the Phoenix World Premiere of The Robert Farnon Bassoon Concerto
In 2005, legendary composer/arranger ROBERT FARNON
dedicated his final composition to Daniel Smith. Entitled Romancing
the Phoenix, this three movement bassoon concerto for solo
amplified bassoon with rhythm section and full symphony orchestra
in a jazz oriented style with symphonic overtones was written specifically
with Daniel in mind. Daniel will perform this with a Symphony Orchestra
at a prestigious Venues from September 2009. The work features the
amplified bassoon backed by a big band incorporated within a full
symphony orchestra, the three-movement composition is in jazz style.
News! - Michael Lloyd (MD and Conductor) has
definitely decided that the Farnon Bassoon Concerto will be included
in the Chandos Symphony Orchestra 2009 programme.
The Venue will be The Forum Theatre - Malvern, Worcester This venue
has plenty of space for the large orchestra and an audience of about
850. Malvern Theatres is situated in Grange Road, near the centre
of Great Malvern, near to the Priory Church, Nat West Bank and the
Abbey Hotel. The postcode for satellite navigation systems is WR14
The date will be 13th September 2009
There will also be a jazz trio within the orchestra
for improvisational spots and also available for the encore pieces
immediately following the Concerto.
Plans are underway to line up media coverage
in collaboration with Warner Chappell, The Robert Farnon Society,
Making Music, British Double Reed Society, etc.
Michael Lloyd, BA, ARCM
Read music at the University of East Anglia; postgraduate studies
at RCM. Career includes: Scottish Ballet (company pianist and professional
conducting debut); Staatstheater Kassel where he switched from ballet
to opera, Württembergisches Staatstheater, Stuttgart; ENO 1985-2003,
conducting new productions, revivals and performances in a wide
range of repertoire (in 1989 appointed Assistant Music Director,
in 1998 Senior Resident Conductor). Conducted frequently in New
Zealand (opera, concerts and ballet), in Japan, Korea, Singapore
and Macau. Regular conductor with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
and English National Ballet and made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra
and with Opera Holland Park in 2005. Has returned regularly to ENO
since 2003. Music Director of the Chandos Symphony Orchestra, Malvern
and the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.