Memorising Mozart

Memorising Mozart

Later this week I will begin rehearsals with Aurora Orchestra for some upcoming concerts in Singapore (April) and around the UK (June). We’ll be performing a brilliant programme including Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. However anyone who’s heard of Aurora Orchestra will be aware of their unique and pioneering practice of playing symphonies from memory! These concerts are no different and we’ll be playing both the Mozart symphony and a short encore without music. I thought I’d share my process for how I have gone about memorising the Mozart in case it might be interesting or helpful for anyone else...

Reflections on Stephen Dodgson’s Trumpet Concerto

Reflections on Stephen Dodgson’s Trumpet Concerto

In March this year, I performed the Dodgson Trumpet Concerto at a recital for the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. When I notified the Stephen Dodgson Charitable Trust about this, Leonora Dawson-Bowling asked if I would be interested in writing a blog post about my experience of the piece. She sent me a list of questions which I decided to turn into a Q&A-style post, so here it is...