Our first hybrid orchestra concert, by no means the last. Innovating through necessity.
Give it another 5 years and we'll probably be doing all this through haptic holograms........
Pandemic? wot pandemic?
this might have been Saturday 11th July 2020, not the 13th. Either way, retrictions lifted at the last moment but we were going to be ready whatever it took ... the show must go on!
A day in the life of an awesome composer. I love working with creative genius people like Chris who really get how to blend together creativity, aesthetic sense and professional craft for amazing results
Boat + River Thames + lots of violins.
This was the first of several should-have-been-first-day-of-Brexit days, if I remember rightly.
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!
1st movement of Bruch's violin concerto with Lindsay Ryan and Harmony Sinfonia in South London, UK (Herne Hill festival, October 2015)
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)
Here are many quartertones, accompanying a fairly timeless story, presented, with my implicit consent, in a very Christian tradition.
If I remember rightly, Antony dipped experimentally into quartertonic harmony as part of our efforts to assimilate a culture we did not know.
We tried our best to look beyond our own notes, and the prism of the cultures that we knew at the time, to see and hear a cultural language that wasn't ours.
Music by Antony Pitts. Recorded by me and Drew Balch (viola).
(created, developed, realised in the desert on - literally - the road to Jericho. recorded in the storage room of our photographer's flat somewhere above a shop on Commercial road in East london).
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 fastest mobile connection availble.
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...