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Jane Austen Suite Gets Steventon Performance

Philip’s very popular Jane Austen Suite had a fitting and highly significant performance at St Nicholas Church in Steventon on Saturday 10 June, as part of the many events taking place around the world to mark the bicentenary of the author’s death.

The church was where Jane Austen’s father and one of her brothers served as rector, while Jane herself was born in the rectory that stood adjacent to it. In an evening of words and music, Philip’s Suite opened the second half of the concert and once again proved a great success with the audience that packed the venue.

Those in attendance were treated to playing of a very high standard, and applauded warmly throughout the evening.

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Philip with Jane Austen Suite performers at St Nicholas Church, Steventon

Philip, who also took his seat to enjoy the whole concert, said: “I was delighted with the outstanding performance by the entire ensemble. My Suite was played with feeling and passion.

“I was so pleased to see such a positive reaction from the audience. It was touching to hear people cheer at the end!”

The concert is to be repeated by the same excellent performers at Chawton House Library in October – more news of this to follow.

St Nicholas Church, Steventon

(Picture: seekingjaneausten.com)

 

Busy April For Philip’s Music

April was an eventful and successful month for Philip’s music.

On Saturday 8 April, Alton Concert Orchestra – based in Hampshire, UK – gave the very first performances of two of his works, Late Autumn and Shooting the Breeze.

These pieces made up a programme which also contained Smetana’s Vlatava and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. This was a special concert for the orchestra who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.

Alton Concert Orchestra

Then, on Saturday 29 April, the Hampshire-based choir Cantique performed Philip’s setting of Tennyson’s poem A Farewell, which was included in a programme of English choral music. Take a look at the full programme below.

Cantique poster

Cantique programme

All of Philip’s pieces went down brilliantly with both audiences, with the performers themselves also attesting to how much they enjoyed playing them!

 

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.

Jane Austen & Chawton Suites CD Cover

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.

 

Concert Of Philip’s Music Held In Alton

Philip’s music took centre stage at a special concert held in May.

The Spring Concert took place at the Friends’ Meeting House in Alton, Hampshire on Friday 6 May.

Well-renowned professional singer Joanna Tomlinson performed two pieces on the night which Philip wrote especially for her. These included After The Winter, getting its very first performance.

The audience also had a chance to hear two movements from Philip’s celebrated Jane Austen Suite.

Phil Andrews Spring Concert flyer

Jane Austen Suite was also performed at this year’s Jane Austen Regency Week in Alton, in late June.

 

Philip’s Music Performed In Rome

Philip’s song setting of the Tennyson poem A Farewell has been performed in Rome by Constanza Chorus.

It featured in the well-known London choir’s concert at the beautiful 15th Century Santa Maria del Popolo church in the Italian capital on Saturday 20 June.

Philip’s piece, and indeed the whole concert went down very well with a large and enthusiastic audience.

Santa Maria del Popolo church

Santa Maria del Popolo church, Rome

(Photo: sacred-destinations.com)

Constanza Chorus then performed A Farewell again a week later (Saturday 27 June) in London, as part of the Wren Choral Marathon at the City of London Festival.

The event involved hour-long concerts by 17 different choirs in 17 churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren – all in a single day.

Constanza’s concert took place at St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside at 10pm, as the marathon headed towards a climax.

 

Jane Austen Suite First Performance Warmly Received

This new composition based on Jane Austen characters had its premiere at Alton Music Box on Friday 5 June – to a rapturous reception from a sell-out audience. It was performed by Alton Chamber Ensemble and conducted by the composer, Philip.

The seven movements of Jane Austen Suite bring to life different heroines from each of her novels – including the unfinished Sanditon. The music is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano – while a narrator introduces each character.

Alton Chamber Ensemble at Music Box

Alton Chamber Ensemble with Philip (second from right)

The Suite’s debut provided a stunning end to the first half of an eclectic programme filled out by local musicians and performers – on an informal and friendly evening which raised nearly £500 for East Hampshire Women’s Refuge.

Philip has already had interest in more performances for the Suite, potentially including next year’s Jane Austen Regency Week in Alton.

Philip said: “I was delighted with the first performance of this music and the playing of the Ensemble was excellent.

“The response of the audience and later comments were also very satisfying.”

The story was picked up by local newspaper The Alton Post Gazette, featuring in their 7 July edition. (Click on the image below to enlarge.)

Alton Post Gazette cutting

Jane Austen’s House Museum also featured the concert on their blog, which you can read here.

 

Chawton Suite Featured In Jane Austen Regency Week

Philip’s Jane Austen-inspired Chawton Suite was one of the highlights of an annual celebration of the author in Chawton and nearby town Alton in Hampshire, UK.

The nine-day festival included a Regency Musical Evening on Friday 26 June – during which the Suite was performed by the newly-formed Alton Chamber Ensemble, in full Regency-style dress!

(L-R) David Bonser (piano), Ruth Parr (soprano), Helen Harvey (cello) and James Willis (narrator)

(L-R) David Bonser (piano), Ruth Parr (soprano), Helen Harvey (cello) and James Willis (narrator)

Chawton Suite was commissioned by Chawton House Library in 2012 and had its premiere at the adjacent St Nicholas Church in September 2013.

 

Christina Rossetti Settings Performed At Reading University

Three of Philip’s settings of poems by 19th Century English poet Christina Rossetti have been performed by soprano Joanna Tomlinson in the Great Hall at the University of Reading.

Mirage, The First Day and What Would I Give? were all included in The Friends Recital on Wednesday 4 March.

The First Day and What Would I Give? were written especially for Joanna – with the latter having its premiere at the concert.

Joanna is also conductor of the renowned Constanza Chorus in London.