Music atT ST MARY'S PPerivale


Sunday 20 September 4.00 pm

Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church

Howard Blake
presents a concert of his compositions for violin and piano
with Alan Parmenter (violin)

Prelude for solo violin (from ‘Benedictus')

Prelude for solo piano (from ‘Lifecycle')

‘Pennillion - Variations on a folk-like theme' for violin & piano

Sonata for violin & piano

‘Walking in the Air' for violin & piano (from ‘The Snowman')

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‘Howard Blake has achieved fame as pianist, conductor and composer.' He grew up in Brighton, at 18 winning a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music where he studied piano with Harold Craxton and composition with Howard Ferguson. In the early part of an intensely active career he wrote numerous film scores, including 'The Duellists' with Ridley Scott which gained the Special Jury Award at the Cannes Festival, 'A Month in the Country' which gained him the British Film Institute Anthony Asquith Award for musical excellence, and 'The Snowman', nominated for an Oscar after its first screening. His famous song ‘Walking in the Air'  was the chart success that launched Aled Jones in 1985, whilst the concert version for narrator and orchestra is performed world-wide and the full-length ballet for Sadler's Wells runs for a season every year in London. Concert works include the Piano Concerto commissioned for Princess Diana, the Violin Concerto commissioned for the City of Leeds; the Clarinet Concerto commissioned by Thea King and the English Chamber Orchestra and  large-scale choral/orchestral works such as  'Benedictus' and ‘The Passion of Mary' both recorded with the RPO. He is increasingly adding to his catalogue of CDs which includes Sir Neville Marriner conducting the woodwind concertos with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and 'Walking in the Air' - the piano music of Howard Blake - recorded by Vladimir Ashkenazy. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1988 and received the OBE for services to music from the Queen in 1994.

Alan Parmenter (violin) studied with Dona Lee Croft at the Junior Royal College of Music Junior Department and with Rodney Friend at the RCM on a scholarship, graduating with first class honours. As a freelance chamber musician, he is in demand for string quartets and touring with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. As a freelance soloist, he has performed at several prestigious London venues, in repertoire including baroque, classical, romantic and modern styles.In 2010 he recorded a debut CD, First Edition, with Florian Uhlig at the piano. He has performed complete cycles of solo Bach, and performed concertos with various orchestras. He has been working with celebrated composer Howard Blake to interpret his compositions as closely as possible to how they can be understood beyond the notes. The performance at the end of the 2019, at the Chapel Royal, Brighton, brought critical acclaim as ‘authoritative' and ‘special'.


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