIRRORS (opus 51) MY WILDEST DREAM (opus 49) NOON DOOMSDAY (opus 54) SUPER SECRET CYPHER SNATCH (opus 52) TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER (opus 57) THE INTERROGATORS (opus 56) WHO WAS THAT MAN I SAW YOU WITH? (opus 58) WISH YOU WERE HERE (opus 55) , Howard Blake will be interviewed about the legacy of music produced for ITV over the years - including his own involvement with 'The Avengers'., ITV Television first national screening at 8.00pm on 16th September 2015
    29th August 2015 *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) PENNILLION (for violin and piano) (opus 571) SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Alicia Smietana and Sasha Grynyuk, Dunblane Cathedral

    A programme of music for violin and piano by Howard Blake

    2nd August 2015 *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) , Sasha Grynyuk, Buccleuch and Queensberry Hotel, Thornhill, Scotland 3.30pm

    Franz Schubert – Four Impromptus, D.899 (Op.90)
    Howard Blake – "Speech after Long silence"
    Frédéric Chopin – Preludes, Op.28

    19th July 2015 SINFONIETTA (opus 300) , Presented by Michael Leighton Jones, 'Sinfonietta' will be the centrepiece in a spectacular for brass at St John's church East Malvern, Melbourne, Australia.
    18th July 2015 THE DUELLISTS for solo piano (opus 646) , Sasha Puttnam plays music from the films of David Puttnam including the theme from 'The Duellists.', Bridgewater Hall
    16th July 2015 PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA (opus 402) , Rivka Golani solo viola, International Bartok Seminar and Festival, Szombathely, Hungary
    2nd July 2015 THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS (opus 271) , Howard Blake writes: The first meeting of a club to celebrate the book and film of 'The Riddle of the Sands' (THE RIDDLE OF THE SAND ADVENTURE CLUB) began with a full screening of the feature film of 1978 for which I wrote ths music. I was invited along by Sean Geer who is one of the founder-members, and I made a speech telling how I came to work on the project. Full detalis of the new club and its inception are shown in the link below, Arthur Beale's ship chandlery in Shaftesbury Anvenue and St Giles Church Soho

    http://riddleofthesands.net/wordpress/2015/06/23/a-pilot-version-of-the-film-club-arthur-beale-july-2-from-1830/

    22nd June 2015 ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR (excerpt from 'Wonderland') (opus 668) ,
    21st June 2015 FANTASY-TRIO, PIANO TRIO NO.1 (opus 662) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) PIANO TRIO NO. 3 (Elegia Stravagante) (opus 654) STRING TRIO (opus 199) , Daniel Bhattacharya, violin, Bruce White, viola, Peter Adams cello, Sasha Grynyuk, piano, Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF concert Sunday 5.00pm

    A concert of music by Howard Blake presented by The Brighton Philharmonic Society including the premiere of Piano Trio no,1 composed in Brighton when the composer was 17,

                                       

     



     

    15th June 2015
    - 3rd July 2015
    *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) , Sasha Grynyuk, International Tchaikovsky Ccmpetition

    Pianist Sasha Grynyuk who stepped in so brilliantly to take Howard's place in concerts in London during April-May 2015 has chosen to play this virtuoso test-piece composed for the Hong Kong competition in 2011 at the behest of Vladimir Ashkenazy. We wish him the greatest good luck!

    12th June 2015 *TU ES LE GISANT (opus 469) , Danae Eleni soprano, Jonathan Dods,organ (First London performance), St Michael and All Angels Church Bedford Park,London. 12.30pm

    Composer's note: In Summer 1994 I was staying in a beautiful little turreted chateau in Lozere with my friends the Deschamps, whose daughter Isabelle is a poet. In the grounds I came across a tiny ancient chapel with a tiny harmonium and a stone carving of a mediaeval ancestor - un gisant. I asked Isabelle about it and she told me she had written a poem about it. I went back to the chapel where I composed this setting of the poem as a song for soprano and harmonium. It was not performed until 2015 when Danae asked about it and gave a first performance in Berlin.

    5th June 2015 'HEARTBEAT' - A CONCERTO FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE (opus 671) , Simon Bates solo tenor saxophone with the Simon Bates Big Band, Steyning Jazz Club
    5th June 2015 'HEARTBEAT' - A CONCERTO FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE (opus 671) , Simon Bates and big band, Steyning Jazz Club

    'Heartbeat'- a rousing first perfomance. A programme of classic numbers from Count Basie, Duke Ellimgton , Stan Kenton and others preceded a first performance of Howard Blake's 'Heartbeat' for solo tenor sax and big band, to great applause. 'Heartbeat' was originally commissioned by BBC Brighton as a piece for jazz quintet and string orchestra but this was the first perfomance of a new version specially made by the composer for tenor sax soloist (Simon Bates) and big band.

    17th May 2015 *ALL GOD'S CREATURES (opus 468) , RSNO Junior Chorus Showcase, RSNO with conductor Christopher Bell, 17th May 2015 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
    10th May 2015 *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Sasha Grynyuk, piano and Alicya Smietana violin, The Dysart, Petersham, Richmnond, Surrey
    10th May 2015 *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Sasha Grynyuk and Alicya Smietana, The Dysart, Petersham

    Tremendous performances ffrom both players in an informal atmosphere close to Richmond Park

    24th April 2015 ARCHANGELS' LULLABY (for cello and piano) (opus 436A) CELLO SONATA (opus 619) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (opus 629) WALKING IN THE AIR FOR CELLO & PIANO (opus 620A) , Benedict Kloeckner, cello and Hoeward Blake, piano, Genuin records/SWR

    [DIVERSIONS (cello and piano)] [ARCHANGELS' LULLABY (for cello and piano)] [PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano)] [CELLO SONATA] [WALKING IN THE AIR FOR CELLO & PIANO] [THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO]

    by Greg Applegate in Gapplegate 24/4/2015

    Howard Blake, Diversions, Benedict Kloeckner

    An English composer with a pronounced lyrical gift, Howard Blake (b. 1938) is perhaps best known for his soundtrack to the feature cartoon, "The Snowman," which has a hauntingly beautiful refrain "Walking in the Air" for boy soprano and orchestra. He has a body of more "serious" works though, and we can hear some of how that sounds on a new recording featuring works for cello and piano, Diversions (SWR2/Genuin 15346). Benedict Kloeckner takes on the cello role for these works and sounds terrific. Howard Blake himself handles the piano part with dramatic credibility.

    These are modern lyric pieces that show us Blake the gritty but mellifluous contemporary composer in a series of six compositions, all but one enjoying world premier recordings in the versions presented. This is music of a pronounced tonality but without anything in the way of a neo-classical glance at the past. He may certainly have something of the romantic in him, but like Samuel Barber it is so individual that you don't find yourself saying, "yes, that is Brahmsian...that is Mendelssohnian, etc." The works hold their own as contemporary music with a pronounced Blakean signature affixed. There is nothing banally "new age" sounding to them either. The music is filled with inventive flourishes that evince a fertile creative mind at work.

    The piano parts occasionally step into the spotlight but mostly this is music that gives the cellist a chance to take a singing melodic lead. Kloeckner responds with an extraordinarily vibrant tone and rhapsodic lucidity.

    There is nothing in the way of filler. Each work has something to say. We get a touching rendition of "Walking in the Air" that reminds us how well-constructed the deceptively straightforward song is. But then we get more complexly lyrical works in the title work "Diversions for Cello & Piano," in "Pennillion for Cello & Piano," the "Cello Sonata," and "The Enchantment of Venus." The program concludes with a short and very lovely "Archangel's Lullaby" and we are done.

    This is music any classical Anglophile will appreciate. It has an accessibility that will appeal to a large audience, potentially. And it is rousingly good music. It is not high modernist but it is thoroughly contemporary. It has a special quality to it that belongs very much to the musical personality of Howard Blake.

    Very much recommended.

    21st April 2015 A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (opus 374) , Paul Daniel conducting The Northern Philarmonia, The Suite for String Orchestra presented on KUSC by Jim Svejda (The Evening Programme)
    17th April 2015 CELLO SONATA (opus 619) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) Speech after long silence (for cello and piano) (opus 658) THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (opus 629) , Benedict Kloeckner cello, Howard Blake piano, Milton Court, (London Barbican)
    17th April 2015 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) PIANO TRIO NO. 3 (Elegia Stravagante) (opus 654) PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA (opus 402) THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (opus 629) , Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Rivka Golani(viola), Benedict Kloeckner (cello), Sasha Grynyuk (piano), Milton Court, The Barbican, London Concert arranged by Lisa Peacock
    17th April 2015 MILTON COURT, HOWARD BLAKE CHAMBER MUSIC, MILTON COURT

    13th April 2015

    THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (opus 629) , Benedict Kloeckner cello, Anna Fedorava piano, Uferhalle, Uferstrasse 8, Berlin

    Works by Franck and Blake

    12th April 2015 Sunday Times 12th April 2015

    12th April 2015

    ARTICLE IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, RE CHAMER MUSIC CONCERT AT MILTON COURT BARBICAN

    29th March 2015
    - 30th June 2015
    ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR (excerpt from 'Wonderland') (opus 668) , Matthew Trusler violin and Ashley Vass piano, Guildford Cathedral(followed by a tour starting with Oxford on the 29th March)

    'ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR' SECTION OF MEDLEY-PIECE BY VARIOUS COMPOSERS BASED ON 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND'

    27th March 2015 Passing Time (opus 445)

    A theme from the Hammer film 'Lost Continent' (1968) arranged as a jazz piece for 5 saxes and rhythm section

    27th March 2015 STRING TRIO (opus 199) , Premiere String Quartet, St.Luke's,Prestonville,Brighton
    25th March 2015 ARCHANGELS' LULLABY (for cello and piano) (opus 436A) CELLO SONATA (opus 619) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (opus 629) WALKING IN THE AIR FOR CELLO & PIANO (opus 620A) , Benedict Kloeckner cello, Sasha Grynyuk piano, Bob Boas concert room, 22 Mansfield Street, W1, 7.30

    A concert to celebrate the release of 'Diversions' an album of Howard Blake's music for cello and piano - Benedict Kloeckner cello and the composer as pianist  - Genuin label, recorded by SWDR Germany

    Howard is unable to play having unfortuately sufferred a broken wrist. He will however be present to act as mediator.

    14th March 2015 PIANO TRIO NO. 3 (Elegia Stravagante) (opus 654) , Noe Inui vn., Vassilis Varveresos pno., Benedict Kloeckner vc., Recital Hall, Gasteig, Munich

    First performance in Munich

    9th March 2015 UP-AND-DOWN-MAN (Burlesque Suite for flute, bass-clarinet and piano) (opus 635) , The Sterling Trio (flute, piano and bass clarinet), Jean Sutcliffe mime artist, Luton schoolchildren, Library Theatre Luton 6.30pm

    This concert will start at the earlier than usual time of 6,30 so that very young children can attend the first half which consists of music originally composed for a TV series featuring a mime artist. Sterling Trio are enterprisingly reinstating this role, played by Jane Sutcliffe. The second half of the concert will be of conventional classical trios including Bach and Hummel.

    1st March 2015 BASSOON CONCERTO (opus 607) CLARINET CONCERTO (opus 329) FLUTE CONCERTO (opus 493A) SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , Sir Neville Marriner,conductor,The Orchestra of the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields,soloists: Gustavo Nunez, Jaime Martin and Andrew Marriner. Wind Octet for soloists within the orchestra: David Theodore, Rachel Ingleton (oboes); Timothy Lines, Katie Lockhart (clarinets); Graham Sheen, Gavin McNaughton (bassoons); Stephen Stirling, Susan Dent (horns). Released on Pentatone Classics/Hybrid Multichannel PTC 5186 506 Super Audio CD Global distribution by Naxos, Recorded at St John's Smith Square, London

    THE BARBER OF NEVILLE ON PENTATONE
    Dated Saturday 28th February 2015
    Howard BLAKE (b. 1938) The Barber of Neville Concerto for flute and string orchestra, Op. 493a (1996) [17:57] Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra, Op. 329a (1984/2010) [21:31] Concerto for bassoon and string orchestra, Op. 607 (1971/2009) [12:35] Serenade for Wind Octet, Op. 419 (1990) Jaime Martin (flute); Andrew Marriner (clarinet); Gustavo Núñez (bassoon) Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner rec. September, 2012, St. John’s Smith Square, London. DDD PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC 5186 506 SACD [68:24] This disc is a delight from start to finish. The three wind concertos by Howard Blake all make for highly enjoyable listening while the Serenade for Wind Octet is equally attractive and no mere ‘filler’. The Concerto for bassoon and string orchestra is the only one of the works that I’ve previously heard. There’s a story behind this work. Some years ago Dr Len Mullenger proposed that MusicWeb International would commission the work for the young bassoonist, Karen Geoghegan, then at the start of her career, to perform and record. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside the control of either Len or Howard Blake it wasn’t possible to bring that project to fruition but Blake wrote the concerto anyway and here it’s played by Gustavo Núñez, the principal bassoonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The concerto, which plays for some 12 minutes, is cast in three short movements and it exploits the various facets of the bassoon very effectively. The music is thoroughly attractive. The first movement is fluent and makes full use of the instrument’s compass. In the pensive little slow movement the bassoon’s singing qualities are brought out while the finale is perky and sprightly. Núñez is an excellent soloist. The Clarinet Concerto was written for Thea King who gave its first performance and recorded it. Sadly, however, she never returned to the work for reasons that are explained in the booklet. Blake made some revisions to the first movement and it’s that revised version that’s presented for the first time on disc in this recording. If you have Thea King’s Hyperion disc containing this concerto and works by Lutoslawski and Mátyás Seiber that will be her recording of the original version of the Blake concerto (CDA66215). The Clarinet Concerto strikes a slightly more serious tone than the other works on this disc. The first movement has a somewhat mysterious air to it. I particularly like the second movement, which follows without a break. Here the music is mellow and songful; it’s gently expressive and is expressively played There are ample opportunities for display in the lively finale. This concerto also benefits from the advocacy of an expert soloist in the person of Andrew Marriner. The Flute Concerto is simply captivating. The first movement is dominated by a lovely, airy melody which is sung by the flute right at the outset. As the movement unfolds and the string orchestra gets involved with the melody the flute decorations are most attractive. The second movement sparkles, living up fully to the fact that the term con Spirito is included in the tempo indication; there’s also a more relaxed central section, which is very pleasing. The slow movement consists of a beguiling theme which is then subject to variation, followed by a cadenza. The finale is, for the most part, vivacious and high spirited. Just before the close there’s a welcome reminiscence of the melody with which the concerto began. This concerto is zestful and delightfully fresh. Jaime Martin does it full justice. The wind Serenade is cast in three movements. The first is urbane and civilised and one notices at once how expertly the music has been laid out for the eight instruments. All parts contribute to the discussion and all the individual lines are clearly heard and well balanced: that latter point is a tribute to the players also. I can only agree with the composer’s comment that this movement contains ‘a profusion of melody and rhythm and a sense of life bubbling over.’ The second movement strikes a more serious tone but the finale is, in Blake’s words, ‘capricious, light and breathless.’ Infectiously gay rhythms impart a real spring to the music. All the music on this disc is splendidly performed both by the soloists and by The Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Incidentally, Sir Neville Marriner will celebrate his 90th birthday in April 2014 so the timing of the release of this new disc is highly appropriate. He would have been 88 at the time these recordings were made but I defy any listener to deduce that: the spirited performances could be the work of a man half his age. The recorded sound is excellent. My one very minor caveat is a suspicion that the clarinet was just a shade too close to the microphone; occasionally one detects a little bit of extraneous noise from the instrument but not to any disruptive degree. Otherwise the soloists are expertly balanced against the accompaniment and the overall sound is clear and pleasing. I listened to this hybrid SACD as a conventional CD. The notes are brief but tell you all you need to know about the music. “What about the title of the disc?”, I hear you ask. Apparently, Sir Neville, his son, Andrew and Howard Blake all patronised the same hairdressing salon in Knightsbridge, London. At first they weren’t aware that each of them was a client of Jean-Marie but through him they met in due course and planned this recording. Hence the witty album title which, for me, sets the seal on a collection of expertly crafted, very melodious and highly entertaining music. Since the music is so immaculately performed as well I can only conclude by saying ‘suits you, sir.’ John Quinn

     Released September 23rd 2013 by Pentatone Classics/hybrid multichannel/super audio. Link: http://onebitaudio/?cat=44

    Recordings took place September 24-26 2012 in St. John's Smith Square with the Orchestra of The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. Clarinet Concerto perf. by Andrew Marriner with revisions previously unincorporated; Bassoon Concerto perf. by Gustavo Nunez (principal Concertgebouw Amsterdam); Flute Concerto perf. by Jaime Martin; Serenade for Wind Octet perf. by soloists from the orchestra. Music producer Andrew Keener, location sound engineering Erdo Groot and Roger de Schot from Polyhymnia, supervising producer Job Maarse for Pentatone. Editing Baarn Studios Netherlands.


    12th February 2015 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , Naxos cd, KUSC Alan Chapman 12.13pm
    31st January 2015 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE - AN ANIMATED FILM OF THE SONG-CYCLE (opus 664) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Howard Blake conducts the augmented Jersey Chamber Orchestra and St Michael's children's choir and soloists, Opera House, St. Helier, Jersey 8.00pm

    Howard Blake conducts screened versions of 'The Snowman' and his new film 'The Land of Counterpane'. The programme will include music from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Schindler's List, James Bond  and other famous film scores. 

    31st January 2015 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Jersey Orchestra cond. by Howard Blake, St.Helier

    Excerpts from Star Wars, The Good,bad and the ugly, Lord of the Rings etc live orchestra with screening

    18th January 2015 The Music Box - theme from The Changeling (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489n) , Vladimir Ashkenazy piano, Classic FM 10.09am
    14th January 2015 CLARINET CONCERTO (revised edition) (opus 329a) , Andrew Marriner, Meville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, KUSC USA presented by Jim Svejda 8.44

    Broadcast of the Pentatone CD 'The Barber of Neville'

    December 2014 Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489u)
    25th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) , Howard Blake talks about 'The Snowman' in a programme about the greatest Christmas movies 25 12 2014 8-10pm, SKY MOVIES SKY 1 HD
    23rd December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Halle Orchestra, Stephen Bell cond., Bridgewater Hall Manchester
    22nd December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Mozart Orchestra, Cadogan Hall with projected film

    Wth orchestra and projected film

    22nd December 2014
    - 24th December 2014
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Royal Northern Sinfonia, Alan Fearon cond., perfs 22,23,24 December 2014
    22nd December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , The Mozart Orchestra, Cadogan Hall, London
    21st December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Orchestra of Opera North, Town Hall, Leeds
    21st December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra,, Muisc Festival 'Arts Square'

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    Children`s project. Christmas music (Tchaikovsky, Rebikov, Korngold). Howard Blake. Fabio Mastrangelo (conductor)
    Orchestra: The St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
    Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
    Conductor: Fabio Mastrangelo

    18th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Conductor Christopher Bell, narrator Julie Nimmo, with chorus and film projection, Aberdeen
    17th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Kuopion kaupunginorkesten Atso Almila cond., Kuopio Finland
    14th December 2014 THE BEAR for narrator, girl soprano, tenor, baritone and piano (opus 578) , Orchestra, singers etc, Royal Northern College of Music family day 11-5


     

    14th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) , Howard Blake talks about 'The Snowman' in a programme about the greatest Christmas movies 14 12 2014 6.30-8.30pm
    14th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Kyoto Symphony Orchestra cond. by Hiroshi Sekiya, Kaihanna Plaza main hall, Kyoto, Japan
    13th December 2014 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY (for SATB choir and 5 brass) (opus 531) , The Beckenham Chorale directed by Adam Treadway, St. George's Church, Beckenham


     
    Link: www.beckenhamchorale.org.uk where tickets for the concert can be purchased online.
     

    13th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Orchestra of St Paul's cond. Ben Palmer, QEH
    12th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , London Philharmonic Orchestra, Heathrow Airport
    11th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Orchestra of Opera North
    11th December 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. John Rutter
    6th December 2014 'SLEEPWALKING' for clarinet cello and piano (opus 645) Impromptu (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489c) PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) SNOWMAN FULL LENGTH STRING QUARTET (with Catalan narration) (opus 612a) STRING TRIO (opus 199) Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489u) , The Goldfield Ensemble

    The event given in this splendidly-refurbished Arts Centre near Cambridge began with an interview conducted by Christine Talbot Cooper in which Howard at some points illustrated his music at the piano, giving a complete performance of 'Impromptu' from 'Lifecycle'. The Goldfield Ensemble then played his 'String Trio' and 'Piano Quartet' and after an interval the first performance of an arrangement of his 'Sleepwalking' for clarinet, cello and piano was followed by Mozart's clarinet quintet with Kate Romano clarinet, Toby Turton cello and Richard Utley piano.

    5th December 2014
    - 7th December 2014
    'SLEEPWALKING' for clarinet cello and piano (opus 645) PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) SNOWMAN FULL LENGTH STRING QUARTET (with Catalan narration) (opus 612a) , Goldfield Ensemble, St Andrews Church, Stapleford, Cambridge

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    4th December 2014 Impromptu (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489c) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) PIANO TRIO NO. 3 (Elegia Stravagante) (opus 654) PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA (opus 402) SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Howard Blake piano, Madeleine Mitchell violin, Rosalind Ventris, viola, Peter Adams cello, Gloucester Music Society
    25th November 2014 SIR NEVILLE MARRINER CONDUCTS THE MUSIC OF HOWARD BLAKE, The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Saint Martin in the Fields Trafalgar Square London

    Walking in the Air collage

    ‘Walking in the Air’

    25 November 2014

    An Evening of Music Composed by Howard Blake
    Conducted by Sir Neville Marriner

    This glorious concert sees a much anticipated reuniting of the Academy and the music of Howard Blake. This follows the release of ‘The Barber of Neville’ on Pentatone Classics last year. The album features the melodic and expressive Flute and Clarinet Concertos performed this evening by the Academy’s own Principal Flautist Michael Cox and Principal Clarinettist James Burke. No tribute to Howard Blake, especially one at winter time, would be complete without a performance of the beloved score to The Snowman. This concert sees the very first performance of the score in a new arrangement for String Orchestra, commissioned from Howard Blake by Sir Neville Marriner who will conduct this evening’s concert.

     

    Programme

    Blake The Snowman Fantasia, for double string orchestra
                (commissioned by Sir Neville Marriner)
    Blake Flute Concerto Op.493a
    Blake Clarinet Concerto Op.329
    Blake Serenade for Wind Octet

     

    St Martin in the Fields

    Tuesday 25 November, 7.30pm

    Tickets: £20 / £15 / £10

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    Booking fees may apply

    25th November 2014 'THE SNOWMAN' CONCERT VERSION FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 632) BASSOON CONCERTO (opus 607) CLARINET CONCERTO (revised edition) (opus 329a) FLUTE CONCERTO (opus 493A) SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , Orchestra and soloists of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, Church of Saint Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

    Concertos and wind octet, soloists to be confirmed.

    23rd November 2014 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Carlisle Pennsylvania, Carlisle Theatre 3.00pm
    14th November 2014 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , Royal Northern College of Music
    12th November 2014
    - 8th January 2015
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , Sadlers Wells/Birmingham Rep. RobertNorth/Bill Alexander/Howard Blake, Peacock Theatre London, The Lyceum Sheffield, The Curve Leicester
    7th November 2014 CLARINET CONCERTO (revised edition) (opus 329a) , Sir Neville Marriner conducts his son Andrew as soloist with The City of Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Kowloon City Hall, Hong Kong, China
    3rd November 2014
    - 9th November 2014
    THE SNOWMAN BALLET (A BALLET IN TWO ACTS - ORCHESTRAL VERSION) (opus 530) THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , Peacock touring dance company, Tampere auditorium
    14th October 2014 IN MEMORIAM COLIN WILSON, Kerenza Peacock violin, Howard Blake piano. Massenet and Shostakovich, St James's Piccadilly

    I read 'The Outsider' soon after it was published in 1956 and it profoundly influenced me, as it did people throughout the world. 'Colin Wilson on Music' also became a much-thumbed companion and it was at a Mozart concert years later that I first met him, where he had typically both written a commentary and spoken it. I was invited down to Gorran Haven and was priviliged to enjoy weekends of conversation and discourse of a very high order. A man with an extraordinary mind and breadth of knowledge whose far-seeing analytic and philosophical theories must continue to gain the deepest respect and admiration. He will be greatly missed.

    9th October 2014 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, cond. Colin Touchin, host Tania Martin, Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium


    28 December 2014
    Hong Kong
    (China) 


    The Snowman & The Bear
    City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong conducted by Colin Touchin - Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium


    Program Info:
    City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
    Colin Touchin, guest conductor
    Tania Martin, host
    Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble ELITE

    Music by Howard Blake
    Original stories by Raymond Briggs

    Spice up your winter holidays with Howard Blake’s The Snowman & The Bear! These two animated films, both heartwarming and magical, are based on the books by Raymond Briggs. Experience them on the big screen to the sounds of live orchestral accompaniment and singing. The perfect holiday treat for all the family!


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    27th September 2014 PIANO TRIO NO. 3 (Elegia Stravagante) (opus 654) , Internationales Musikfestival Coblenz

    In the first Internationales Musikfestival Coblenz, Germany, the premiere of Blake's new Piano Trio  'Elegia Stravagante' was given an electrifying performance by violinist Linus Roth, Benedict Kloeckner cello and the composer Howard Blake himself at the piano. A capacity audience in the Goerrehaus gave an enthusiastic and repeated ovation, causing an immediate encore.

    22nd August 2014 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , National Girls Choir of Scotland, St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh
    21st August 2014 Sleepwalking (For Soprano and Piano Quartet) (opus 537) , Patricia Rozario soprano, Ilona Glas violin, Katherine Clarke viola, Valeria Tartara cello, Howard Blake conductor, British Isles Music Festival, Ardingly College
    21st August 2014 *SPIELTRIEB (string quartet in one movement) (opus 594) , Mizuki Horikoshi, Hitomi Inujima, Kesari Pundarika, Anastaya Svinyakova, British Isles Music Festival, Ardingly College
    21st August 2014 Trio For Flute, Cello and Harp (opus 559) , Amy Umiah flute, Pierre Dumange cello, Valeria Kurbatova harp, British Isles Nusic Festival, Ardingly College
    21st August 2014
    - 21st August 2016
    A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (opus 374) AGATHA (opus 265) AMITYVILLE 3-D (opus 324) FLASH GORDON (opus 293) THE DUELLISTS (opus 247) THE ODD JOB (opus 269) THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS (opus 271) THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) , Four recently-published books have included biographical/critical articles on Howard Blake

    1. DREAM REPAiRMAN - a biography by Howard's close friend and top film editor Jim Clark which mentions the ill-fated score for the Dustin Hoffman film 'Agatha' on which they worked.

    Jim Clark, LandMarc Press (UK)

     2. BATHED IN LIGHTNING - a book about Sixties music-session men which concentrates on the great guitarist John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu) but mentions a great many others including Howard who worked with John at that time

    Colin Harper, Outline Press (UK)

     3. THE ENCYCYCLOPAEDIA OF FILM COMPOSERS - a tome that tries to detail all of the well-known film composers since the start of cinema including a feature on Howard Blake.

    Thoms S. Hischak, Rowman and Littlefield (USA)

     4. ENCOUNTERS WITH BRITISH COMPOSERS - Well-written articles about contemporary composers drawn directly from live interviews, including a lively one with Howard

    Andrew Palmer The Boydell Press (UK)

     

     

    20th August 2014 FLUTE QUINTET (for flute and string quartet) (opus 493) , Susan Milan flute, Richard Deakin violin, Yuko Inoue viola, Pierre Doumange cell, British Isles Music Festival, Ardingly College West Sussex,
    1st August 2014 Laura (opus 604) , Sacha Puttnam, piano, CD release on Decca

    Sacha Puttnam Plays Music from David Puttnam's Best-Loved Films including 'Laura' from Howard's score for the feature film 'The Duellists' directed by Ridley Scott (1977) and two tracks from the film 'My Life so Far' directed by Hugh Hudson for which Howard was musical director (1999).

    17th July 2014 A FEW DAYS (opus 6) , In 1961 I started working at the The National Film Theatre. The Co-Chief projectionist was Alf Francis. He came from Essex and was always cheerful. He was crazy about film, amazingly perceptive, practical and blessed with a wonderful Cockney sense of humour. On the day I began work we decided to try and make a film and along with fellow-projectionist Neville Walker we spent our Sunday mornings shooting the B&W film 'A Few Days', shot on a 16mm Bolex with Alf as cameraman. It was eventually to be programmed by the NFT and purchased by the British Film Archive. The support and experience I gained from this encouraged me to venture into the larger worlds of professional music and cinema. Alf remained a friend for the rest of his life and I was honoured to play the organ at his funeral at the request of his wife Anthea

    Yeovil crematorium chapel

    13th July 2014 LORIN MAAZEL, I was once most honoured to be invited by Lorin Maazel as honoured guest at a birthday lunch for his wife Dietlinde during the Salzburg Festival. It turned out that they were both admirers of 'The Snowman' in its classical concert form and that Dietlinde's father acted as narrator every year for orchestral performances in Pittsburgh. Along with very many other people I regarded Lorin Maazel as the greatest conductor alive. His demise will be a great loss to the world of music and I offer my most profound condolences at this time.
    13th July 2014 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , Blake, Rothstein, Essex, Willison, KUSC broadcast Classical music with Gail Eichental 4.31pm Southern California public radio station featuring classical music 24 hours a day.
    6th June 2014 MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (SHAKESPEARE) - SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA (opus 656) , Orchestra of the Swan, cond. David Curtis, Premiere of orchestral Suite from Midsummer Night's Dream, Civic Hall/Arts Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Howard Blake’s music for Shakespeare in performance

    Howard Blake

    Howard Blake

    This Friday, 6 June, Stratford-upon-Avon’s Orchestra of the Swan’s celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth reaches its climax with a concert of music inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Three of the four concerts in the series have featured pieces by the composer Howard Blake, best known for the song Walking in the Air that was used in the animated film of The Snowman, memorably covered by the young Aled Jones in 1985. In a long career Blake has written much else, including film music and choral and orchestral work. He has also written a number of pieces for theatre: the first was for the 1984 RSC production of Henry V that launched the young Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearean career. This was played at the second concert in which the theme was “Rosemary for Remembrance”. In the programme note he explains that in between the scenes of war, he decided to “have a harpist playing variations quietly live on stage whenever there was peace in the land. The harpist would be placed on-stage in period costume…The “theme-tune” of the production was an unaccompanied song on Shakespeare’s words”:

    A scene from the 1984 Henry V with Kenneth Branagh

    A scene from the 1984 Henry V with Kenneth Branagh

    And sword and shield in bloody field Doth win immortal fame.
    Would I were in an ale-house in London; If wishes would prevail with me,
    My purpose should not fail with me;
    But thither would I hie,
    But thither would I hie.

    Tanya Houghton was the performer at the Orchestra of the Swan concert, but the original soloist was Vanessa Sundstrup, then just beginning her career. She has recently put her own recording of this piece on YouTube. She recalls “The harp was featured as a solo instrument as a symbol of peace and was actually on stage”. I well remember her gentle playing of Blake’s music while the audience was assembling, becoming, sadly, less and less audible as the auditorium filled up. Blake’s music is beautifully melodic and I particularly like the way that you can hear the wistful words of the song “But thither would I hie” in the music.

    Blake became associated with Adrian Noble’s productions, writing the songs for his As You Like It in 1985 which have also been sung in this concert series. The first concert featured another Shakespeare commission by the distinguished ex-RSC director Bill Alexander, (who also directed the stage version of The Snowman), for a student production of Twelfth Night. Blake’s version of O Mistress Mine was not actually used in the production so the concert on 16 May was its first performance.

    Poster for Adrian Noble's film of A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Poster for Adrian Noble’s film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    In Friday’s concert the Orchestra will play a suite of Howard Blake’s music based on that which he wrote for the film version of Adrian Noble’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This will be the first performance of this suite which Blake has created specially for the 2014 anniversary. In the programme note Blake comments “Since Adrian’s production included a motor-bike for the Mechanicals and a forest consisting of light bulbs, the score did not have to be set in a conventional “mock-Tudor” style and the character of Bottom, for instance, is conveyed by a jazzy solo trombone”. And “A solo violin begins the work announcing the main theme, redolent of fairies flying through midnight skies and enchanted happenings”. Theatre and film music can be overwhelmed by the visuals, so on this occasion it’s going to be great for the music to get the attention it deserves.  This series of concerts has been a delight and I’d like to thank conductor David Curtis for the opportunity to hear so much Shakespeare-related music in concert, and not just the obvious pieces.

    As a bit of fun to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, the Guardian posted its suggestions of the best Shakespeare-inspired pieces of music. Several of the pieces that have featured in the Orchestra of the Swan concerts are included: Walton’s music for Olivier’s Henry V film, and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream music which we will hear on the 6th. And nobody would argue with Bernstein’s West Side Story or Verdi’s Falstaff, but The Boys from Syracuse and The Lion King – really???? Even more oddly the selection consisted of pictures, with no links to any of the music. Sadly it’s too late to vote for any of the striking but lower-profile music like Howard Blake’s that’s been specifically written for Shakespeare on stage.

    29th May 2014 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for high voice and piano) (opus 605) , Richard Edgar Wilson (tenor), piano tba, Catherine Parry (violin), Leighton House
    23rd May 2014 VARIATIONS FOR HARP ON A THEME FROM HENRY V (Shakespeare) (opus 346) , Orchestra of the Swan, Civic Hall Stratford
    16th May 2014 *OH MISTRESS MINE (opus 627) Saraband of true delights (Shakespeare) (opus 347a) SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string orchestra) (opus 378a) VARIATIONS FOR HARP ON A THEME FROM HENRY V (Shakespeare) (opus 346) , Featured composer Howard Blake, The Orchestra of the Swan, conductor David Curtis, Shakespeare Songs, Richard Edgar wilson (tenor), Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3,

    Spring Sounds International
    Music Festival 2014

    Celebrating Shakespeare in words and music

    With featured composer Howard Blake – Composer of The Snowman

    Sunday 20 April – 8:10am BBC Radio 4

    Wednesday 23 April  – 3:30pm BBC Radio 3

    Friday 16 May, Friday 23 May, Friday 30 May and Friday 6 June

    7:30pm
    Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon

    2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and to commemorate the occasion Orchestra of the Swan will be celebrating music inspired by his words.

    Howard Blake, composer of ‘The Snowman’, is our featured composer and we will be performing his Shakespeare Songs, Harp variations on a theme composed for Henry V and the premiere of Midsummer Night's Dream, Suite for orchestra - a new work specially created from music composed for the RSC's feature film directed by Adrian Noble.

    The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams will also feature in this year’s programme as will new works by Huw Watkins, Roxanna Panufnik, Guto Puw and Roger Steptoe.

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    Spring Sounds History

    The inaugural Spring Sounds took place in May 2008 with Tasmin Little at the helm as Artistic Director. The ethos behind the festival is to feature the work of established and developing composers alongside the great classics of the classical canon and to showcase and broaden Stratford-upon-Avon’s musical offering.

    Taking place every May composers and artists featured thus far include Roxanna Panufnik, Joe Cutler, Phil Dukes, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Paul Watkins, Martin Roscoe, the Smetana Piano Trio, Param Vir and Viv McLean.

    The festival has also made full use of a variety of venues Stratford offers from the orchestra’s home base of the Civic Hall through to the elegant Georgian Town Hall and the beautiful Peter Adams designed Compton Verney art gallery just outside of Stratford. Compton Verney has also hosted the festival’s family events with young participants and gallery visitors creating graphic scores and being treated to impromptu performances around the grounds from Orchestra of the Swan’s musicians

    19th April 2014
    - 22nd August 2014
    *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , National Girls Choir of Scotland,
    13th April 2014
    - 14th April 2014
    *HAIKU (opus 567) *Parting (opus 650a) *PRELUDE FOR VOVA (opus 640) *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (four-stave version) (opus 217a) FOUR EASY PIECES (opus 1B) Laura (opus 604) PIANO FANTASY (opus 1) Romanza (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489o) SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS (opus 130) The Music Box - theme from The Changeling (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489n) Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489u) , Vladimir Ashkenazy, Decca CD album of Howard Blake's piano music

      'Walking in the Air', the music of Howard Blake performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, joined by his son Vovka in the works for two pianos. Classic FM Album of the Weekend 13-14 April 2014


    4th April 2014 *TU ES LE GISANT (opus 469) , Danae Eleni soprano, Sam Baker organ, Gedaechtniskirche Berlin

    First performance

    25th March 2014 CELLO SONATA (opus 619) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (opus 629) WALKING IN THE AIR FOR CELLO & PIANO (opus 620A) , Howard Blake music for cello and piano, Bob Boas concert room, London
    18th March 2014
    - 22nd March 2014
    A TWISTED NERVE (opus 47) AGATHA (opus 265) FLASH GORDON (opus 293) , A BBC Radio 4 feature produced by Mark Burman in which broadcaster Christopher Cook interviewed Howard on the subject of the 'long, frequently unhappy history of film music that is never used...the one painful experience that links almost every composer for film since the beginnings of sound film. The programme dealt with'Agatha' and 'Flash Gordon' alongside William Walton's 'Battle of Britain', Alex North's '2001' and the sad story of Bernard Herrmann's rejection by Hitchcock., Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 18th March, repeated 22nd March




    3rd March 2014 *Haiku for Yu-Chee (opus 650) *Parting (opus 650a) *PRELUDE FOR VOVA (opus 640) *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) Berceuse (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489l) Chaconne (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489g) DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (2-stave version - separate parts 1 & 2) (opus 217) FOUR EASY PIECES (opus 608) Gentlefolk for piano (opus 647) Mazurka (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489e) Nocturne (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489b) PIANO FANTASY (opus 1) Romanza (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489o) Scherzo (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489h) SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS (opus 130) THE DUELLISTS for solo piano (opus 646) The Music Box - theme from The Changeling (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489n) Toccatina (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489d) Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489u) Walking Song (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489f) , Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vovka Ashkenazy, DECCA RELEASE MARCH 3RD 2014

    In 2011 Howard wrote the test-piece for The Hong Kong International Piano Competition which he attended. The President of the jury was Vladimir Ashkenazy who liked the work (Speech after long silence) and expressed his desire to record an album of Howard's piano music. This took place between March and July 2013. The repertoire includes two works for two pianos in which he is joined by his son Vovka and concert performances of these works were given in Lugano for RSI on 9th March 2013 just prior to the recordings. The completed 80-minute album also presents a wide selection of Howard Blake's solo pieces for piano performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy himself.  The completed album will be released by Decca on March 3rd 2014. The title track of the album is a solo piano version of 'Walking in the air' of which a single for download was issued as a pre-release for download on December 2nd 2013.

    27th January 2014 ARCHANGELS' LULLABY (for cello and piano) (opus 436A) CELLO SONATA (opus 619) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) WALKING IN THE AIR FOR CELLO & PIANO (opus 620A) , Benedict Kloeckner (cello) Howard Blake (piano), SWDR recording studios, Kaiserslautern, Germany (South West German Radio)

    Recordings of Howard Blake's works for cello and piano commenced at the studios of SWDR in Kaiserslautern with 'Tonmeister' Ralf Kolbinger July 12-14 2013. The composer was interviewed on the 12th by producer Sabine Fallenstein for the radio station and an album scheduled for release on the record label GENUIN. The decision to record followed up Benedict's triumph with Howard's 'Diversions' in the version for cello and piano in 2010 which won him the EBU youth musician prize and thereafter gave rise to succesful performances with various pianists including the composer himself. Howard was invited by Benedict in 2011 to join him in a complete recital of his works in the delightful venue of the Schlangenbad Historisches Konzerthaus outside Mainz. This proved to be an astonishing success, with a capacity audience who demanded endless encores and gave repeated stand-up ovations. The repertoire for this recording largely mirrored that of the concert. Recording was finally completed on January 28th 2014 and included the addition of the work 'The Enchantment of Venus' for cello and piano.

    13th January 2014 FLUTE CONCERTO (opus 493A) , Conductor: Neville Marriner Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Soloist: Jaime Martin, Classic FM radio

    Record Label: Pentatone

    21st December 2013 SNOWMAN FOR NARRATOR OR FILM, BOY SOPRANO AND WIND ORCHESTRA (opus 323c) , The Orchestra will be performing a new arrangement by Phillip Littlemore Dordrechts Philharmonisch Orkest, city of Dordrecht, Netherlands Conductor and director Jan Gerrit Adema., Benevia Muziekcentrum 19.30 CET
    14th December 2013 *CHRISTMAS BELLS (opus 634) Christmas Lullaby (opus 502) , Sussex Voiceworks and Mardibrass of London conducted by Peter Farrant, All Saints Church, Hove, Sussex 7.30pm
    8th December 2013 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , The Concord Orchestra, Richard Pittman, conductor The Concord Orchestra has invited five members of the Fenn School Treble Chorus to sing the song for this performance. They are sixth-graders Charlie Clark and Henry Patton of Concord; Oliver Neale of Sudbury; fifth-graders William Skelly of Carlisle and Andre Vlahakis of Lowell. The Fenn School in Concord is an independent school for boys in grades 4 through 9. The 35-member Treble Chorus is an auditioned choir for boys and is under the direction of Michael Salvatore. Over the years, the boys have sung at the Boston Athenaeum, York Minster Cathedral, Castle Howard, The Boston Garden, and Fenway Park. Joyce Kulhawik is well known to Boston audiences as the Emmy award- winning arts and entertainment critic for WBZ-TV from1981 to 2008. Joyce Kulhawik (narrator) has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, reporting live from the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys., Performing Arts Center, Concord, Mass. USA
    8th December 2013 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Kinder-Konzert mit der Jenaer Philharmonie, Werke von Leopold Mozart und Howard Blake Volkshaus, Carl-Zeiss-Platz, Jena Dirigent: Sergi Roca Moderation: Patrick Rohbeck ab 6 Jahre / ca. 60 Minuten Veranstaltungsort: Volkshaus Carl-Zeiss-Platz 15 07743 Jena Kreisfreie Stadt Jena Carl-Zeiss-Platz 15

    Leopold Mozart   Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt

    Howard Blake  Der Schneemann  Für Sprecher, Knabensopran und Orchester




    7th December 2013 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Ken Lam, conductor Rheda Becker, narrator (NB this is one of many orchestral performances scheduled in USA around Christmas.)
    3rd December 2013 Walking in the Air for guitar (opus 652) , Craig Ogden, 'Christmas Time' which includes Craig Ogden's guitar instrumental of 'Walking in the Air' features on John Suchet's show as Classic FM's Album of the week


     http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows/john-suchet/

    2nd December 2013 Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489u) , A single for download of the title track from the piano album 'Walking in the air' was released on December 2nd 2013. The complete album is scheduled for release on March 3rd 2014 on Decca
    12th November 2013
    - 12th February 2014
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , The Snowman stage show/ballet in two acts., Peacock Theatre, Kingsway, London Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Mayflower Theatre, Southampton; Birmingham Repertory Theatre

    The Birmingham Repertory Theatre stage and produce the full-evening two-act ballet of 'The Snowman' in association with Sadler's Wells with whom they jointly present it, breaking records in London's West End by running for 15 consecutive Christmas seasons.'The Snowman' is choreographed by Robert North, directed by Bill Alexander, designed by Ruari Murchison with music and lyrics by Howard Blake.

    1st November 2013 PENNILLION (for violin and piano) (opus 571) , Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Samoilov Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
    29th October 2013 FLUTE CONCERTO (opus 493A) , Jaimie Martin, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Classic FM London 8.54pm CD play
    29th October 2013 CELLO SONATA (opus 619) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) JAZZ DANCES (for cello and piano) (opus 520) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) PRELUDE FOR SOLO CELLO (opus 643) , Benedict Kloeckner and Howard Blake, The Music Room, 45 Queen's Gate Terrace, Kensington, London

    A programme of Howard Blake's music on his 75th birthday

    28th October 2013 WDR 3 BIRTHDAY BROADCAST, West German Radio 3 broadcast an interview on Howard's 75th birthday, recorded at Steinway Haus Dusseldorf when he was there for the festival October 4-6 2013
    26th October 2013 HOWARD BLAKE WITH CLIVE ANDERSON ON BBC'S 'LOOSE ENDS'

    At 6.15pm  HOWARD BLAKE is one of Clive Anderson’s Guests on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends programme, and there are more details on the Loose Ends page of the BBC Radio 4 website

    25th October 2013 TINTACK THE COBBLER (opus 166A) , Film director Kevin Schreck will present 'Persistence of Vision', his documentary about the great animator Richard Williams with whom Howard was associated in the Seventies. Howard's recollections of that time are featured in the film., Friday, 25 October, at 6.30pm at the Barbican Centre's Cinema 1. Gala Opening Event More information here: http://bit.ly/PoVLIAFfb

    Barbican Centre Cinema 1 6.30

    25th October 2013 HOWARD BLAKE ON BBC 'LOOSE ENDS', BBC Broadcasting House 10.30-12.00am
    19th October 2013 ARCHANGELS' LULLABY (for cello and piano) (opus 436A) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PRELUDE FOR SOLO CELLO (opus 643) , Benedict Kloeckner cello and Danae Dorken piano, Gasteig Munich

    The recital included Howard Blake's 'Diversions' for cello and piano and the first performance of 'Prelude for Benedict' for solo cello, in an arrangement created specially for the occasion by the composer who was in attendance. The concert was a resounding success and, echoing the orchestral concerts with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra earlier in the year 'Archangel's Lullaby' was done as one of the encores. The event was recorded by Bavarian Radio.

    16th October 2013 PENNILLION (for violin and piano) (opus 571) SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Howard Blake (piano), Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Leighton House, Kensington, 7.30

    Wednesday 16 October 2013 75th birthday celebration of the local composer HOWARD BLAKE piano with MADELEINE MITCHELL violin BLAKE Penillion FRANCK Violin Sonata SCHUBERT Notturno (played by graduates of the Royal College of Music) BLAKE Violin Sonata

    6th October 2013 DIVERSIONS FOR SOLO CELLO AND STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 623) SYMPHONY: 'THE DUELLISTS' (opus 642) , The first performance of 'The Duellists' (Symphony no. 3') was given by the Koenigswinter orchestra conducted by Tobias van de Locht in the Zehntschoene Kloster Heisterbach as part of the Bonn Beethoven Festival 2013. The concert began with Mozart's Symphony no. 39 and was followed by a performance of 'Diversions for cello and string orchestra' with Benedict Kloeckner as soloist. The concert which included encores received a stand-up ovation., Zehntscheune des Klosters Heisterbach:11.00-13.00

    An event as part of Howard Blake's 75th birthday Dusseldorf

    5th October 2013 ARCHANGELS' LULLABY (for cello and piano) (opus 436A) CELLO SONATA (opus 619) DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) PENNILLION (for Cello and Piano) (opus 525A) WALKING IN THE AIR FOR CELLO & PIANO (opus 620A) , Kloeckner/Blake, Steinway House Dusseldorf

    A concert of Howard's music for cello and piano with EBU prizewinner Benedict Kloeckner including the premiere of 'THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS' for cello and piano

    4th October 2013 *MY LIFE SO FAR (opus 508) A FEW DAYS (opus 6) BLOOD RELATIVES (opus 264) THE DUELLISTS (opus 247) THE REMARKABLE ROCKET (opus 189) THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS (opus 271) , As part of the festival and 75th birthday celebrations, Howard Blake introduces (in German) a programme of projected film excerpts featuring his film scores, Filmkunsttheater Metropol, Dusseldorf 7.30pm Die Filmmusik von Howard Blake Vortrag von und mit Howard Blake in deutscher Sprache mit Filmausschnitten
    1st October 2013 BBC RADIO 3 'IN TUNE', Howard Blake interview, The BBC have invited Howard to feature on their popular afternoon music programme 'In Tune' to talk about events surrounding his 75th birthday, Benedict Kloeckner's London premiere and the release of the albums with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir Neville Marriner. BBC Radio 3 c.5pm
    14th September 2013 GLOUCESTER MUSIC SOCIETY, Gloucester Heritage Open Days in September were delighted to announce that Chairman Christine Talbot-Cooper would be joined by the distinguished composer, pianist and conductor Howard Blake OBE for "Meet the Composer"., St Mary de Lode Church, 2.00pm Howard Blake recently became a Vice President of Gloucester Music Society and is perhaps best known as the composer of the music for "The Snowman" and other film music. However he has a huge output of other work, some of which has been performed at the Three Choirs Festival, and a selection of his recorded music was included in his September visit.

    Howard Blake gave a talk about his music and played some of his recordings

    13th September 2013
    - 15th September 2013
    NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE (and guessing game) (opus 335) , Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, Hong-Kong City Hall (5 performances)
    6th September 2013 SUITE:A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (opus 446) , Hastings International Composers Festival
    24th August 2013 Berceuse (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489l) Impromptu (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489c) Night and Day (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489v) Nocturne (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489b) Oberon (Shakespeare) - a piece from 'Lifecycle' (opus 489w) Prelude:Andantino (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489a) SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , William Chen (piano ),Yang Song (violin), Piano and violin recital at China Europe International Business School, Shanghai

    The recital will include the second movement of the Violin Sonata

    30th July 2013 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , Howard Blake piano, Jack Rothstein violin, Kenneth Essex viola, Peter Willison cello, Played on KUSC presented by Alan Chapman 12.08pm Southern California public radio station featuring classical music 24 hours a day.

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    29th July 2013
    - 5th August 2013
    *HAIKU (opus 567) Nursery rhyme overture and guessing game (for piano duet) (opus 649) , Magdalene Ho, Kuala Lumpur, Johore, Singapore, Penang


    An extraordinarily talented young pianist visited Howard Blake in his Kensington studio with a delegation of piano teachers from Malaysia early in 2013. Magdalene Ho will be leaving Malaysia at the end of August to begin at the UK Purcell School and her supporters are preparing for 3 concerts called 'Magdalene and friends' to raise funds to enable her family to be with her. They feel this would be necessary for her personal development as she is only nine! These concerts will feature Magdalene as soloist, as well as her playing some two-piano works and duets, including a new 4-hand version of Nursery Rhyme Overture, specially arranged for her and her young sister. One of the concerts will be in Kuala Lumpur on the 27th of July at which she will play the virtuosic 'Haiku' by Howard Blake, who on June 13th made a short film in his studio talking about her and endorsing her talents - to be shown at these concert events.

    14th July 2013 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates David Kaplan, piano /Davide de Askaniis, violin /Victor de Almeida, viola /Jacob Shaw, cello, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, CA, USA. 2.00pm

    Blake's Piano Quartet has become known in California since it acts as a signature theme for KUSC, the University of Southern California's Classical Radio Station

    29th June 2013
    - 7th July 2013
    CLOWN ON A TIGHTROPE (opus 644) DIVERSIONS FOR SOLO CELLO AND STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 623) , Benedict Kloeckner, Howard Blake, Boswil festival (near Zurich)

    An impromptu performance of 'Clown on a tight-rope' on 28th June within a chamber music concert echoed the 'masquerade' theme of the festival and provoked spontaneous laughter and applause.

    24th June 2013 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, London
    31st May 2013 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) (opus 378) , Tenor and string ensemble, The Friday Morning Music Club of Washington DC (founded 1886) Director John Turner McLean
    27th May 2013 SYMPHONY: 'THE DUELLISTS' (opus 642) THE DUELLISTS (opus 247) THE DUELLISTS (SECOND SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA) (opus 593) , BuySoundtrax Records is proud to announce the release of Music From the Films of Ridley Scott, available digitally on May 14th and, in stores and from www.buysoundtrax.com today, May 27, 2013. The recording was produced and arranged by Dominik Hauser, performed by the American Film Symphony, and features performances by Brandon K. Verrett and Edgar Rothermich. Ridley Scott has produced some of the most critically acclaimed, commercial successes, and beloved films of the past 35 years. From his 1979 breakthrough, Alien, to the cult classic Blade Runner, to his three Academy Award nominations (Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down), Scott's films have run the gamut, set in the past, present and future. One thing is constant in the works of Ridley Scott - he has worked with some of the best-loved composers of his time, including Jerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Vangelis, Trevor Jones, and more recently Harry Gregson-Williams and Marc Streitenfeld. Music From the Films of Ridley Scott features tracks from Scott's films including The Duellists (Howard Blake), Alien (Jerry Goldsmith), Blade Runner (Vangelis), Legend (Jerry Goldsmith and Tangerine Dream), Someone To Watch Over Me (George and Ira Gershwin), Black Rain (Hans Zimmer), Thelma and Louise (Hans Zimmer), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (Vangelis), White Squall (Jeff Rona), G.I. Jane (Trevor Jones), Gladiator (Hans Zimmer), Hannibal (Hans Zimmer), Black Hawk Down(Hans Zimmer), Kingdom of Heaven (Harry Gregson-Williams), Robin Hood (Marc Streitenfeld), Prometheus (Marc Streitenfeld).
    19th May 2013 Nocturne (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489b) Prelude:Andantino (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489a) Toccatina (extract Lifecycle) (opus 489d) , Piano recital: Beethoven,Medtner,Schumann,Prokofiev,Chopin and Blake, St.James's Theatre Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1 4.00 pm

    Three Blake pieces to be played by the Russian pianist Evgenia Startseva - notable for her performances partnering Maxim Vengerov.

    7th May 2013 * 'IF' - a setting of the poem by Kipling (opus 506) , Howard's setting of the great Kipling poem 'IF' is to be performed by massed choirs of Thomas's Day Schools, organ and orchestra
    5th May 2013 MORRICONE YOUTH ON EAST VILLAGE RADIO NY, Devon Goldberg interviews Howard Blake live in a 2-hour programme about his film scores to be broadcast from Greenwich Village,New York City, USA, eastvillageradio.com Sunday 5th May 2013 19.30 GMT (London time)

    A phone interview to promote Howard Blake's recent 'S.O.S. Titanic' release on Silva Screen and previewing his birthday Illustrated Film Music Lecture in Dusseldorf on October 3rd. Devon Goldberg has hosted a weekly film soundtrack radio show called MORRICONE YOUTH on EAST VILLAGE RADIO (eastvillageradio.com) in New York City for the past six years, live every Sunday afternoon 2-4p ET. Past guests have included Lalo Schifrin, Sven Libaek, Danny Elfman, Paul Williams, Carter Burwell, Eliott Goldenthal, Cliff Martinez, John Lurie, Evan Lurie, Jim Thirlwell, Alan Howarth, Bear McCreary, etc. 
     

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    On Morricone Youth this Sunday at 2pm ET, host Devon E. Levins welcomes renowned British composer, pianist and conductor Howard Blake to discuss and listen to his storied film and television soundtrack career which has spanned nearly 50 years producing more than 650 works. Silva Screen Records has released, for the first time, Mr. Blake's original TV soundtrack to arguably the most intelligent and authentic version of the Titanic tragedy, S.O.S. Titanic.

    Premiered by ABC on September 23rd 1979, S.O.S Titanic ran for three hours and was the costliest television film ever made. A huge star cast included David Janssen, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, David Warner, Harry Andrews and Cloris Leachman. The brilliantly researched script by James Costigan was based on a first-hand account by passenger/survivor Lawrence Beesley. US-based producer Roger Gimbel wanted an English composer and had been impressed by Howard Blake’s score to Ridley Scott’s The Duellists (1977). Apart from the composition of a serious symphonic score there was also the intention to create a tapestry of historically correct music such as that which would have been heard on the ship. An innovation in the story-telling portrayed the differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers and this was also to be reflected in the music - with, for instance, Irish music from the 3rd, songs with piano from the 2nd and a sophisticated orchestra in the 1st.

    Howard Blake is one of the most popular and prolific living English composers, perhaps best known for his timeless TV score for the animated British film The Snowman (1982). An instant classic, the song Walking in the Air was perfectly captured by then boy soprano Aled Jones. The song has been covered by hundreds of artists as diverse as Tangerine Dream and Rainbow to Placido Domingo and George Winston. Mr. Blake’s successes also include scores he wrote for the original British television series The Avengers (1968-1969), An Elephant Called Slowly (1969), Flash Gordon (1980) and A Month in the Country (1987). He increasingly has been recognized for his classical works including concertos, oratorios, ballets, operas and instrumental pieces. As Princess Diana’s favorite composer, she commissioned Howard Blake to write a piano concerto for her 30th Birthday.  He was bestowed the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) for services to music by the Queen in 1994 and is a Fellow and Visiting Professor of Composition at The Royal Academy of Music.

    For more information, visit the composer's website.



     

    28th April 2013 ARCHANGELS' LULLABY (for cello and piano) (opus 436A) DIVERSIONS FOR SOLO CELLO AND STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 623) , Benedict Kloeckner (solo cello), Jordi Bernacer (conductor), Berlin Kammerorchester, Konzerthaus Berlin 20.00

    The Konzerthaus programme began with Igor Stravinsky's Concerto in D for strings and continued with Haydn's cello concerto, also in D. After the interval the first performance of 'Diversions for solo cello and string orchestra' was played by Benedict Kloeckner and conducted by Jordi Bernacer. The audience gave it a boisterous and lengthy ovation which culminated in an encore for which the two cellists in the orchestra joined Benedict in Howard's 3-cello piece 'Archangel's Lullaby'. The programme ended with a fine reading of Haydn's 'Farewell' symphony.

    Howard Blake originally wrote 'Diversions' as a work for cello and piano in 1973, but in 1984 he was introduced to the great cellist Maurice Gendron who persuaded him to revise it into a concerto for cello and orchestra. Howard worked with him, first in his home in Grez-sur-Loing and later at the Ravel Festival in St. Jean de Luz, adding a new cadenza and finale. He completed the full orchestration in February 1985. Gendron had hoped to premiere it for the BBC at the Brighton Festival but was unable to do so due to ill-health from which he eventually died. In 1989 a premiere of the work was given by Steven Isserlis and the Royal Philharmonic conducted by Sir Charles Groves. In 1991 the work was recorded by Robert Cohen for Sony with the composer conducting The Philharmonia. The Strad commented: 'The dearth of repertoire for the solo cello should encourage more composers to write for the instrument. 'Diversions' is a welcome newcomer which could become an old friend. The eight movements all have an individual character, made more convincing by economic scoring in which each theme or effect is clearly defined. It is a bright, colourful, tuneful piece with tremendous rhythmic drive.' The form is a suite in eight sections: Prelude, Scherzo, March, Waltz, Aria, Serenade, Sarabande and Cadenza, Finale. In 2010 cellist and mentor Martin Rummel introduced the piano/cello version of the piece to Benedict Kloeckner as an interesting work with which to enter the EBU Young Musicians Prize. Generally players choose two or three contrasted works for such a competition, but since 'Diversions' contained such contrast within the eight movements he decided to perform the entire work and won first prize. Since then he has played it frequently with various pianists, including Howard Blake himself with whom he played it at the International Cello Festival in Kronberg. In July 2013 they are scheduled to record it for SWDR. Just over two years ago the composer heard Benedict and the Berlin Kammerorchester give a superb performance of the Schumann concerto in a new strings-only arrangement and it was this performance that inspired him to rework 'Diversions' for similar forces.

    28th April 2013 *ARCHANGEL'S LULLABY (for three cellos) (opus 436) , Benedict Kloeckner and two principal cellists of the Berlin Kammerorchester, Konzerthaus Berlin

    Played following a standup ovation for Benedict's performance of 'Diversions for cello and string orchestra' which was conducted by Jorde Benacer

    27th April 2013 DIVERSIONS FOR SOLO CELLO AND STRING ORCHESTRA (opus 623) , Benedict Kloeckner, Jorde Benacer, Berlin Kammerorchester, Theater an der Blinke, Leer, Germany

    An end of season concert given by Verein Junger Kaufleute anticipating the Berlin event of the following day and with the same programme of Stravinsky, Blake and Haydn

    13th April 2013 STRING TRIO (opus 199) , Pentagon Ensemble, King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells

    Programme of string trios by Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius and Blake

    26th March 2013 S.O.S.TITANIC (opus 284) , An album is released by Silva Screen Records of the music Howard Blake composed, arranged and conducted for the historic 3-hour Hollywood movie S.O.S. Titanic 1979. It features The National Philharmonic Orchestra performing the dramatic score and also much additional reconstructed period music not previously issued., Filmed in EMI/CBS in Hollywood and Shepperton and Denham Studios in UK

    Howard Blake was invited to Hollywood in the summer of 1979 to score an epic 3-hour version of the tragedy of the 'Titanic'. It was shown once in full on ABC television nationwide, programming from 9-12pm, but then savagely cut down for further commercial TV showings and cinema release. The score was never released as an album but in the centenary year of 2012 there was a surge of interest in the film that some people think is the most accurate account of the story and contains the most dramatic and appropriate music. Released 26th March 2013.

    Jay Cox, US critic of FILMUS-L : 'I disliked Horner's work on TITANIC, enjoyed Barry's RAISE THE TITANIC, marvelled at Alwyn's economic yet apt score to a A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, however it is Blake's magnificent music (on S.O.S. TITANIC) that perhaps sums up the mood of imposing doom and despair that I feel is the greatest of all Titanic scores.'

    16th March 2013 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) , Soloists Patricia Rozario soprano, Jamie Goodwyn treble, Richard Edgar Wilson tenor and Oliver Morris bass. The Woodbridge Choral Society, Ipswich School Chapel Choir and The Kingfisher Sinfonia. Conductor Andrew Leech., Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh 7.30

    2013 is the year of Benjamin Britten's centenary and The Passion of Mary will be coupled with performances of his 'Spring Symphony' and 'Young Person's Guide to the orchestra.'

    9th March 2013 DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS (2-stave version - separate parts 1 & 2) (opus 217) PIANO TRIO NO.2 (opus 524) SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS (opus 130) , Daniel Dodds, Antonio Lysy, Vovka Ashkenazy, Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano(Radio Suizera Italiano in collaboration with Primo Piano) 20.30

    The Piano Trio number 1 featured in this concert in Lugano alongside Shostakovich's Trio opus 67 and a two-piano arrangement of Moussorgsky's 'Una notte sul Monte Calvo' made by Vovka Ashkenazy

    16th February 2013 PENNILLION (for violin and piano) (opus 571) , Madeleine Mitchell and Howard Blake Naxos CD, Radio New Zealand. Good Morning programme
    25th December 2012 THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Brandenburgische Staatsorchester Frankfurt(am Oder) Richard Wolf, Knabensopran Thorsten Spohr, Sprecher Dirigent: Joseph Bousso (Projected film, text in German), Nikolaisaal Potsdam,Berlin 17.00

    Leopold Mozart "Musikalische Schlittenfahrt"
    Howard Blake Der Schneemann

    25th December 2012 THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) , From Aled Jones to Nat King Cole, Band Aid to Mariah Carey, Brenda Lee to The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, these are the songs that each year help bring the seasonal spirit to Christmas., ITV1

    To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the release of the biggest-selling Christmas song of all time - Bing Crosby's White Christmas - ITV1 is producing a prime-time special about classic Christmas songs - and Howard Blake is invited to be part of it.
    ITV are delighted to announce that Walking In The Air has made their final shortlist, and would love to interview Howard about memories of writing the song, as well as what it means to have  written a favourite that is so fondly remembered and revisited every Christmas.

    20th December 2012 INTERVIEW ON BROOKLANDS RADIO, Howard Blake gives a one-hour interview to Suzanne Hunter about composing 'Walking in the Air' and his many other works. Listen at 9pm on Thursday 20th December 2012 by e-mail on www.brooklandsradio.co.uk, Repeat performance on Saturday 22nd December 2012
    15th December 2012 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , William Kendall (solo tenor), Rosalind Ventris (solo viola) Chelsea Opera Group, conductor David Halls, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

    Salisbury Music Society will give performances of Bach's 'Magnificat' and Blakes's major dramatic oratorio 'Benedictus'

    13th December 2012
    - 5th January 2013
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 2012

    The Snowman Stage Show (a ballet in 2 acts) will open a three-week season at The Edinburgh Festival Theatre on December 12th

    8th December 2012
    - 9th December 2012
    HONG KONG CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - 'THE SNOWMAN' AND 'THE BEAR', Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, dir. Leanne Nichols, Kowloon Town Hall 8th 2.30; Hong Kong City Hall 9th 2.30/5.00
    27th November 2012
    - 6th January 2013
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522)

    Sadler's Wells Theatre 2012-13 Season

    28 November-6 January, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of The Snowman, Peacock Theatre

    A 15th year for the traditional Christmas family entertainment based on Raymond Briggs' picture-book and the animated film, the two-act ballet is about a boy who builds a snowman which comes to life.  Featuring Howard Blake’s music and the hit song "Walking In the Air", performed by dance company and live orchestra, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander.

    20th November 2012 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Andras Schiff, Minterne, Dorchester, Dorset

    The Lady Dione Digby has invited Howard as one of many guests attending the farewell concert of Dorset Summer Music, which she has directed with remarkable insight, vigour and dedication over an astonishing 50 years. In 1998 she decided to stage a performance of Howard's dramatic oratorio 'Benedictus' in Sherborne Abbey with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Winchester Cathedral Choir and it was the success of this concert which resulted in the commission of a 'Stabat Mater', later revised and expanded into 'The Passion of Mary'. Many distinguished artists have performed at The Lady Digby's festival over these amazing 50 years and among pianists are featured the names of Alfred Brendel, Tamas Vasary and Andras Schiff - invited to give the final celebratory concert.

    14th November 2012 PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN (opus 220) TINTACK THE COBBLER (opus 166A) , Richard Williams, artist and animator, Leeds International Film Festival

    Between 1973 and 1979 Howard collaborated with film animator Richard Williams on various projects (perhaps most notably by arranging the credit sequences for 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again). In 1973 he wrote a script treatment for Dick called 'Tintack the Cobbler' which became the basis of a hugely ambitious feature project retitled 'The Cobbler and the Thief'. It was never to be finally realised but a film was made in 2012 about this curious seventies happening and Howard appeared in it and talked about his role in it. This was 'Kevin Schreck's documentary 'Persistence of Vision'. The film had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival playing to sold-out houses. Variety called it a 'fascinating slice of film history'; the Globe and Mail: 'gripping', the Georgia Straight 'outstanding - a mindblower,a film you shouldn't miss.' Other festival showings included the Denver and DOC NYC, New York. The film had its European premiere at the Leeds International Film Festival on November 14th 2012 and later opened the London Animation Festival at the Barbican.

    27th October 2012 THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Howard Blake - composer/lyricist/conductor/producer, Peter Auty (boy soprano), The Sinfonia of London

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. The Commander of the International Space Station recently 'had a vision that Howard Blake's “Walking in the Air” song from “The Snowman” animated film would be great to have in the background of one of the spectacular time lapse aurora videos he’s working to capture' and Howard agreed with USA government authorities to proceed with this project. The amazing results of this collaboration can now be seen on You Tube. Dan Cook the mastermind of the project writes: 'We have completed the ISS imagery time-lapse project with “Walking in the Air” and wanted to share the feature with you.  The imagery is absolutely stunning and coupled with the music, it becomes even more of a captivating experience.'

     Walking on Air (on NASA’s “ReelNASA” YouTube Channel)

    http://youtu.be/hWz5ltE_I4c

     And, I’m sure you all may have seen “The Snowman” animated short film but for ease of reference, here’s the clip where the magical snowman takes the young boy on a night-time flying adventure where they experience many bird’s-eye views, including the ever-so-phenomenal dancing aurora.

    The video is also currently featured on the NASA home page @ http://www.nasa.gov within the “NASA Multimedia” videos section located near the center of the page.

    3rd September 2012 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , Howard Blake, Jack Rothstein, Kenneth Essex, Peter Willison, KUSC - the classical music channel of University of Southern California USA. Presented by Alan Chapman

    KUSC use the opening of the piano quartet as a signature theme.

    7th July 2012 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (opus 248) , Reading Haydn Choir, Caversham Methodist Church
    25th May 2012
    - 27th May 2012
    THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (opus 248) , Wangeretta Choristers, La Fiera Italian Festival, Performing Arts Centre, Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia

    The program includes: Howard Blake: The Song of St. Francis (Canticle of Brother Sun), Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, Giovanni Battista Martini: Salve Regina (men), Guillaume Du Fay: Alma Redemptoris Mater and R. Remondi: O Sacrum Convivium (O Sacred banquet).

    17th April 2012
    - 18th April 2012
    SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) (opus 378) , Talisker Players Muse of Fire
    17th March 2012 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Philip O'Brien, Cantata Choir, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra (solo viola Roslind Ventris), conductor Jonathan Butcher, speaker Nathan Thomas, The Medina Theatre, Newport,Cowes, Isle of Wight
    15th March 2012 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577)

    Ronald Corp conducted the New London Orchestra and The London Chorus in the second London performance of 'The Passion of Mary' at St Alban's the Martyr, Holborn on 15th March at 7.00 with two of the soloists featured on the memorable Naxos recording issued in 2010: the soprano Patricia Rozario, and the tenor Richard Edgar Wilson. The role of Prophet and Satan was taken by bass Samuel Evans and the concert included a performance of Bach's Magnificat.

    12th March 2012 *SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE (opus 610) LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , Concert by piano pupils of the late Christine Pembridge, including Josie Ellis, Kamali & Tallulah Maidment, Roseanna Capon-Richards, Gaspar Hunt, Peter Copley, Margaret Grimsdell, Howard Blake, James Adutt, Sophia Cheung, Eugenia Cheng, Yuri Paterson-Olenich,


    The programme will include works for piano by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov etc. and in memory of his teacher Howard will give the first UK performance of  "Speech after long silence" commissioned for the Hong-Kong International Piano Competition in 2011 and a concert piano version of "Walking in the Air" .



     

     

    1st March 2012 THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522)

    The Snowman Stage Show is planning to run its third season in South Korea in Spring 2012. The creation of the complete new Korean production by impresario Jae Och Chong  resulted from the succesful 3-week run in the Seoul Opera House in March-April 2009. Howard flew over to rehearse the musicians and oversee the first night.  A huge ovation greeted it and went on for so long that finally Howard was dragged up from his seat and persuaded to dance with the 'Korean Snow-woman' (a new character in traditional Korean costume and a special Korean musical 'signature' - both added specially for this splendid occasion.) The 2010 season was staged with all-Korean cast and musicians at the Hoam Art Hall in Seoul. Current plans suggest that the 2012 season will return to the splendid Seoul Opera House. (tbc)

    18th January 2012 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Benedict Kloeckner, cello and Jose Gallardo, piano, Schloss Ettlingen, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Kloeckner and Gallardo play 'Diversions' again - Howard's virtuosic work for cello and piano that qualified them as finalists in the EBU youth music prize 2010 and led to the winning of the first prize. The programme couples the work with a Brahms sonata.

    December 2011 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Danae Doerken and Benedict Kloeckner, Mecklenburg-Pommern-Festival
    25th December 2011
    - 26th December 2011
    *THE BEAR (an animated film) (opus 496) THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) (opus 310) WALKING IN THE AIR FOR UNISON CHILDREN'S CHOIR, SOLO TENOR OBBLIGATO AND ORCHESTRA (opus 626)

    Boxing Day 8.00am Ch.4 TV: A showing of the original animated film of The Bear

    16th December 2011
    - 31st December 2011
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522)

    Snowmen will be a regular sight in London's West End for the next decade.  Not the result of climate change, but thanks to a new 10-year deal to stage the critically-acclaimed live version of the much-loved children’s classic, THE SNOWMAN, at the Peacock Theatre. The Snowman has been staged every Christmas at the Peacock Theatre in London’s West End for the last twelve years, having started life at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1993. This new deal means the show will continue to delight audiences at the Peacock Theatre for many Christmases to come.  THE SNOWMAN first appeared as a beautifully illustrated picture book by Raymond Briggs in 1978. It subsequently inspired the classic Oscar Nominated, BAFTA Award winning animated film produced by John Coates and directed by Dianne Jackson, first transmitted by Channel 4 on Christmas Eve, 1982. The film’s signature song Walking In The Air, by Howard Blake, reached number 3 in the UK charts when sung by choirboy Aled Jones in 1985, and the song was voted number 2 in a poll conducted by Classic FM to find out children’s favourite pieces of classical music, beating Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

     In 2011 THE SNOWMAN will tour to: 

    The Lowry, Salford (22 – 26 Nov),

    Tampere Opera House, Finland (8 – 11 Dec)

    International Conference Centre (ICC)Birmingham (16 – 31 Dec).

    10th December 2011 *THE BEAR (an animated film) (opus 496) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323)

    The City of Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra will be giving 3 all-Howard Blake concerts before Christmas conducted by Colin Touchin with narrators Jacqueline Gourley and Henry Coombs. Programme will be The Snowman and The Bear, both with projected film 2.30 and 5.00 on 10.12.11 at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall 2.30 on 11.12.11 at Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

    2nd December 2011
    - 4th December 2011
    *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY(for SATB choir and 8 brass) (opus 415)

    Rockingham Choral Society Christmas concert feature the American premiere of Four Songs of the Nativity by Howard Blake, which combines ancient texts with 21st century music. New Hampshire, USA

    30th November 2011
    - 8th January 2012
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522)

    This year's run of the Snowman Stage Show is scheduled to open at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre in London's West End on December 1st and is scheduled to run till January 9th, about 66 performances. This will be its fourteenth successive Christmas season.

    21st October 2011
    - 22nd October 2011
    *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) , Westminster Abbey

    Howard Blake contributed a special arrangement for voice and organ of the treble solo from his oratorio 'The Passion of Mary' (issued by Naxos in 2010) as a contribution to an all-night vigil held in Westminster Abbey on October 21/22

    17th October 2011 *SPIELTRIEB (string quartet in one movement) (opus 594) A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (FOR STRING QUARTET) (opus 611) LEDA AND THE SWAN (opus 249) STRING TRIO (opus 199) WALKING IN THE AIR for string quartet (opus 615)

    The Edinburgh Quartet celebrated its 50th anniversary by commissioning a quartet with the title 'Spieltrieb' ("the urge to play"), given its first performance in the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on February 19th 2010 and since recorded on Naxos along with four other new works. On Monday 17th October they will be playing on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme.

    7th October 2011 TRIO FOR FLUTE , CELLO AND PIANO (opus 617) , 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 (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Benedict Kloeckner and Howard Blake perform a lunchtime concert programme of 'Diversions for cello and piano' and 'Cello Sonata', The International Cello Festival, Kronberg Academy, Kronberg, Germany, 10.30-12.00am
    2nd October 2011 CELLO SONATA (opus 619) , Benedict and Howard, Kronberg
    18th August 2011
    - 19th August 2011
    TRIO FOR FLUTE , CELLO AND PIANO (opus 617) , Susan Milan, National Flute Association, Charlotte, N.Carolina, USA
    3rd August 2011 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , Manchester Camerata Ensemble, Lake District Summer Music, Lakes Hall, Troutbeck Bridge, LA23 1HW,

    Programme • Howard Blake: Serenade for Wind Octet | • Beethoven: Octet in E flat, Op 103 | • Mozart: Serenade in E flat (K375) | • Dvořák: Serenade in D minor, Op 44 (B 77) for wind instruments |

    8th May 2011 CELLO SONATA (opus 619) , 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'

    8th May 2011 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Benedict Kloeckner and Howard Blake, Historische Cafehalle, Schlangenbad, Mainz

    Benedict Kloeckner spielt Howard Blake - werke des beruhmten britischen Komponisten fur cello und Klavier

    7th May 2011 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , 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) (opus 577) , Lexden Choral Society, Beverley Lockyer (soprano),Richard Edgar-Wilson(tenor), Alistair Chapman(bass), Colchester Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sarah Blake, St.Botolph's Church, Colchester
    5th February 2011 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , 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 (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , 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 (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , Victoria Symphony Orchestra, conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia, The Royal Theatre, Victoria
    4th December 2010 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY (for SATB choir and 5 brass) (opus 531) , Kettering Camerata together with the Camerata Brass, 7.30pm, at Fuller Baptist Church, Gold Street, Kettering
    26th November 2010 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Benedict Kloeckner, Bratislava EBU Young Artists Competition
    2nd October 2010 FLUTE CONCERTO (opus 493A) , Rachel Coghlan flute, Daniel Parkinson conductor. Chester Chamber Orchestra, Wesley Methodist Hall, Chester
    27th June 2010 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Benjamin Scott (vn.) and Brad Clark (pno), The Lyceum,Washington Street, Alexandria, USA (Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association)3pm
    20th June 2010 FLUTE QUINTET (for flute and string quartet) (opus 493) , Anthony Robb, Primavera Ensemble, Baron's Hall, Penshurst Place, Sussex
    20th April 2010 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , 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 (opus 439) , 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 (string quartet in one movement) (opus 594) , 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 (string quartet in one movement) (opus 594) , Edinburgh Quartet, Aberdeeen University 7.30
    19th February 2010 *SPIELTRIEB (string quartet in one movement) (opus 594) , 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 (opus 586) , James Shenton, Chapel Royal, Brighton
    8th February 2010 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Benedict Klockner and Jose Gallardo, Sud West Deutche Rundfunk, Mainz, Germany

    A recording for future broadcast

    27th January 2010 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Violinist James Shenton, St Nicholas Church Brighton
    11th January 2010 SLEEPWALKING (for soprano vocalise, solo cello and piano) (opus 599) , 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 choir and 5 brass) (opus 531) , ,
    18th December 2009 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY (for SATB choir and 5 brass) (opus 531) , Oxford Philomusica and chorus, Sheldonian Theatre Oxford
    18th December 2009 SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA) (opus 575) , Oxford Philomusica and chorus cond. by Howard Blake, Sheldonian Oxford
    18th December 2009 FLUTE CONCERTO (opus 493A) , Anthony Robb (flute), Oxford Philomusica, Howard Blake (conductor), Sheldonian, Oxford
    4th December 2009 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) (opus 378)

    Michael Calmes & String Quartet led by Lynn Chang, Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, December 4, 2009, Christ Church, Cambridge, MA

    1st December 2009
    - 2nd December 2009
    THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , Cologne Radio Orchestra, conducted by Tobias van de Locht
    7th November 2009 *EVA (BALLET IN THREE ACTS FOR ORCHESTRA, SOLO VIOLIN AND SATB CHORUS) (opus 481) , 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)

    November 2009 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Benedict Kloeckner and Elisaveta Blumina,

    First performance in Germany

    28th October 2009 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , 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 (opus 451) , Cheltenham Cantilena Orchestra conducted by Stephen Belinfante, Cheltenham Town Hall 3.00pm
    4th August 2009 *EVA (BALLET IN THREE ACTS FOR ORCHESTRA, SOLO VIOLIN AND SATB CHORUS) (opus 481) , Antalya State Opera House Turkey

    Robert North and Howard Blake created the ambitious 3-act ballet 'Eva' for Gothenburg Opera House, Sweden in 1996. The first act was newly composed music, lasting about 40 minutes for large orchestra and virtually stands on its own with the sub-title 'Birth-rite'; Acts II & III are to be performed in this version for Turkey which features music from Howard's violin concerto, Toccata for orchestra, A month in the country, piano quartet and the oratorio 'Benedictus'. Antalya State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Hakan Kalkan. (The work is scheduled to receive at least 20 performances over 5 seasons

    29th July 2009 DIVERSIONS FOR MARIMBA AND PIANO (opus 439A) , Sam Walton(marimba), Jeremy Young (piano), Alfriston Summer Music
    29th July 2009 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (opus 586) , Tristan Gurney (violin), Howard Blake (piano), Alfriston Summer Music
    29th July 2009 *SPIELTRIEB (string quartet in one movement) (opus 594) , The Edinburgh String Quartet, Alfriston Summer Music

    Preview performance

    12th July 2009 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE (and guessing game) (opus 335) , Northern Sinfonia, cond: Tim Redmond, Sands Centre Carlisle
    31st May 2009 GRANPA (opus 393) , Macao Orchestra of the macao SAR government conducted by Francis Khan., Macao Cultural Centre
    9th May 2009 THE BELLS (opus 424) , 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 (opus 25) , The Sterling Trio, St James's Piccadlly London, 1.10pm
    25th April 2009 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Richard Edgar-Wilson, Lexden Choral Society and Colchester Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sarah Blake, Charter Hall, Colchester, Essex
    28th March 2009
    - 12th April 2009
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , 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 (opus 427) , Sugar Land Opera/Imperial Performing Arts, Briscoe Manor, Houston, Texas
    December 2008 THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522)
    December 2008 TRIO FOR FLUTE CLARINET AND PIANO (opus 25)
    27th December 2008 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , Nadia Giliova, Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alan Cook, Murmansk, Russia

    Russian premiere

    21st December 2008
    - 22nd December 2008
    THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , Bath Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. by Jason Thornton, Colston Hall, Bristol; Town hall, Cheltenham
    14th December 2008 FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY (for SATB choir and 5 brass) (opus 531) , St Bavo Cathedral Koorschool Choir Haarlem, directed by Gilles Michels, Haarlem,Holland
    13th December 2008
    - 14th December 2008
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , Ballet Bellevue, Seattle
    9th December 2008 SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA) (opus 575) , 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 (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , 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 (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , 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
    THE BEAR for narrator, girl soprano, tenor, baritone and piano (opus 578) , 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 (for flute and string quartet) (opus 493) , 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 (opus 404) , Andrea Kautzmann, Leverkusen Jazz Festival
    3rd November 2008 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , 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 (opus 404) , 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 (opus 3) , Nadia Giliova, Leconfield Hall, Petworth as part of the Petworth Festival
    28th October 2008 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , William Chen, solo piano, with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Howard Blake, The Cadogan Hall, Kensington, London

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 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 was conducted by the composer and included the concert version of 'The Snowman' for treble (sung by the 10-year old 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.

    28th October 2008 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) , 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 (opus 130) , 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 (opus 3) , Nadia Giliova, Wigmore Hall
    11th July 2008 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , Nadia Giliova, Wigmore Hall

    (selected works)

    8th July 2008 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , Smithy Bridge Primary School, Symphony Hall Birmingham

    'Windy Nights' only - Music for Youth National Festival

    28th June 2008 *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY (opus 546) , 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 (opus 393) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , 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 (opus 489) , William Chen, Nagoya, Japan
    29th March 2008 FESTIVAL MASS (for a cappella double choir) (opus 377) , Bristol Bach Chorus, conductor Peter Leech, St.Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, 7.30pm
    8th March 2008 *ALL GOD'S CREATURES (opus 468) , 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 (opus 451) , 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 (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) (opus 522) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Norwich Pops Orchestra, Geoff Davidson (with film), Norwich Playhouse, Norfolk, UK
    26th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Mecklenburgisches Staats-theater, Martin Schelhaas, Mecklenburgisches Staats-theater Schwerin, Germany
    26th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra/Piecaitis, Vilnius Congress Concert Hall Lithuania
    23rd December 2007
    - 24th December 2007
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Northern Sinfonia, Alan Fearon, The Sage, Gateshead (with film)
    22nd December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Royal Scottish Natonal Orchestra, Christopher Bell, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow (with film)
    22nd December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Walking in the Air, Royal Liverpool PO/Ian McMillan, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool UK
    21st December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Peter Cynfryn Jones BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Peter Cynfryn Jones, Music Hall, Aberdeen UK
    20th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Peter Cynfryn Jones, Town Hall, Ayr UK
    20th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Nordeutscherundfunk, Hannover, Howard Griffiths, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Hannover, Germany
    19th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , RSNO, Music Hall Aberdeen
    18th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , RSNO Christopher Bell, Caird Hall Dundee
    18th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , , Suhl und Gothe Germany
    17th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Orchestra of St John's/John Lubbock, Cadogan Hall, London (with film) UK
    16th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Northern Chamber Orchestra, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire (x 2) UK
    16th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Walking in the Air Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra/Glyn Oxley, Town Hall, Cheltenham UK
    15th December 2007 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY(for SATB choir and 8 brass) (opus 415) , Cambridge Philharmonic Society, Prime Brass, Emmanuel United Reform Church
    15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , The Cantori Vocal Ensemble/Michael Crombie, United Free Church, Woodford Green UK
    15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Worcester Symphony Orchestra//Adrian Lucas, Worcester Cathedral UK
    15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Northampton County Youth 'Oldies' Orchestra/Paul Truman, Northampton High School UK
    15th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , London Mozart Players, Walking in the Air, Croydon Parish Church
    13th December 2007
    - 30th December 2007
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION) (opus 459) , Edinburgh Festival Theatre (33 performances)
    8th December 2007 SINFONIETTA (opus 300) , Prime Brass, Linton Village College,Cambridgeshire, 7.30pm
    8th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Ulster orchestra, Christopher Bell, Waterfront Hall, Belfast (2 perf with film)
    8th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , cond. Markus L Frank, Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau (3 perfs) Germany
    8th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Northampton Concert Orchestra/David Chambers, United Reformed Church, Northampton UK
    7th December 2007 *SCOTLAND (opus 587) , Cappella Nova directed by Alan Tavener, Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley, Glasgow
    6th December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , , Suhl und Gothe Germany
    5th December 2007
    - 6th January 2008
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION) (opus 459) , Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre London (53 performances)
    2nd December 2007 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , Bath Philharmonia: Howard Blake double bill The Snowman and The Bear. 2.30pm, 7.30pm,

    ,

    1st December 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , National YO of Ireland, Gearoid Grant, The Helix, Dublin
    25th November 2007 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Bath Philharmonia, Jason Thornton, Howard Blake (pre-concert talk), Theatre Royal Bath (2 perfs)
    21st November 2007 SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (SHORTENED VERSION) (opus 584) , Tampere cast and musicians, Tampere Comedy Theatre, Finland
    17th November 2007 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Funharmonics, Chris Jarvis/David Angus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall
    14th October 2007 *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) , , St Gorans, Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday 14th October 4.00 pm
    23rd September 2007 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , 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 (opus 451) , 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 (opus 1a) , 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 (opus 489) , Nadia Giliova, St James' Piccadilly, lunchtime recital
    1st August 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Taipei Chinese Orchestra conducted by En Shao, Taipei, Taiwan (tbc)
    30th June 2007 *ALL GOD'S CREATURES (opus 468) , 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 & harp) (opus 202) , Paul Lundin (violin), Kelsey Erdahl (harp), LRC Auditorium, Bay College, Escanaba, Michigan,USA
    12th May 2007 *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY (opus 546) , Sussex Chorus conducted by Neil Jenkins, Lancing College Chapel
    12th April 2007 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (opus 248) , 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) (opus 217) , William Chen and Laura MacDonald, Shanghai Conservatory Concert Hall
    1st April 2007 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , 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 (opus 451) , 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 (opus 451) , Helen Mitchell (conductor) with choir and orchestra of Mary Erskine School, Usher Hall Edinburgh
    13th March 2007 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , 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 (opus 364a) , 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 (opus 489) , 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 (opus 546) , Elgar Chorale, Donald Hunt, Leeds Parish Church
    7th January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 *CHRISTMAS LULLABY (opus 413) , 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 (and guessing game) (opus 335) , CPO conducted by the composer, Corn Exchange Cambridge
    7th January 2007 REINDEER DANCE (opus 575A) , CPO conducted by the composer, Cambridge Corn Exchange
    7th January 2007 DANCE OF THE ICE-PRINCESS (opus 575B) , CPO conducted by the composer, Cambridge Corn Exchange
    7th January 2007 JACK FROST'S STORM DANCE (opus 575C) , CPO conducted by the composer, Cambridge Corn Exchange
    7th January 2007 SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA) (opus 575) , Bernard Cribbins,Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, cond Howard Blake, Corn Exchange Cambridge
    5th January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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) (opus 459) , Full cast choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, Birmingham Rep Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham
    4th January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Carl Davis, Auditorio Baluarte, Pamplona, Spain (with film)
    2nd January 2007 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Northern Sinfonia, Alan Fearon (with film), The Sage, Gateshead
    28th December 2006
    - 29th December 2006
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Northern Sinfonia conducted by Alan Fearon, with film, Middlesborough Town Hall The Sage, Gateshead
    23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with film, Toronto, Canada
    23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , RSNO, Christopher Bell (with film), Usher Hall, Edinburgh
    23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi, Fabrizio Dorsi, Milan, Italy
    23rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society, Aurelian SO, Tim Hooper, Brentwood Centre, UK
    21st December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , RSNO Christopher Bell (with film), Caird Hall, Dundee
    20th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Junior Chorus, Christopher Bell, Music hall, Aberdeen
    17th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Bell, with film, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
    17th December 2006 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , RTE Concert Orchestra, The Helix, Dublin tbc
    17th December 2006
    - 18th December 2006
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Orchestra of the National Concert Hall, David Brophy, Craig Doyle, National Concert hall, Dublin
    16th December 2006
    - 17th December 2006
    *CHRISTMAS LULLABY (opus 413) , Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, cond. Bruce Rodney Dunn, Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops. BC Canada
    16th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Folkestone orchestra, Saga Pavilion, Folkestone
    14th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Latymer Students, Latymer School, London
    14th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Student orchestra, Geoff Lavery, Bedford Modern School
    13th December 2006
    - 30th December 2006
    THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION) (opus 459) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Dacorum Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Loten, Berkhampstead Collegiate School
    12th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn, St David's Hall, Cardiff
    11th December 2006
    - 12th December 2006
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra, St Margaret's Church Ayr
    10th December 2006 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, Cheltenham Town Hall
    9th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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) (opus 459) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , National Chiang Kai Shek Symphony Orchestra, with film. Carl Davis, National Chiang Kai Shek Auditorium, Taipei, Taiwan
    5th December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Caerphilly Music & Arts services (x2), Cardiff
    3rd December 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Gottingen SO, Christoph Muller, Gottingen, Germany
    1st December 2006
    - 3rd December 2006
    THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Landesjugendorkester Bremen (Leer), Bremen Germany
    27th November 2006 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) (opus 378) , University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE USA
    25th November 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, 'Symphony for Kids', Edmonton, Canada (with film projection)
    25th November 2006 *WINTERDREAM (opus 552) , 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 for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Duna Szimfonikus Zenekar, Duna palata, Budapest, Hungary
    11th November 2006 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE (and guessing game) (opus 335) , Peoria Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Commonday, Peoria, Illinois, USA
    1st November 2006 LE BONHOMME DE NEIGE (for narrator , treble and orchestra) (opus 342) , Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie conducted by Dirk Boiy, narrator Olivier Gourmet, Belgian and French record release
    1st November 2006 *THE ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS (for basset clarinet and piano) (opus 566) , 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 (for clarinet & piano) (opus 407) , 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 (opus 419) , 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) (opus 574) , Janet Hilton, Andrew Watson, Howard Blake, 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London
    1st November 2006 PENNILLION (for Flute and Piano) (opus 448B) , Gay Byam-Grounds, Howard Blake, 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London
    19th October 2006 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , 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) (opus 545) , Martlesham Cantilena Choir directed by Helen Patricia Burrows, St John's Ipswich, 7.15; Suffolk Festival of the Performing Arts
    4th October 2006 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , Jenni Fleming, Queensland Conservatorium,Griffith University, Brisbane,Australia, Kawai Concert Series,
    30th September 2006 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , 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) (opus 548) , Sussex Piano Trio, Holy Trinity, Horsham
    17th September 2006 PENNILLION (For Flute And Harp) (opus 448) , 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 (opus 489) , 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 (and guessing game) (opus 335) , 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) (opus 576) , Aled Jones, Recording at Marcangelo Studios, London
    23rd July 2006 *HAIKU (opus 567) , William Chen, Government House Concert Series, Sydney
    16th July 2006 PENNILLION (for violin and piano) (opus 571) , Helen Burrows, David Ruddock, St Michael's Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich
    5th July 2006 SUITE:A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (opus 446) , Ensemble Orchestral Stringendo/Jean Thorel, Annexe de la mairie XIV arrt. Paris
    29th June 2006
    - 2nd July 2006
    THE STATION (opus 427) , State Opera of South Australia, Opera House Marleston SA

    29-30 June 1-2 July

    11th June 2006 PENNILLION (For Flute And Harp) (opus 448) , Eluned Pierce (harp) and Catherine Handley (flute), Raglan Festival, South Wales
    4th June 2006 *THE CHRISTCHURCH MASS (opus 429) , Christ Church Choir, Rupert Perkins, Christ Church, Kensington
    26th May 2006 *HAIKU (opus 567) , William Chen, Chita, Nagoya, Japan

    First performance

    6th May 2006 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , 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 (opus 282) , 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 (opus 489) , Anca Nite, Greyfriars Church Edinburgh

    Selected pieces from 'Lifecycle' preceding a performance of 'Benedictus'

    18th February 2006 *MY LIFE SO FAR (opus 508) , TV showing BBC 2 11.45pm
    4th February 2006 *WINTERDREAM (opus 552) , 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 (opus 553) , '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 (and guessing game) (opus 335) , Northern Sinfonia, The Sage Gateshead
    20th December 2005 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE (and guessing game) (opus 335) , Norwich Philharmonic Society, St Andrew's Hall Norwich
    17th December 2005 *SULTANSONG (opus 561) , 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) (opus 378) , 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 (opus 374) , Thirteen Strings, Grant Cooper, St Andrews Church Ottawa
    8th August 2005 *SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY (opus 546) , 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 (opus 393) , Joe Junior, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Anthony Inglis, Kowloon City Hall, Hong Kong
    19th June 2005 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Anthony Inglis, Kowloon City Hall
    15th June 2005 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , 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 (opus 402) , Maria Jose, Diploma recital Duke's Hall Royal Academy of Music
    18th May 2005 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , Howard Blake, Recital Room, Ardingly College, Sussex
    13th December 2004
    - 18th December 2004
    THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , 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 (opus 282) , Darren Abrahams (tenor), Arun Choral Society, Sinfonia of Arun, Dorset House School Boys Choir, solo viola Elisabeth Peskett, speaker Monsignor Jeffrey Scott, Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, Sussex.
    May 2004 'TOCCATA' - A CELEBRATION OF THE ORCHESTRA (opus 386) , 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 (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , Michael Fenton Stevens, London Concert Orchestra, Howard Blake (cond.), The Barbican Concert Hall, City of London
    28th December 2003 THE BEAR CONCERT VERSION (for narrator or film), girl soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (opus 510) , Michael Fenton Stevens (narrator), London Concert Orchestra conducted by Howard Blake, Birmingham Symphony Hall
    13th December 2003 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , William Kendall (tenor), David Halls (conductor), The Rt.Revd Michael Mayne, former Dean of Westminster Abbey(speaker), orchestra & chorus of The Salisbury Music Society, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
    19th November 2003 Sleepwalking (For Soprano and Piano Quartet) (opus 537) , Patricia Rozario, The Schubert Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London
    19th November 2003 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , The Schubert Ensemble, Wigmore Hall
    19th November 2003 THREE SUSSEX SONGS (ARRANGED FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO) (opus 542) , Patricia Rozario (soprano), Howard Blake (piano), Wigmore Hall
    19th November 2003 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) (opus 378) , Patricia Rozario, Schubert Ensemble, Wigmore Hall
    October 2003 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (opus 248) , Sussex Chorus and orchestra conducted by Neil Jenkins, St George's Kemp Town Brighton
    September 2003 'TOCCATA' - A CELEBRATION OF THE ORCHESTRA (opus 386) , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Cleobury, St John's Smith Square London
    16th August 2002 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , 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 (opus 489) , You-Chiong Lin, Alexandre Gallery, The Skryabin Space, Hanover Square, London
    18th May 2002 STABAT MATER (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 521) , 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 (opus 489) , 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

    9th June 2001 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Jeffrey Cresswell, Lexden Choral Society, Colchester Voiceworks and Felsted Children's Choir; Sarah Blake (conductor); performance specially choreographed by graduates of the Royal Academy of Dancing, Charter Hall, Colchester, Essex
    18th November 2000 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Andrew Phillips (tenor), Cantemus Choir, The Chantry Quire, Dorset School House Choristers, Stewart Harper (conductor), Andrew Benians, (organ), Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea, Hampshire
    4th November 2000 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Harrogate Choral Society, Ripon Cathedral, Ripon, Yorkshire

    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 (opus 446) , 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 (opus 337) , Robert Cohen (cello), The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Barry Wordsworth, Hove Town Hall

    A concert to celebrate the Millenium

    May 2000 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Martin Rummel (cello) and Howard Blake (piano), The British Music Information Centre
    13th April 2000 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , Berkshire Young Musicians Trust, Gillian Dibden (conductor), Royal Albert Hall

    Programmed with 'Carmina Burana' conducted by Christopher Bell

    22nd May 1999 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Richard Jenkinson, East Grinstead Choral Society, East Grinstead, Sussex
    16th May 1999 *ALL GOD'S CREATURES (opus 468) , Young People's Chorus, New York, New York, USA
    23rd March 1999 * 'IF' - a setting of the poem by Kipling (opus 506) , Massed choir of Thomas's Day Schools, Band of the Brigade of the Ghurkas, English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Blake, Royal Albert Hall
    6th July 1998 *STILL FALLS THE RAIN (opus 495) , Chester Bach Singers, Bolton Parish Church
    16th May 1998 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , William Kendall, Winchester Cathedral Choir, Bournemouth Sinfonietta conducted by David Hill, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset
    16th May 1998 *STILL FALLS THE RAIN (opus 495) , Chester Bach Singers, Martin Bussey, Chester Cathedral UK

    First performance

    25th March 1998
    - 26th March 1998
    *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , 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) (opus 441) , Katerina Andreasson, The Philharmonia, Royal Festival Hall
    19th October 1997 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Anders Andersson, Stockholm Boys Choir, St Gorans Choirs and orchestra, solo viola Lars Anders Tomte, conductor Olov Risberg, St Gorans Church, Stockholm, Sweden
    19th April 1997 *ALL GOD'S CREATURES (opus 468) , Mary Erskine and Stewart's Melville Schools choir and orchestra conducted by Helen Mitchell, The Usher Hall, Edinburgh
    December 1996 *VIOLIN CONCERTO (THE LEEDS) (opus 441) , Lorraine McAslan, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Marble Hill Concerts
    21st December 1996 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , Howard Blake, Gothenburg Opera House (Recital Room)
    6th August 1996 LIFECYCLE (opus 489) , Howard Blake, Schloss Rosenegg, Steyr, Austria
    August 1996 THE STATION (opus 427) , Jigsaw Opera Group, Thaxted
    21st July 1996
    - 24th July 1996
    THE STATION (opus 427) , Jigsaw opera group, Purcell Room,The South Bank,London
    July 1996 THE STATION (opus 427) , Jigsaw Opera Group, Battersea Arts Centre
    23rd March 1996 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , James Oxley, The Chichester Singers, Bedales School Choir, Southern Pro Musica, Jonathan Willcocks (cond), Chichester Cathedral, Sussex
    8th March 1996
    - 14th March 1996
    *EVA (BALLET IN THREE ACTS FOR ORCHESTRA, SOLO VIOLIN AND SATB CHORUS) (opus 481) , Howard Blake conducted his new ballet on 8th, 12th and 14th March 1996, each time receiving a stand-up ovation. The performance on 13th March was given by the in-house conductor Fin Rosengren. The solo violin part in acts 2 and 3 was played by Kristina Andreasson (8, 13)and Joachim Gustafson (12, 14), Gothenberg Opera House, Sweden
    25th February 1996 THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323) , Cambridge Philharmonic Society, Matthew Rowe, Corn Exchange Cambridge

    Walking in the air

    December 1995 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Sir David Willcocks, Greenlake Festival, Wisconsin, USA
    December 1995 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Jonathan Willcocks, Chichester Cathedral, Sussex
    2nd December 1995 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , New London Children's Choir & New London Orchestra conducted by Ron Corp, St John's Smith Square
    31st October 1995 *ALL GOD'S CREATURES (opus 468) , Surrey Youth Music & Performing Arts, Surrey County Youth Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall
    26th August 1995 Twelve Pieces For Piano (opus 192) , 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) (opus 217) , Wayne Marshall and Howard Blake, King's Lynn Festival
    25th March 1995 *THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (opus 451) , Mary Erskine School choir and orchestra / David Rintoul (speaker) / Helen Mitchell, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
    22nd March 1995 *ALL GOD'S CREATURES (opus 468) , Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra and massed Surrey children's choir conducted by Howard Blake, Guildford Cathedral
    December 1994 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Maldwyn Davies (tenor), Scunthorpe & District Choral Society, Scunthorpe Co-operative Junor Choir, East of England Orchestra, Dr Donald Hunt (conductor), Thomas Holme (narrator), Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, Yorkshire

    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) (opus 441) , Christiane Edinger, Howard Blake conducting The English Sinfonia (first London performance), Kenwood Lakeside Concerts
    14th May 1994 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Walter Dixon (tenor), Jersey Festival Choir, Royal College of Music Orchestra, Wesley Grove Methodist Church Jersey, Channel Islands
    4th May 1994 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Bridgewater & District Choral Society, St. Mary's Church, Bridgewater, Somerset
    26th March 1994 CLARINET CONCERTO (opus 329) , Michael Collins, Jonathan Butcher, Surrey Philharmonic, Dorking Halls
    26th March 1994 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , Camerata Wind Soloists, Nicholas Yonge Society, Lewes Tertiary College
    26th March 1994 THE CONQUEST OF SPACE (opus 381) , The Syracuse Symphony, New York Community Foundation Inc., conducted by Peter Rubardt, Cruise Hinds Concert Theatre, Syracuse, NY, USA
    19th February 1994 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Julian Podger, Romsey Choral Society, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, conductor David Truslove, Romsey Abbey, Hampshire
    6th February 1993 *VIOLIN CONCERTO (THE LEEDS) (opus 441) , English Northern Philharmonia / Christiane Edinger / Paul Daniel, Town Hall, Leeds
    18th November 1992 The Station (original version) (opus 195) , Platform Theatre, Haywards Heath
    18th November 1992
    - 21st November 1992
    THE STATION (opus 427) , 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 (opus 282) , Crawley Concordia, Jonathan Butcher, Hawth Arts Centre, Crawley, Sussex
    7th November 1992 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Portsmouth Choral Union, Jonathan Willcocks, Portsmouth Cathedral, Hampshire
    8th August 1992 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , Howard Blake (piano), Anthony Inglis (conductor), RPO, Kenwood Lakeside
    1st August 1992 THE CONQUEST OF SPACE (opus 381) , The Wren Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black, Kenwood Lakeside, English Heritage Concert
    22nd May 1992 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Martyn Hill (tenor), Chester Bach Choir, Malcolm Bussey (conductor), Chester Cathedral, Cheshire
    13th May 1992 *FAITH ALONE CAN BUILD A CITY (opus 438) , The congregation and organist conducted by Stuart Beer, York Minster
    3rd May 1992 DIVERSIONS (cello and piano) (opus 337A) , Robert Cohen, Howard Blake, The Manchester Cello Festival at the RNCM
    7th March 1992 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Martyn Hill, Guildford Philharmonic Choir, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks, Guildford Cathedral, Surrey
    29th February 1992 THE BELLS (opus 424) , Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra / children of East Sussex Schools / Howard Blake, The Dome, Brighton
    February 1992 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Howard Blake. The Piano Concerto played by the composer, conducted by the leader of the orchestra,, The Dome Concert Hall, Brighton

    The concert was all-Howard Blake programme presented by his home city, Brighton, in the presence of the Mayor and other dignitaries. Programme: 1. Concert Dances for orchestra. 2. The Snowman concert version for narrator, boy soprano (here sung by Brighton Childrens Chorus), and orchestra; 3. 'The Bells', a cantata for massed children's chorus and full orchestra, a setting of Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Bells' (commissioned by The Brighton Philharmonic Society and Sussex Arts); 4. The Piano Concerto.

    8th December 1991 *CHRISTMAS LULLABY (opus 413) , Wren Orchestra / Cantamus / Howard Blake, Barbican Centre, London
    November 1991 'TOCCATA' - A CELEBRATION OF THE ORCHESTRA (opus 386) , 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 (opus 337) , Steven Isserlis, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Vernon Handley, The Three Choirs Festival, Hereford Cathedral
    22nd August 1991 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (opus 248) , 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 *THE CHRISTCHURCH MASS (opus 429) , Choir of Christ Church Kensington, Malcolm Haines, Christ Church Kensington
    23rd June 1991 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string orchestra) (opus 378a) , Martyn Hill, Robert Cohen, Charleston Manor Festival
    19th June 1991 *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) , 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 choir and 8 brass) (opus 415) , The Bach Choir, St. George's Windsor
    23rd December 1990 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY(for SATB choir and 8 brass) (opus 415) , The Bach Choir, Royal Albert Hall
    19th December 1990 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY(for SATB choir and 8 brass) (opus 415) , The Bach Choir, Fairfield Hall
    16th December 1990 *FOUR SONGS OF THE NATIVITY(for SATB choir and 8 brass) (opus 415) , The Bach Choir, Royal Albert Hall
    15th December 1990 SERENADE FOR WIND OCTET (opus 419) , Camerata Soloists, Seaton Music Club
    15th December 1990 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , William Kendall, Waynefleet Singers, Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire
    17th June 1990 *JUBILATE DEO (opus 406) , Oratorio Choir / Stanley Powell, Abington Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania
    20th May 1990 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Robert Tear, Ditchling Choral Society, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Choristers of Hurstpierpoint College, Janet Canetty-Clarke, St Bartholomews Church Brighton

    An all-Howard Blake concert programme including the Clarinet Concerto played by Emma Johnson

    20th May 1990 CLARINET CONCERTO (opus 329) , Emma Johnson, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Festival
    26th February 1990 MOVEMENT FOR ORCHESTRA (opus 42) , Grant Hossack, BBC Radio Orchestra, BBC The Hippodrome, Golders Green

    BBC broadcast 29th October 1991 as 'Symphony in one movement'

    26th February 1990 HEARTBEAT (opus 404) , BBC Big Band and the BBC Radio Orchestra, Ian Dixson, (solo tenor saxophone), conductor Grant Hossack,
    December 1989 Concert Dances (For Piano And Orchestra) (opus 334) , The Philharmonia Orchestra, Howard Blake, Henry Wood Hall
    9th July 1989 GRANPA (opus 393) , 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 (opus 337) , Steven Isserlis, The Philharmonia cond. by Howard Blake, The Royal Festival Hall
    2nd June 1989 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Robert Tear (tenor), The Bach Choir & the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral, The Philharmonia led by Bradley Cresswick, solo viola John Chambers, conducted by Sir David Willcocks, speaker The Revd. Donald Reeves, Royal Festival Hall, London

    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) (opus 378) , Ian Partridge, Coull Quartet, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
    29th March 1989 DIVERSIONS FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA (opus 337) , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Steven Isserlis / Charles Groves, Fairfield Halls, Croydon
    18th March 1989 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Richard Reaville (ten), Chester Bach Singers & orchestra cond. Martin Bussey, speaker the Dean of Chester, Chester Cathedral, Cheshire
    1st March 1989 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Sir David Willcocks, Abingdon choir & orchestra, Abingdon, Pennsylvania, USA
    17th July 1988 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Robert Tear, The Bach Choir, RPO led by Barry Griffiths, Sir David Willcocks, speaker Rev. John Drury, King's College Chapel, Cambridge, Cambs
    11th July 1988 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Maldwyn Davies (ten), Sir David Willcocks, John Chambers (viola), Bach Choir, Philharmonia, Cardinal Basil Hume (Archbishop of Westminster), choristers of Westminster cathedral (James O'Donnell choirmaster), Westminster Cathedral

    On the Feast of St Benedict

    1st June 1988 CLARINET CONCERTO (opus 329) , Angela Malsbury, London Mozart Players conducted by Howard Shelley, Corn Exchange Cambridge
    17th May 1988 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Edmund Barham, Domkirkens Mottetkor, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Bjarne Slogedahl, Internationale Kirkefestspill, Kristiansand, Norway
    3rd March 1988 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) (opus 378) , Martyn Hill, Coull Quartet, Recording for BBC Radio 3, Birmingham
    December 1987 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Sir David Willcocks, choir and orchestra, Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand
    4th October 1987 Walking In His Care (opus 379) , BBC TV Songs of Praise, St Mary Magdalene School, Mortlake
    27th August 1987 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Arthur Davies, The Festival Chorus and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conductor Dr Donald Hunt, Three Choirs Festival, Worcester Cathedral, Worcs.
    23rd August 1987 FESTIVAL MASS (for a cappella double choir) (opus 377) , Worcester Cathedral Choir / Donald Hunt, Three Choirs Festival, Worcester Cathedral
    21st July 1987 SHAKESPEARE SONGS (for tenor and string quartet) (opus 378) , Martyn Hill / Medici Quartet, Chester Festival
    21st July 1987 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , Medici Quartet, Howard Blake, Chester Festival
    6th July 1987 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , The Medici string quartet and Howard Blake, Leighton House, Kensington
    22nd June 1987 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Maldwyn Davies, Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society and Orchestra, conductor Dr. Michael Smith, Llandaff Cathedral, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
    24th May 1987 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Robert Tear, Scottish Philharmonic Singers (choir master Ian McCrorie), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, solo viola Carolyn Sparey Gillies, Sir David Willcocks, speaker Ian Aldred, St John's Kirk, Perth, Scotland as part of the Perth Festival of the Arts

    Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 9 August 1987

    16th May 1987 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Martyn Hill, The Cathedral Choristers, Cantata Choir, Manchester Camerata, conductor Stuart Beer, speaker The Dean of Manchester, Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
    10th March 1987 CLARINET CONCERTO (opus 329) , Pascual Y Martinez, City of Palma Symphony Orchestra, Palma Auditorium
    September 1986 FUSIONS (for brass band) (opus 361) , British Open Brass Championships, Manchester (test piece)
    25th January 1986 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Robert Tear, St Albans Bach Choir (chorus masters Colin Walsh and Andrew Parnell) 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, Herts

    World premiere of the final revision of the work

    December 1985 CLARINET CONCERTO (opus 329) , Thea King, The English Chamber Orchestra, Valencia, Spain
    5th May 1985 SINFONIETTA (opus 300) , 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 (opus 282) , Student choir and orchestra, Downside Abbey, Devizes, Wiltshire
    26th October 1984 NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE (and guessing game) (opus 335) , Sinfonia of London / Howard Blake, City Hall, St Albans (first performance)
    22nd August 1984 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Guy Woolfenden (cond) Oxford Music Camp singers and orchestra, Pigotts Farm Summer Music Camp near High Wycombe,Bucks
    30th October 1983 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Gregory Massingham, University Choir & Orchestra, St Cecilia Chorale, conductor Howard Blake, 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 (opus 282) , Alistair Thompson, Reigate & Redhill Choral Society and orchestra, conductor Jonathan Butcher, St Matthew's Church Redhill, Surrey
    22nd May 1980 BENEDICTUS (opus 282) , Richard Lewis (tenor), National Philharmonic Orchestra (leader Sidney Sax), solo viola Frederick Riddle, Ditchling Choral Society, conductor Janet Cannetty-Clarke, speaker Christopher Geer, Worth Abbey, Sussex

    The work was commissioned by the Ditchling Choral Society with assistance from The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, at the suggestion of the Right Reverend Victor Farwell, Abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Worth, as part of the Abbey's celebrations for the 1,500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Benedict of Nursia (480 - 543 AD)

    May 1980 PRELUDE FOR SOLO VIOLA (opus 402) , Frederick Riddle, Worth Abbey
    December 1978 Twelve Pieces For Piano (opus 192) , Howard Blake, BBC Radio Brighton
    5th April 1978 BLOOD RELATIVES (opus 264) , 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) (opus 217) , Howard Blake / Janet Cannetty-Clarke, BBC Radio Brighton
    July 1977 LEDA AND THE SWAN (opus 249) , Delme Quartet, BBC Lime Grove Studios
    3rd May 1977 THE SONG OF SAINT FRANCIS (opus 248) , 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 (original version) (opus 221) , The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hans Vonk, Fairfield Hall, Croydon
    1st May 1976 SUITE - THE UP AND DOWN MAN (FOR PIANO TRIO) (opus 186) , Jack Rothstein, Peter Willison, Howard Blake, Norman Hayes Hall, Haywards Heath
    10th September 1975 MOVEMENT FOR ORCHESTRA (opus 42) , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Arthur Davison under the title 'Movement for orchestra', Fairfield Halls, Croydon
    June 1975 PIANO QUARTET (opus 179) , Jack Rothstein / Kenneth Essex / Peter Willison / Howard Blake, Purcell Room, London
    April 1975 PENNILLION (for violin & harp) (opus 202) , Jack Rothstein / Annabel Etkind, Leighton House June 1976
    1st July 1974 Series Three (opus 188) , Holy Trinity choir, Holy Trinity Cuckfield
    June 1974 Diversions For Cello And Piano(original version) (opus 167) , 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 (opus 164) , Helen Watts and the composer, Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield, Sussex

    Performed as part of a song recital given by Helen Watts and Howard Blake to raise funds for the repairs to the church steeple

    15th August 1973 Almighty God Give Us Grace (opus 166) , Neil Page, Hurstpierpoint College choir, Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, Sussex
    14th September 1971 OBOE QUINTET (for oboe and string quartet) (opus 131) , David Powell, RCM string quartet, Royal College of Music
    12th October 1959 VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF BARTOK (opus 3) , Thorunn Tryggvason, Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music (student concert)
    5th May 1959 VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF BARTOK (opus 3) , Howard Blake, The Dome, Brighton (Brighton competitive musical festival)
    Diversions For Cello And Piano(original version) (opus 167)
    Make-Believe from Granpa (For Brass) (opus 555)
    Theme From The Snowman (For Brass) (opus 554)
    THE NEW NATIONAL SONGBOOK (opus 190)
    Make Believe (opus 358)
    LEDA AND THE SWAN (opus 249)
    THE ANNUNCIATION (opus 287)
    HENRY THE FIFTH (Shakespeare) (opus 330)
    The Remarkable Rocket (opus 354)
    *PIANO CONCERTO (opus 412) *THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) (opus 577) THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra (opus 323)

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