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February 2009

February 3rd

Soprano, Sarah Jenks and her accompanist Craig Greene are pictured (left) after including the "Three Drayton Lyrics" opus 73 in their recital for the Oxford University Music Society at the Holywell Music Room Oxford. They also gave the first performance of "R.I.P."  opus 68 a setting of Alan Garner's wickedly humorous poem about a girl's obsession with lovemaking in a graveyard! This song was particularly enjoyed by the audience. The Holywell Music Room (below) is the oldest public concert hall in Europe. It was built in 1748 and numbers Handel and Haydn amongst the distinguished musicians who have performed there: it has frequently been claimed that it has the finest acoustic in the world.

February 11th

Mark Bebbington (left) is pictured with Andrew after giving the premiere performance of the "Three Sea Studies" Opus 116, Kelly College Concert Society, Melvin Hall, Kelly College, Tavistock. The three movements "Flotsam", "Slackwater Ripples" and "Sea Surge" were programmed alongside other English works inspired by the sea by Ivor Gurney and John Ireland.

April 2009

30th April

The first performance of the Tavistock Festival of Music and the Arts commission: "Fitzford House" Opus 127

May 2009

May 30th

VOCES8 give the first performance of the Denston Festival Commission "The Celestial Sphere" Opus 129, in St Nicholas' Church Denston, Bury St. Edmunds. This 8 part a cappella work is a setting of words by the seventeenth century metaphysical poet William Habbington 1605-1654. Voces8 is an international award winning a cappella octet founded in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey. With a repertoire ranging from 13th century polyphony to unique jazz and popular arrangements, Voces8 has entertained audiences across Europe and the UK. The group has been praised for 'stunning performance', 'exquisite singing' and 'a sound that spans the entire range of vocal colour'. When not on the concert platform, Voces8 spends much of its time leading workshops and masterclasses around the world.

June 2009

 June 5th The Madison Musical Collective perform the "Suite of Sweets" Opus 115, Capitol Lakes Center, Madison, WI, USA

June 5th The Kelly Choral Society and Kelly College Senior Choir give the second performance of "Fitzford House" Opus 127, Kelly College Chapel, conducted by the composer.


June 2009: Dante Summer Festival

DANTE SUMMER FESTIVAL 2009 First performance of the Breton Concerto opus 119: a concerto grosso for the Dante Festival String Orchestra with the Dante String Quartet as soloists. Callington Parish Church (left) , 7.30pm. in line with this years' festival theme, this work is based on a number of breton folk themes which weave their way through the three movements. The performance was conducted by Tim Boulton, in a completely packed out church.In the concluding event of the Dante Summer Festival  the Dante Quartet performed the Double-Quartet version of "Biniou", the third movement of theConcerto on Breton Themes in Tavistock Parish Church with guest players Clara Biss, Anna Bingham and Ben Gregor-Smith. This piece is inspired by the sound of the traditional breton bagpipe, the biniou, which can be seen in the picture on the right.  Before the concert Andrew gave a much enjoyed talk about his breton inspirations in a "Meet the Composer" presentation. 


September 2009

23rd September: Sarah  Jenks (soprano) and Peter Adcock (piano) perform the "Three Drayton Lyrics" (opus 73) and "R.I.P." (opus 68) for the Kelly College Concert Society, Melvin Hall, Kelly College, Tavistock, Devon. 7.45pm

November 2009

17th November

Andrew gives a presentation to the Tavistock Recorded Music Society: "A Musical Hamper", to include the "Suite of Sweets" Opus 115. The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, Devon, 7.30pm

28th November:Premiere of the new choral work "St Cecilia" Opus 134, for chorus, string quartet and organ, to words by Joanna Baillie. The Harcombe Singers, conductor John Draisey, Chudleigh Parish Church, 7.30pm.