Last month I had the honour of assisting conductor Vladimir Jurowski at the London Philharmonic Orchestra on two programmes by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Dargomyzhsky, Glinka, Chopin and Rachmaninov with soloists Steven Isserlis and Jan Lisiecki. I am so enriched for our time together and can’t wait to go back!
London Philharmonic Orchestra: lpo.org.uk
I was invited to join Andrew McGregor as a guest commentator for the 2016 Proms season on BBC World Service. Here’s the podcast from our show on the 150th anniversary of the Bruch Violin Concerto, fellow Aussie Ray Chen’s fantastic Proms debut and Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region.
iPlayer Radio: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0430dsj
Originally posted at Ruthless Jabiru:
Ruthless Jabiru will take to the West End next week as a headline act of this year’s AusDay in the Apartment. Part cabaret, part chat show, the orchestra will perform ahead of its forthcoming project On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe.
Chris Williams Advance Australia Fair
Peter Sculthorpe I. Deciso from Third Sonata for Strings “Jabiru Dreaming”
I’m just back from a master course with the inspirational composer-conductor Peter Eötvös. I spent a week at the Budapest Music Centre where I had the chance to meet composers Matthias Pintscher, Philippe Manoury and György Kurtág alongside a steady stream of contemporary repertoire workshops. The Hungarian Music Information Centre was also onsite: I was in my element amongst the scores of the fantastic Eötvös operas! Many thanks to the Eötvös Music Foundation for their kind support.
I recently had the excellent fortune to assist conductor Otto Tausk on the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin. Directed by Nicola Raab, the production has its fifth and final airing this weekend in St Gallen. It was an honour to be involved in this beautiful project and to be part of such an intuitive creative team.
I will be joining guitarists John Williams and Gary Ryan as part of John’s Concerts by Candlelight series this Summer at Shakespeare’s Globe. His residency will feature diverse music for plucked strings across six programmes in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, all expected to sell out. I will conduct The Light on the Edge for two guitars, didjeridu, harp, bass, zither and environmental sounds by Australian composer Philip Houghton on Saturday 6 June.