I’m hugely excited to be conducting a revival and recording of Parry’s first oratorio Judith at Royal Festival Hall next April.
It is a work that has been largely neglected for the best part of a century and never recorded. This will be a large undertaking and a hugely important event in the modern revival of Parry’s music, and neglected English masterpieces in general. The London English Song Festival, a registered charity in the UK that seeks to increase the knowledge of neglected music, is overseeing the project.
It will be critical to raise funds to support the recording in particular, in order to fill an important missing piece in the musical jigsaw of Parry, a giant of English choral and orchestral writing.
Tickets for the concert on 3rd April 2019 go on sale on 4th September. See the LESF Judith page for more information on the events and to find out how to support us.
I’m hugely looking forward to recording Alan Charlton’s masterful song cycle The Cloud, setting Percy Bysshe Shelley’s wonderful poem, with April Fredrick at Potton Hall on Monday and Tuesday. It’s been an immensely challenging but hugely rewarding piece to get to grips with, and Potton Hall’s other-worldly location will be the perfect backdrop for a piece of writing that riffs on the very nature of nature itself.
Two recordings on which I perform are released today! Purer than Pearl is a really special disc of Ralph Vaughan Williams songs: the opening six songs have never been published are world premiere recordings. Carols from Chelsea is my first recording with the fabulous Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, featuring some superb solos from choir members and even a Chelsea Pensioner!