Two days after staging Walton's Façade I was back down south in Petworth having been asked last minute to replace someone who had dropped out of the festival there - fortunately Katya Apekisheva and I had performed that repertoire a month before in Ireland! Super festival and huge, packed out audience.
Such a joy to perform with the BBC Singers at the JAM on the Marsh festival in a world premiere by Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch (Vimy Ridge). To finish the concert with John Taverner's Svyati was particularly fitting.
This October 11th I'm delighted to have been invited to the William Alwyn Festival where I will be part of the opening concert to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the RPO Concert Orchestra under John Gibbons at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh.
I'm thrilled to announce the news that the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival has been shortlisted for a prestigious White Rose Award. Results are announced later in the year but to have already been recognised in this way is a real honour.
Having just returned from performing with Katya Apekisheva at the Portico Festival in Northern Ireland, full focus is on Jamie's ninth North York Moors Chamber Music Festival which begins in August and featuresover 40 musicians and nearly 50 major chamber works. The theme is 'Arcadia' - celebrating Nature within music. The festival is aiming towards its traditional capacity audiences!
On July 15th I'm thrilled to be part of the world premiere of Vimy Ridge at the JAM on the Marsh festival with the BBC Singers. For cello and choir and unusually written in collaboration with two composers: Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch, Vimy Ridge commemorates the fallen at the Battle of Vimy Ridge where Canada suffered its greatest losses - the work has been co-commissioned by JAM and Pro Coro Canada. We will also perform Taverner's haunting Svyati and this concert is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Plans are now in place to record two Ravel song cycles (Chansons Madécasses and Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé) with Mezzo soprano Anna Huntley and colleagues from the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival. These cycles will be recorded during the Festival itself this August and released later in the year on a CD to include the magnificent piano trio with Hugo Ticciati, Katya Apekisheva and Jamie Walton…
I have just recorded Schubert’s haunting Arpeggione sonata with pianist Adam Johnson. More details about this August release, which includes two Schumann song cycles with Anna Huntley and James Newby, will be forthcoming over the coming weeks. . .