Introducing Fordante – 2 minute mix

Here is a short introduction video to Fordante.  This 2 minute bitesize snapshot is a sample of the some repertoire of beautiful film and popular classical music that Fordante perform.  A great starting point to explore Fordante if you’re short on time…

Fordante video – In concert at Wem Town Hall

Back at the end of March earlier this year Fordante gave a concert at Wem Town Hall in Shropshire.  The video below is of the ensemble performing ‘Sereno’ which is one of their newest pieces composed, as it’s Italian name suggests, to be bright and cheerful.  ‘Sereno’ was inspired in part by the style and sound of the fantastic Italian group Rondo Veneziano.

Another first for the group was to perform with video projected as can be seen in the video.  This imagery worked well and is currently being developed for future shows.

Main theme from Out Of Africa uploaded

There’s now another video of Fordante in rehearsal, this time performing the main theme from the film Out Of Africa called “I Had A Farm In Africa” composed by the late John Barry.

The direct link to the video is below but you will also be able to see all of Fordante’s videos on our new Videos page.

Fordante Videos on YouTube – performing ‘Gabriels Oboe’ from The Mission

Following audience comments on wanting to know a little background into Fordante and how the music gets created over the next few weeks I’m going to be creating a series of videos of Fordante either in concert or in the studio rehearsing.

I’m also producing a ‘Behind The Scenes’ video so that those interested can see the stages of taking a musical idea, arranging, notating through to rehearsing and then performing in concert.  This might be of interest for anyone who wants to have a little insight into the processes involved in taking a concept like Fordante and turning it into a concert particularly as all of the music has to be orchestrated specifically for our line up of cello, viola, violin, oboe and piano/synth.

Fordante Video
Title page for Fordante videos

Here’s the first release:- a video of Fordante in rehearsals last week in my studio playing the beautiful ‘Gabriel’s Oboe‘ from The Mission composed by Ennio Morricone.  It’s a little rough because it was literally a press record and go but you can get the idea..


Albrighton, Broseley & Cleobury Concerts

Sadly, we are nearing the last concert in our premiere tour around Shropshire having just completed three consecutive Saturday evening performances at Cleobury Mortimer Parish Hall, the Victoria Hall in Broseley and the Red House in Albrighton (near Wolverhampton).

The feedback from all of the shows has been very positive and appreciative which is obviously great to hear.  We were overwhelmed with the comments of well-wishing and constructive support.  There were questionaires available to offer any suggestions to how we could improve as I’m very keen to know how we can make the concerts and our music as enjoyable as possible for everyone’s benefit.  While I’m on the subject I’ll take this opportunity to thank the audience members for taking the time and even writing complete pages of useful comments!  Many of these we have taken on board resulting in changes to the layout and programme.

Cleobury Mortimer

Concert now includes well loved film music

We’ve decided to include some well known and loved film music into our concert – music that has inspired and influenced me over the years and are soundtracks that I listen to again and again.

Fordante feel that these tie in well with the programme and are a few of my personal favourites from some of the most talented living film composers, so I have been busy arranging and orchestrating the music from the following soundtracks for our ensemble:

  • ‘Schindler’s List’
  • ‘The Mission – Gabriel’s Oboe’
  • ‘Titanic medley’
  • Music from the ‘Gladiator’
Film Soundtracks
Film Soundtracks

James Bond 007 in Birmingham

Last Friday night I had the pleasure of attending one of the best evening concerts of late featuring, in my mind atleast, an absolutely fantastic world class orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, performing at their home venue the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, playing the music of James Bond.

From the moment we arrived we were transported into the world of 007 with the Monty Norman James Bond Theme right up until leaving the hall over two hours later. The concert took us through a whole raft of Bond themes, including some film underscore, from the early films such as ‘From Russia with Love’ and ‘Goldfinger’ to the latest release of ‘Quantum of Solace’. I think the jury is still out on quite whether some of the more recent Bond themes live up to their older counterparts but their inclusion made the experience complete, even if some of the newer arrangements didn’t perhaps quite use the orchestra to their full capacity.Although Carl Davies was unable to conduct the orchestra due to a minor operation, the concert still had his accessible approach to introducing the orchestra to wider audiences and his last minute replacement – Gareth Hudson – didn’t detract from the evening at all. His description and examples of what has helped define the unique John Barry sound, from the rasping trumpets, particular chord structures and the orchestral beds, were very interesting.

Seated towards the front I was able to experience the power and sheer joy of this mighty sound of iconic and tremendous film music and like so many, I’ve grown up listening to these themes played on the television, cinema and the hifi but these are all no match for hearing this type of music played live and by such quality musicians right in front of you.

The only thing preventing me from going to what should prove to be another amazing concert at the the Symhony Hall (the music of John Williams played by the CBSO) is another amazing concert (he says modestly), that being the second Fordante concert both taking place on the 24th January!