Fordante @ Symphony Hall Was Fantastic

What a fantastic experience performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall last Sunday was. I’ve been to so many concerts and heard many great orchestras in this venue, including of course the wonderful CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), that walking out on to the stage and playing their beautiful Steinway D Concert Grand piano was almost quite sureal..

Fordante Symphony Hall September 2011
Fordante Symphony Hall September 2011

Thanks to the several hundred who attended the concert and also to Alice who had to stand in for our violinst at the last minute unfortunately with no time for rehearsal. I think she did a great job!

Many thanks to Artsfest for inviting Fordante to perform – we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fordante Concerts at Buxton Festival Fringe Sat 16th July

Fordante return to Buxton Festival Fringe this Saturday 16th July and will be performing two concerts at the Buxton United Reform Church following the success of last years performances.

Fordante 2011

Aswell as performing some of the best music from film soundtracks including Schindler’s List, Gabriels Oboe (from The Mission) and Glasgow Love Theme (from Love Actually) Fordante are going to world premier several new pieces at Buxton including a beautiful requiem, an Arabian track and a Spanish dance (‘Espagnante’) along with performing a mix of their more well known pieces.

Tickets are available from the Buxton Opera House on 0845 127 2190 and on the door – subject to availability.  The afternoon concert starts at 3:30pm and the evening is at 8:00pm.

Fordante to perform at Buxton Opera House Pavillion Arts

Following the success of winning the Best New Music at the Buxton Festival Fringe in 2010, Fordante have been invited to perform as one of the opening acts at this years Fringe First concert.  The evening event will see Fordante perform a mix of our original music alongside a performance of Schindler’s List from the film of the same name and Glasgow Love Theme from the Love Actually.

The concert is at Buxton Opera House/Pavillion Arts Theatre in Buxton, Derbyshire at 7:30pm.

Harvington Concert

Fordante at Harvington
Fordante at Harvington

Thanks to everyone at Harvington, Evesham, last Friday night for being such a wonderful audience and making Fordante so welcome. And many thanks for the great suggestions and feedback for our music for a future tour. Fingers crossed for a return concert next year!

Fordante Harvington concert
Fordante Harvington concert

Fordante nominated for Best Small Ensemble

Fordante Buxton Awards
Fordante Buxton Awards

I’m pleased to have received the certificates from the Buxton Festival Fringe and it was a nice suprise to see Fordante were nominated for the Best Small Ensemble aswell as the Best New Music Writing. Thanks Buxton!

New Radnor concert this weekend

The summer seems to have flown by and now the autumn concert season is upon us. We’re looking forwards playing over in picturesque New Radnor this Sunday evening 11th October at 7:30pm. Further information can be found at

More photos from Chelmarsh Concert

I thought I’d post some other photos from our Chelmarsh Concert.

Here’s a picture of our cellist, Bec, who has just come on stage masked and yet deep in concentration as she usually is mid performance.

Fordante Cellist
Fordante Cellist

Another photo with just the three string players and yours truly on keyboards.

Fordante violin, viola, keyboards, cellist - oboe out of shot
Fordante violin, viola, keyboards, cellist

Debut Concert Tour finshed on a high

I guess all the good things come to an end at some point and last Saturday evening was no exception. Fordante finished the debut tour on a high, obviously sad that it’s been completed but feeling very happy once again with the great audience feedback we’ve received.

Chelmarsh Concert
Chelmarsh Concert

Back in mid 2008 when I started creating Fordante after spending several years composing the music I really had no idea of how we would be recieved. After all, it’s not like there’s a plethora of new and accessible classical music. So trying something different was always going to be a risk which was why I was glad that the UK Arts Council could recognise our potential in supporting us. Having said that, I never intended to create music that was highbrow or difficult to understand – for me melody and emmotion are king – so having something pleasurable to listen to on first or second concert hearing was important to me back when I began writing the music for Fordante. (And for such a short tour it was great to recognise faces that were indeed coming back for a second time!).

So I feel a big thank you is in order for both the players who are bringing my music to life and to our audiences for supporting and enjoying the music that we’re making. And don’t forget to stay in touch for announcements of forthcomming concerts – some of which have already been confirmed – watch this space…