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Composer: Matthews, David (b. 1943)

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Year of birth1943
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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OxfordJoanna Gutowska; Bach and Berkeley

Joanna Gutowska; Bach and Berkeley
Cassado, Berkeley, Charalabopoulos, Matthews D., Penderecki, Bach
Joanna Gutowska, Cello

BromsgroveBromsgrove Concerts present Eblana String Trio

Purcell, Finzi, Beethoven, Matthews D., Moeran
Eblana String Trio; Jonathan Martindale; Lucy Nolan; Peggy Nolan
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Bold programming impresses at Presteigne Festival

© Choir Royal Holloway
A concert built on the work of composers from Britain, Finland and Latvia formed a rewarding programme of choral, vocal and orchestral music with several gems. 
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The Orgelbüchlein Project at Clifton Cathedral

William Whitehead © J.M. Ainsley
This second concert of the Clifton International Festival of Music was a sparkling gem amongst concrete presenting no less than three world premières as part of the Orgelbüchlein Project.
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20th- and 21st-century song with Andrew Tortise and Chris Hopkins at Presteigne

Sir Michael Tippett  ©  Nicky Johnston
To those who grew up with Michael Tippett’s music and lived through the later premières, the neglect into which he has fallen and the ill-disguised contempt of many is both puzzling and distressing. The same fate befell both Sibelius and Vaughan Williams in the years following their deaths and now, fifteen years on, there is perhaps just a faint glimmer of a Tippett reappraisal on the horizon.
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Concertos by David Matthews and Joseph Phibbs receive second performances at Presteigne

David Matthews  ©  Maurice Foxall
The classification of composers into those who write tonal music and those who inhabit the harder-edged shores of serialism and atonality raised its head once again at the first of the three concerts given by the Festival Chamber Orchestra at this year’s Presteigne Festival.
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Prom 6: Nobuyuki Tsujii's Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena

Nobuyuki Tsujii performs with the BBC Philharmonic at the BBC Proms  ©  BBC/Chris Christodoulou
A world première, a blind pianist and a timpani showdown – Prom 6, with the BBC Philharmonic and their chief conductor Juanjo Mena, was not lacking in content. The three big works commenced with David Matthews’ A Vision of the Sea, which was commissioned by the BBC for this Prom.
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