Well, we’re now back from the trip to Hong Kong. We had a fabulous time, and one of the joys was working with such delightful musicians; we had such fun with them. The whole concert has been broadcast and webcast on RTHK, who also put together an excellent film about our stay in the city. We certainly got a taste of the high life….
The TV programme can be seen online at Music First/Power of Harmony
It includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s double violin concerto performed by Catherine and Guy together with the wonderful orchestra of the HK Academy of the Performing Arts, a Purcell anthem and the new piece I wrote which brought together all the different soloists and ensembles of the concert, including Niu Niu, Yang Peiyi, Catherine Myerscough, Guy Button, the Orchestra of the HK APA, and Robinson College Choir. It also includes members of the choir proclaiming the HK Tourist Board’s inimitable slogan Hong Kong: Live it, Love it!
Back to the UK now, and reality. And onwards and upwards, in fact, as I need to write a piece for Cambridge pianist David Christophersen, who has commissioned a work for two pianos and two percussionists. My idea is to set the percussionists free of the pianists, while entwining them in a delicate and intimate dialogue with each other. We’ll see how it turns out.