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January 1, 2021
'ello 'ello 'ello

It's a new site, innit.

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February 27, 2016
Christmas Party (THJ tinkling ivories)

We recorded this for Classic fm sometime in 2016 or 2017 after the album came out, at Holy Trinity in Sloane Square (London). Tommy HJ (who wrote the thing) at the piano. Plus guest appearances from Olly the camouflaged page turner!

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October 30, 2015
Bruch Violin Concerto

1st movement of Bruch's violin concerto with Lindsay Ryan and Harmony Sinfonia in South London, UK (Herne Hill festival, October 2015) ghvkhgv

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June 19, 2012
Piazzolla 'Primavera' Tango

Happily, I no longer own this shirt. Final runthrough before performing at the Barbican in London (2012) With Kirsty Mangan, Simon Kodurand, Ian Byrne Brito (viola), Matthew Forbes (cello), Jeremy Watt (bass)

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January 8, 2010
Passacaglia at the Roundhouse

with Drew Balch (viola), directed by Francis Annan

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April 2, 2009
Kreisler: La Pr├ęcieuse

Viennese sweetmeat + classical haircut. Recital at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with pianist Daniel Swain. Tech trivia: I do remember going to great efforts to get this concert livestreamed on the internet. This was in the days when broadband internet was a newfangled thing that only half the country had access to, and 3G was the […]

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April 8, 2007
Old City

In Easter 2007, after a week spent soaking up the sounds of Old City Jerusalem for the first time, my brain needed some time to process it all. This little improvisation was my instinctive response to calls to prayer, sirens, street traders, religious squawkers, and goodness knows what else...

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February 23, 2005
The Violin Player

The original recording of 'The Violin Player' by THJ. The most bittersweet piece I know. Recorded at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport (Wales) before a Live Music Now concert, sometime in ?2005.

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January 1, 1988
Early box scraping tendencies

In the late 1980s I had my own personal assistant who would place the bow on the string for me at the start of performances. My grandparents evidently had a very 1970s taste in home furnishings. I remember that shagpile carpet as if it was yesterday.

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