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HOWARD BLAKE OFFICIAL YOU TUBE SITE, Excerpts from recordings of Howard Blake's musical works, In process of assembly - see link below

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEUBXI4j216RUO5QfcGXNFQ/videos

 

'THE ANNUNCIATION' BALLET IN MONNCHEN GLADBACH & KREFELD OPERA HOUSES, The second part of a ballet evening 'Farben der Welt' choreographed and directed by Robert North. Musical direction: Andreas Fellner ,choreography assistant: Sheri Cook , stage and costumes: Andrew Storer. The music of 'The Annunciation' was adapted by its composer Howard Blake from a score he had originally composed for a BBC Play for Today,'Stronger than the Sun' with a script by Stephen Poliakoff and starring Francesca Annis and Tom Bell. It was an unusually 'dark' score for 6 violas, 6 violoncelli, contrabass, piano and percussion and it was played and recorded at that time by a section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer. The film told the harrowing story of a young woman who sacrificed her own life in a supreme protest at the use of nuclear arms. The film raised a considerable stir and the parallels with The Crucifixion were evident. Robert North was deeply affected by it and created this ballet to its music., Opera houses of Monnchen Gladbach and Krefeld, Lower Rheinland

4th May 2019
- 31st January 2020

FOUR ONE-ACT BALLETS DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY ROBERT NORTH

From paintings of the Renaissance and the classical modernity Robert North draws the ideas for this opulent ballet evening, to which the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker give musical splendor.

Henri Matisse caused a sensation in the 1940s with a series of paper cutouts, including many circus motifs. He was no stranger to the circles of the European avant-garde when this cycle appeared under the title Jazz - an allusion to the principle of improvisation. Robert North approaches Matisse with the eye and the imagination of the choreographer and gains exciting impulses for the dance from the colorfulness, ornamentation and clarity of the images in combination with music by Stravinsky.

A popular subject in Florentine painting of the 15th century, which also Sandro Botticelli took up, is the Annunciation to Mary. Botticelli made this biblical scene so theatrically expressive that Robert North felt inspired by the painting and, in collaboration with the composer Howard Blake, freely interpreted The Annunciation as a ballet, 'Verkundigung' (Sandro Botticelli)


SINFONIETTA FOR 10 BRASS IN STOCKHOLM, Sinfonietta Brass Ensemble, Stockholm, directed by Eirik Bernhard Steins, St. Goran's, Stockholm, Sweden

10th June 2019

'AGATHA' FILM SUITE - HARROGATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Harrogate Symphony Orchestra ('Agatha Suite' to be conducted by Howard Blake), Harrogate Proms, Royal Hall Harrogate, Yorkshire

22nd June 2019
A Very British Proms
Royal Hall June 22nd 2019
English Folk Song Suite (11) Vaughan-Williams
Elizabethan Serenade (3.40) and Binge
The Watermill (3.50) (oboe soloist)
Jupiter (from The Planets) (7.30) Holst
The Lark Ascending (15) Vaughan-Williams
By the Sleepy Lagoon (4) Coates
March from the Little Suite (4) Trevor Duncan
4 Scottish Dances (10) Malcolm Arnold
Proms:
Crown Imperial (7) Walton
Chanson de Matin (4) Elgar
Agatha (12) Howard Blake
Nimrod (Enigma Variations) (3) Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1 or 4 (5) Elgar
Fantasia on British Sea Songs (18) Wood/Sergeant
and Rule Britannia
Jerusalem (3) Parry
Timings:
1st half: 62
2nd half: 52 mins

CONCERT OF CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL WORKS IN SAINT ALBANS CATHEDRAL, Dong ill-Shin, Peter Auty, Julian Trevelyan, St.Albans Bach Choir directed by Andrew Sinclair with The Orchestra of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by the composer

13th July 2019

 

30TH ORGAN FESTIVAL OPENING  ST. ALBANS CATHEDRAL 13th JULY 2019

A concert of the music of Howard Blake obe fram, firstly celebrating his 80th year, secondly celebrating the opening of the 30th St Albans organ festival directed by David Titterington and thirdly recalling that Howard’s acclaimed oratorio 'Benedictus' was given its world premiere in St Albans Cathedral when conducted by Sir David Willcocks, sung by tenor Robert Tear, played by violist Frederick Riddle, withThe St Albans Bach and Cathedral Choirs and The English Chamber Orchestra with speaker, the very rev. the Dean of Saint Albans, (January 25th 1986). The programme planned for July 13th 2019 recalls this memorable concert but substantially adds to it:

1. THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (2003) for  solo organ (Dong ill-Shin,top prize-winning S.Korean organist) – A concert work originally commissioned by the Usher Hall Edinburgh to celebrate the restoration of their historic Father Willis organ and first performed there by Dame Gillian Weir on June 10th. 2003.

2.WALKING IN THE AIR (1982) sung by the internationally-acclaimed operatic tenor Peter Auty, who as a St. Paul’s chorister was selected by composer Howard Blake to record the definitive version of ‘Walking in the Air’ for his Oscar-nominated animation film and album  of ‘The Snowman’. This concert astonishingly brings them back together for the very first time since that very memorable recording of 1982, .

3. 'SPEECH AFTER LONG SILENCE' (2009) a virtuoso piano work commissioned by Vladimir Ashkenazy for the world piano contest in Hong Kong 2009, here played by the brilliant young St. Albans piano prizewinner, Julian Trevelyan

4. SONGS OF TRUTH AND GLORY (2005) - Five poems of George Herbert, (opus 546) for chamber choir and ensemble, originally commissioned as The Elgar Commission for the Three Choirs Festival 2005, Here performed by a section of the St. Albans Bach Choir conducted by Andrew Lucas.

INTERVAL

5. BENEDICTUS – A DRAMATIC ORATORIO (1986), was originally commissioned by Victor Farwell, Abbot of  the Benedictine abbey of Worth in mid-Sussex, in order to celebrate the 1,500th birthday of St. Benedict in 1980, when it was performed by Richard Lewis (tenor), The Ditchling Choral Society and The National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Janet Canetty-Clarke, with Frederick Riddle solo viola.  It was extensively revised by the composer over the following five years to be given its first complete performance  and world premiere at St Albans Cathedral on January 25th 1986 when it was conducted by Sir David Willcocks with Robert Tear (tenor) , Frederick Riddle  (solo viola), The English Chamber Orchestra and The Saint Albans Bach Choir.

In this performance, which opens the 30th St Albans Organ Festival on July 13th 2019.   The St. Albans Bach Choir (chorus-master Andrew Lucas) and The Orchestra of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will be conducted by the composer, with Peter Auty, solo tenor, Rosalind Ventris, solo viola and the role of Saint Benedict spoken by the Very Rev. Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Alban's.

 

MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW

7th November 2019
- 10th November 2019

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW AT GLASGOW THEATRE ROYAL

13th November 2019
- 17th November 2019

22ND SEASON OF THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW AT LONDON'S PEACOCK THEATRE, Robert North full ballet company directed by Julian Moss, orchestra directed by Costas Fotopoulos, Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre, Kingsway London

21st November 2019
- 30th January 2020

Overview

Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre, the definitive marker of the Christmas season! Combining dance, live music and storytelling, this enchanting spectacle is one for the whole family. See it from 21 November 2019.

The beloved show is now in its 22nd year, testament to its enduring charm. Based on the children’s book by Raymond Briggs, it also includes songs and music from Channel 4’s 1982 film of the same name, including “Walking in the Air”. The story is wordless, told instead through movement. Special effects ensure the sense of magic and spectacle capture the imaginations of the little ones in the audience.

One Christmas – so the story goes – a young boy rushes excitedly outside at the sight of freshly fallen snow. He takes great pride in building a tall snowman, complete with hat and scarf. All of a sudden, a festive miracle occurs: the icy figure comes to life and takes the boy’s hand. Together they embark on a heart-soaring adventure.

The production is directed by Bill Alexander, who is Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He counts a Binkie Beaumont Award for Best New Director and a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director to his name.

The Snowman is produced by John Coates. Original music and lyrics are by Howard Blake. Choreography is courtesy of Robert North, with design by Ruari Murchison’s and lighting by Tim Mitchell.

Families can’t fail to leave this show in top festive spirits. Come and find how fly you can high with the gorgeous, heart-warming The Snowman at Peacock Theatre from 21 November 2019.

Recommended for

Anybody who knows Christmas isn't complete without hearing "Walking in the Air", or who grew up reading Raymond Briggs' precious book, should be sure to get The Snowman tickets. This festive treat is perfect for children and grown-ups alike.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW AT THE LYRIC THEATRE HONG-KONG, Peacock theatre touring company

28th November 2019
- 1st December 2019

EALING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA-PIANO CONCERTO-JULIAN TREVELYAN-JOHN GIBBONS OM, Julian Trevelyan. Ealing Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Gibbons, Ealing Green Church

30th November 2019
Julian will give his first performance of the Howard Blake Piano Concerto in a programme of symphonic music including Mahler's 10th

BRIGHTON LUNCHTIME CONCERT-BLAKE, PARMENTER AND GREGORY PLAY BLAKE, Paul Gregory (solo guitar), Alan Parmenter (violin) with Howard Blake (piano), Chapel Royal, North Street,Brighton Tuesday 3rd December 1.00pm

3rd December 2019

'ALL GOD'S CREATURES' IN MID-SUSSEX, The Dolphin Hall, Haywards Heath

8th December 2019

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW-ESPLANADE THEATRE SINGAPORE, Peacock theatre touring company

11th December 2019
- 15th December 2019

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN BEIJING, Peacock theatre touring company - theatre tba

8th January 2020
- 12th January 2020

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW IN SHANGHAI, Peacock theatre touring company, Shanghai theatre tba

15th January 2020
- 19th January 2020

WORTHING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - PIANO CONCERTO, JULIAN TREVELYAN, JOHN GIBBONS OM, Julian Trevelyan piano, John Gibbons conductor, Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sussex See worthing theatres website: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk phone 01903 206 206

31st January 2020
Julian will give his second performance of the Howard Blake Piano Concerto in a popular seasonal concert which will also feature the concert version of 'The Snowman', Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Waltz, Delius Sleigh Ride, Sibelius Karelia Suite, Rimsky Kosakov Dance of the tumblers, Leroy Anderson 'Sleigh Ride' and Waldteufel Skaters Waltz.

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