ARTICLES (Sequenza 21)
July 2008


‘Romancing the Phoenix’ World Premiere of The Robert Farnon Bassoon Concerto

In 2005, legendary composer/arranger ROBERT FARNON dedicated his final composition to Daniel Smith. Entitled ‘Romancing the Phoenix’, this three movement bassoon concerto for solo amplified bassoon with rhythm section and full symphony orchestra in a jazz oriented style with symphonic overtones was written specifically with Daniel in mind. Daniel will perform this with a Symphony Orchestra at a prestigious Venues from September 2009. The work features the amplified bassoon backed by a big band incorporated within a full symphony orchestra, the three-movement composition is in jazz style.

News! - Michael Lloyd (MD and Conductor) has definitely decided that the Farnon Bassoon Concerto will be included in the Chandos Symphony Orchestra 2009 programme.

The Venue will be The Forum Theatre - Malvern, Worcester This venue has plenty of space for the large orchestra and an audience of about 850. Malvern Theatres is situated in Grange Road, near the centre of Great Malvern, near to the Priory Church, Nat West Bank and the Abbey Hotel. The postcode for satellite navigation systems is WR14 3HB.

The date will be 13th September 2009

There will also be a jazz trio within the orchestra for improvisational spots and also available for the encore pieces immediately following the Concerto.

Plans are underway to line up media coverage in collaboration with Warner Chappell, The Robert Farnon Society, Making Music, British Double Reed Society, etc.

Michael Lloyd, BA, ARCM
Read music at the University of East Anglia; postgraduate studies at RCM. Career includes: Scottish Ballet (company pianist and professional conducting debut); Staatstheater Kassel where he switched from ballet to opera, Württembergisches Staatstheater, Stuttgart; ENO 1985-2003, conducting new productions, revivals and performances in a wide range of repertoire (in 1989 appointed Assistant Music Director, in 1998 Senior Resident Conductor). Conducted frequently in New Zealand (opera, concerts and ballet), in Japan, Korea, Singapore and Macau. Regular conductor with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and English National Ballet and made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra and with Opera Holland Park in 2005. Has returned regularly to ENO since 2003. Music Director of the Chandos Symphony Orchestra, Malvern and the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

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