Friday 20th January 8pm will see Fordante start their 2017 tour “From Puccini to the Movies and more” with a return concert to St Michael’s Church at Kirk Langley in Derbyshire. Described as ‘Film Music Cinema’ meets ‘Italian Piazza’ with a taste of ‘Last Night of the Proms’ promises an enjoyable evening…
Fordante’s 2017 tour dates have been released with 20 concerts announced so far in what promises to be their most spectacular show to date, titled “From Puccini to the Movies and more…“. Supported by Arts Council England, the award winning ensemble will be performing a repertoire that includes works by composers Puccini, Ravel and Strauss along with Music from the Movies plus a mix of Fordante’s own Worldly and Celtic inspired music.
Concert program includes:-
Bolero Sleeping Beauty Waltz Orpheus Of The Underworld (“The Can Can”) Skater’s Waltz Roses From The South O Mio Babbino Caro Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Find out more about the dates in their new tour on the concerts page.
After last nights concert at Halton Church, Fordante are now heading back south and tonight will be in concert at Neston Library on the Wirral in our last concert on our mini-tour of North West in partnership with Cheshire Rural Touring and SpotOn Lancashire.
Many thanks for the warm reception at Bickerton last night through Cheshire Rural Touring. Tonight Fordante move further up north to Burnley Mechanics in Burley in partnership with SpotOn Lancashire Rural Touring.
The first four concerts in what will turn into a busy schedule have just been added to the Fordante concerts page (further dates to be announced soon).
In partnership with Spot On Lancashire and Cheshire Rural Touring Association, Fordante are performing their show “From Strauss to the Movies and more…” at four venues in the North West, a region which have not yet seen Fordante before. The concert will include a mix of popular classics, music from film soundtracks and some of their own enchanting and mesmerising originals.
Many thanks for the opportunity to have a rather long online radio interview with Dr Furey discussing all things Fordante, film composing and news about the upcoming preview of Suite for The Fallen Soldier.
It’s been quiet on the Fordante front. Concert wise we’re waiting to hear back from multiple venues, promoters and agencies to confirm dates. Although there are several in the pipeline I’m holding back on any announcements until we’ve got the list complete.
In the meantime what has been taking a lot of my composing time is something slightly different to what Fordante has performed to date. In May 2015 I was commissioned to compose some music to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 supported through Heritage Lottery/Feckenham PCC. What was initially requested as a 10 to 15 minute piece of music soon developed into a suite of 45 – 50 minutes of music once the subject matter was explored.
I’m looking forwards to the premier of this music ‘Suite For The Fallen Solider’ on Armistice Day 2016, being performed by over 80 voices and instrumentalists. Some of this music I’m sure will be rearranged and find its way into the Fordante repertoire.
I’m currently in the planning stages of our next tour and this is an exciting time for me because it means I get to read all of the wonderful feedback we’ve had from previous concerts, looking through suggestions for what our audiences like to listen to and start preparing our program for the coming autumn season – which means alot of new musical arrangements.
Already established is that I’m going to be delving into some works by Strauss and Puccini which will include such beautiful classics as Skater’s Waltz, Intermezzo (from Cavalleria Rusticana) and Roses From The South. New this season will be Fordante’s first foray into the world of Operatic music so turning popular songs that are usually sung, into arrangements for the Fordante line-up will be an challenging prospect. But it’s something I’m rather looking forward to creating nevertheless.