I’ll be joining the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s again in September, for a concert of music filled with fire and warmth. Robert Schumann’s, “Bride of Messina”, overture, inspired by Goethe’s play, was written in two weeks and in the wake of the completion of his Third (“Rhenish”) Symphony. The plot of the play, involving two princely brothers murdering each other over their love of the same woman, who neither knew to be their sister, foretold to be the catalyst of their deaths, Schumann depicts with a brooding, foreboding introduction, followed by some of his fieriest music. This of course makes a good, fiery, companion to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which not only is recognised as one of the greatest works of Western Art Music, let alone the admiration that it has held for humanity in general, cast a long shadow over composers within and beyond the Nineteenth Century. Contrasting these two works- perhaps the eye of the storm- we’ve included Haydn’s Symphony No. 22, a work that written in his thirties, that has the unusual orchestration of two Cor Anglais, along with the standard strings and paired horns. The addition of the Cor Anglais gives the sound of the orchestra a warmer tone, at times adding to the jocular nature of the work. Although this work goes by the subtitle, “The Philosopher”, this did not originate from Haydn himself, although it seems to have inherited the subtitle within his lifetime. So please join us for a concert of warmth and fire on the afternoon of…
July 15th, 2018Comments Off on September Fires: Music to warm & inspire, News, by adrianhead72.
February 24th, 2018
Next Concert: Something Magical, Something Doubled, Something Unfinished- Adrian Head & the Sinfonia of St Andrew’sComments Off on Next Concert: Something Magical, Something Doubled, Something Unfinished- Adrian Head & the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, News, by adrianhead72.
In May, I’ll have the pleasure of conducting the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s as part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics, in a performance that will include the overture to Mozart’s, “The Magic Flute”, J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto for two violins, and Schubert’s Symphony in B minor: the “Unfinished”. I’ve enjoyed good relations as a conductor with the Sinfonia over the last three years, and it’s a real joy to be preparing this program to perform with them, especially with Chen Yang and Matthew Gillett as soloists for the Bach. Please come and join us on the 25th of May for what should be a wonderful evening of music making. All the best.
December 29th, 2017Comments Off on Time for a Two-Year Wrap-up (only two years?), News, by adrianhead72.
I remember a time when I would do one of these reflective messages every six months. Things have certainly changed over the last ten years, and it’s a good moment for me to pause, take stock of the last two years, briefly look at the last ten (for reasons that will become obvious), and to look even more briefly into the future. The last two years have been very important to me, but I could not have done them without the last ten. I’d like to share some of this with all of you, as many of you have contributed to this progression in your own way. I’d rather avoid making this post a rudderless ramble, and I’m also aware of it turning into an elongated mutual appreciation society. Of course there are many people, organisations, and opportunities to acknowledge amongst other things. From mid-March 2016 through to early December this year, I have undertaken 15 concerts, with roughly nine hours’ worth of scores prepared. That works out to be an average of one concert every six weeks, and an average of one rehearsal every eight days for 96 weeks! No wonder I’ve been starting to feel a bit worn out lately. Probably the most important lesson for me has been this: it has become apparent how much I have taken my conducting skills for granted, and have to some extent been embarrassed by them. From my mid-teens I’ve always loved conducting, but I have never properly nurtured it until now. I’ve never really had the confidence…
October 30th, 2017Comments Off on Next two performances: Showtime with the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra , News, by adrianhead72.
Please join the Brisbane City Pops and yours truly as we perform a selection of tunes ranging from Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra, Strauss’ “Emperor Waltz”, and “The Man from Snowy River” to name a few. Special guests Gregory Moore and Martin Daubney.
October 29th, 2017Comments Off on Something from “The Marksman & the Requiem”, News, by adrianhead72.
Thanks to those who came to watch QUMS and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s last weekend. Here’s the first movement of the Cherubini Requiem in C minor. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Queensland University Music Society for having me back to conduct them, and for the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s for working with QUMS to make this performance possible. Finally, I’d like to thank 4MBS for taking an interest in our performance, and for coming and recording the concert. All the best.
October 15th, 2017Comments Off on Thank you for voting, News, by adrianhead72.
Thank you to those of you who voted for me in the recent poll for the 4MBS Treasured Queensland Classical Musician/Group. The poll closed last Friday, and I appreciated those of you who took the time to vote. Tune in to “My Musical Journey” on 4MBS Classic FM next Saturday, the 21st of October, from 8.10am to find out who the top five winners. This is also a special day as I’ll be conducting the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s and the Queensland University Music Society in selections from Weber’s Der Freischütz, and Cherubini’s moving Requiem in C minor. Thanks again, and hopefully I’ll see you soon. All the best.
September 9th, 2017Comments Off on Looking back: Stan Getz & Focus one year ago, News, by adrianhead72.
September seems to be for me the month for important performance anniversaries, several of which I had undertaken with the Ady Ensemble.
September 3rd, 2017Comments Off on Next concert: The Marksman & the Requiem, News, by adrianhead72.
I’ve been looking forward to this next concert for some time, and it will be a great delight to be working again with both organisations for this performance. Marking 200 years since it’s first performance, the Queensland University Music Society and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s present Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor. Imitated by Brahms and Berlioz, admired by Schumann and Beethoven, this work was written in memory of King Louis XVI of France, who was executed in 1793.
August 6th, 2017Comments Off on Some more Haydn from “British Sojourns”: Adrian Head and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, News, by adrianhead72.
My thanks again to the members of the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s for their sterling efforts earlier this year at, “British Sojourns”. The concert, which was part of this year’s 4MBS Festival of Classics, featured the works of composers that visited and contributed to the musical life of London. This included works by Mendelssohn, the composer/cellist Graziani, and Haydn’s 94th Symphony: the Surprise Symphony. Please enjoy the orchestra’s performance from this concert, and stay tuned as I’ll share more performances that I’ve undertaken recently with the Sinfonia and other ensembles both local and overseas.
November 26th, 2016Comments Off on Elgar’s Serenade for Strings:- 4th of December, News, by adrianhead72.
I’ll be conducting Elgar’s wonderful Serenade for Strings, with the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, as part of a Christmas concert held by the Brisbane Concert Choir, who will be joined by the Sinfonia for a performance of Britten’s, “Saint Nicolas”. More information about the concert can be found here, but in the meantime, enjoy this performance of the Serenade that I gave with the Ady Ensemble back in May, 2014. All the best. 26