Gilbert White Honoured With A Purer Air
A date has now been confirmed for the first performance of Philip’s new composition honouring the world famous naturalist Gilbert White. It will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019.
A Purer Air is a musical portrait of the Selborne curate, who was born in the idyllic Hampshire village (not far from Philip’s own home of Alton) on 18 July 1720. He died in 1793.
This composition is to mark the upcoming 300th anniversary of White’s birth and is divided into eight musical sections, interspersed with readings by an actor portraying Gilbert White and using his own words from writings and journals.
The concert will take place at St Matthew’s Church, Blackmoor, just a short distance from White’s home in Selborne, and will form part of the Spring events taking place in 2019. It promises to be a high quality concert, featuring the same musicians who performed so brilliantly in Philip’s popular Jane Austen Suite in 2017.
Watch this space for more information on how to get tickets for this unmissable event.
Debut For A Concert Rhapsody
The first performance of Philip’s newly published composition for concert band took place on Saturday 15 September 2018.
Basingstoke Concert Band, for whom the piece was specially written, performed A Concert Rhapsody as part of their Last Night of the Proms concert at Sherfield Park Community Centre. The night also included guest soprano Helen Clutterbuck.
The piece was warmly received by an enthusiastic audience, and gave further evidence of Philip’s compositional diversity.
Three Song Settings Recorded At Steventon
Three song settings of Philip’s, all based on poems, were recently recorded at St. Nicholas Church, in Steventon in Hampshire, UK (the birthplace of iconic novelist Jane Austen) on 16 June 2018.
After The Winter is by Claude McKay, Moment Musicale by Bliss Carman and The First Day by Christina Rossetti.
Soprano was Theresa Lunn, accompanied on the piano by Paul Wright, who also recorded the session. Philip, Theresa and Paul have worked together before, and Philip described it as ‘an enjoyable morning’s recording’ with two very talented collaborators.
You can listen to all three songs here:
Buckingham Palace Performances
Philip recently had the great honour of having one of his musical compositions performed at the Queen’s London residence of Buckingham Palace.
Capriccio for String Orchestra was performed on two successive weeks by the Countess of Wessex String Orchestra as part of a concert given preceding investiture ceremonies in May. These included Sir Paul McCartney and Dame Darcey Bussell being honoured by Her Majesty.
The orchestra was conducted by its principal musical director Major David Hammond, who also oversaw a further performance of the same work at a concert in the Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London on Tuesday 22 May.
Chawton House Performance For Jane Austen Suite
After a fitting and highly significant performance in the author’s birthplace of Steventon in June 2017, Philip’s Jane Austen Suite was enjoyed again at another venue strongly connected with her.
The concert was repeated by the same excellent performers at Chawton House Library in Hampshire, UK, on Saturday 7 October 2017.
The House was owned by Jane’s brother Edward and is now dedicated to the ‘research and understanding of early women writers’.
CD Of Philip’s Music Now Available
A brand new CD of Philip’s music has been completed and is now available.
The album features the popular Jane Austen Suite and Chawton Suite, as well as a selection of Philip’s piano music and a number of songs. These have been performed by Alton Chamber Ensemble and guests, under the direction of the composer himself.
If you would like to purchase the CD, the cost is just £12.50 in the UK or GBP15 worldwide (including postage and packaging.) It is also available to buy from Jane Austen House Museum and Chawton House Library.
To buy the Score & Parts, prices (including postage and packaging) are as follows:
Jane Austen Suite: UK £35, Worldwide GBP40
Chawton Suite: UK £32.50, Worldwide GBP37.50
SPECIAL OFFER: Both Suites, if ordered together: UK £55, Worldwide GBP60
NO PERFORMANCE FEE REQUIRED
To place an order, get in touch with Philip via the Contact page.