Apocalypse now?

Congratulations on beating the end of the world. Here’s a dubstep requiem by AZEDIA (released at midnight) on which I am playing solo violin. It’s a corker alright!

Louis Mander: Sonata for Violin & Piano

Last Thursday, October 18th, I premiered Louis Mander’s Sonata for Violin & Piano to a very friendly audience at the RCM. It’s a delightful work, full of life and with moments of real poignancy. On stage with me was the very talented Mr Ian Tindale. You can watch the whole performance below.

Teardrop

Here’s the final video from the session I did at Surrey University with Clement Rooney in April. ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack.

Hymn for Him

Here’s a Submotion Orchestra cover (excellent band – check out their début album). This is a wonderful tune featuring beautiful strings on the original. I made my best attempt at sub-bass on a violin – you’ll need more than your laptop speakers to hear it! I’m away from real-life for the next four weeks, so this is my last offering for awhile. Sayonara!

World première & another video

On October 18th, I will be performing the world premiere of Louis Mander‘s sonata for violin and piano (see Diary for detailed info). Louis is an up-and-coming composer who I was very lucky to work with, albeit briefly, very recently. There are more exciting things further down the line, including a new opera by Louis, bits of which I have already had the fortune to play.

My quartet (Park Quartet) has received a very pleasant review (see page 5) recently in the Anglo-Netherlands Society Newsletter, of all places:

Ably led by Eunsley Park, the Park Quartet opened the evening’s events with Haydn’s Vivace Assai (from a set known as the London Quartets), Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin. The Park Quartet fully demonstrated the strengths which have led to these third year BMus students being selected to represent the RCM in inter-collegiate competitions.

In other news, here’s the second video I am releasing from my April video session with pianist Clement Rooney. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is an excellent song by Belgian-Australian artist Gotye, featuring Kimbra, and is the first refreshing tune that I have discovered in the top ten for a woefully long time. It’s worth checking out more of this man’s music, my favourite album being ‘Like Drawing Blood’. I hope Clem and I have managed to do him justice.

Lucky to be me (I think…)

I’m in the middle of a house move. And I. Am. Stressed. Here’s a happy video featuring the talented Messieurs Toby Nelms (piano), Adam Higgs (bass) and Daniel Day (kit) with Bernstein’s beautiful ‘Lucky to Be Me’.

Surrey University recording session

I’ve just got back from a gruelling five-hour recording session at Surrey University, engineered by my good friend, and excellent engineer, Jack Sugden. Coming to the internet near you: Bach’s B-minor Partita & a few other miscellaneous violin-ish noises. Watch this space! It was lovely to come out of the session to find the ground coated with a fresh layer of snow – not such a nice drive though.

Studio 1 - Surrey UniversityJohn Garner recording at Surrey University, Feb. 2012