Fordante camFM Radio Interview

Thanks to the folks (Phil/Simon) over at CamFM (Cambridge University) Radio for the interview this weekend for their classical/film soundtrack program.

I had a slightly startling start to the recording when I accepted the call on the iPod via Skype and was greeted with my own face filling the screen but as soon as the video call was disabled the interview could continue where we talked a little about Fordante and film composing.

CamFM Fordante radio interview
CamFM Fordante radio interview

Legendary Film Composer John Barry Passed Away

The legendary film composer, John Barry, sadly passed away on the 31st January at the age of 77.

Responsible for so many of the James Bond film soundtracks including A View To A Kill and Goldfinger.  Barry’s distinctive composing style likely defined from his years with his own pop band The John Barry Seven.  He was awarded 5 Oscars for his other soundtracks including Born Free, Out Of Africa and Dances With Wolves, a personal favourite responsible for igniting my interest in film scoring.  Other soundtracks include the score to Chaplin, Zulu and Midnight Cowboy totalling over 100 filmscore credits.

Fordante return to Harvington

Fordante are returning to Harvington on Friday 4th March at 7:30 for another concert of film music with our own blend of original light classical music.  Last year we had such a warm welcome when we performed there for the first time from the audience, so I’m really hoping it should be a great way to start our 2011 season.

Fordante Premiering New Musical Works

I’m really looking forward to Saturday’s concert at Cleobury Mortimer (2nd Oct) partly because this is a return concert for Fordante to the hall where we performed one of our first concerts back in January 2009 to such an inviting audience but also because once again we’ll be performing music heard for the first time.

We’ll be playing a selection of popular music from our album aswell as our mix of film music of course, but tomorrow will hear the world premiere of several new pieces – I’m looking forward to getting audience feedback on the new pieces that I’ve been composing for the past few months (including from James Bond inspired music “Bondante”, Jewish film music “Boy From The Ghetto” and Irish dance and Riverdance styles called “The Mountain Troll”, and an upbeat piece called “Coming Home”). It’ll be a busy afternoon of rehearsals but it’ll prove an interesting and intentionally enjoyable concert.

Roll on Saturday evening 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

2010 Autumn Concert Season starting early

Fordante autumn concerts
Fordante autumn concerts

Well, two weeks to the autumn officially starts but Fordante are starting our season of concerts a little earlier. This Friday 10th September we’re off to Harvington near Evesham and the following week, staying in Worcestershire, Fordante will be at Areley Kings, Stourport.

I look forward to seeing you if you’re coming along to one of the concerts in our autumn season!

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!

Fordante win award: Best New Music @ Buxton Festival

After last week’s two concerts at United Reform Church as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe, we’ve just heard that Fordante won the award for Best New Music at the festival.  Sorry we couldn’t be at the ceremony to pick up the award.

Fordante At Buxton Festival
Fordante At Buxton Festival

Thanks for those who heard us up at Buxton and providing such a warm welcome, both Festival organisers and supporters.  Comments such as “immensely listenable”, “great entertainment” and “superb musicianship” were very much appreciated and as great as receiving an awards is, as the composer it’s even more rewarding when you hear first hand that audience is enjoying and appreciating the new music…