Over the weekend of the 28th and 29th April, I conducted two major choral works which have been on my bucket list! On Saturday 28th April, it was Belshazaar’s Feast with the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, Huddersfield Choral Society, Elland Brass Band, Hade Edge Brass Band and soloist Stuart Orme. I have always been fond of Walton’s music. As a viola player and orchestral player I fell in love with his Concerto for Viola and Symphony No.1 I played at Walton’s home La Mortella with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and met Walton’s wife who has since passed away. We delivered a fine performance of this exciting piece and I was particularly proud of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra. This orchestra continues to go from strength to strength. You can read a review here.
The following day it was Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the University of Manchester Chorus & Symphony Orchestra. We were honoured to share the stage with David Butt Philip and alumni Marcus Farnsworth and Katie Bray. It is always inspiring for our students to see what students from Manchester have gone on to achieve. The Chorus sang with outstanding energy and commitment and this was a night and weekend to remember. Thanks to our three soloists for coming back home and inspiring us all to raise our performance.