Friday, 13 December 2013

Quartet amongst the books

Fantastic performance of my quartet, footsteps quiet in the shadows by the Mavron Quartet last Wednesday night.


They gave a concert the beautifully refurbished Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye.

Here’s photo of them on the stage after the performance together with me and Francesca Kay who read her lovely poem, Unicorn, before the performance.

We were all wonderfully looked after following the performance at John Stark’s house with delicious veggie snacks.

There's another performance on Sunday 15 December at 11.30am in the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre at the National Museum of Wales.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

More performances of footsteps quiet in the shadows

The Mavron Quartet give two performances of my recent quartet, footsteps quiet in the shadows next week. It’s based both on a poem by Francesca Kay (from which the title is taken) and on the mysterious second movement of Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto – just two simple chords of A minor and B major. No one knows what Bach meant – he may have intended it as the basis for a cadenza or improvisation.

The Mavron Quartet are including an arrangement of Bach’s Concerto in the concerts, but the arranger has left the chords out! I had the leviathan task of writing out parts for the whole second movement (see below) – it must have taken all of ten minutes …

I’m thrilled that Francesca will also read her poem before both performances – if you fancy buying a copy of the collection from which it is taken, you can find her at Wales Millennium Centre this weekend selling it along with lots of other Christmas goodies (see Francesca’s blog - ).

The performances are on Wednesday 11 December at Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye at 7.30pm (tickets from 01497 820322) and Sunday 15 December in the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre at the National Museum of Wales at 11.30am.