February 2016

A PREMATURE CHRISTMAS PARTY INVITATION!

ENCORE PUBLICATIONS - PUBLISHING NEWS (February 2016)
We are working with the award-winning composer, Thomas Hewitt Jones, as the publisher of his new piece, Christmas Party (a seasonal fantasy). Not unlike Bruch's popular Scottish Fantasy, Thomas has recently composed a sparkling, festive showpiece for violin and orchestra (duration about 6:45), based on Christmas melodies. As you will hear, the new piece is fun and colourful, containing are some lively dance sections mixed with lyrical writing. Thomas has written the seasonal work for his brother, the English violinist Simon Hewitt Jones, who will give a premiere tour and record the work.

Thomas, Simon and Encore Publications are currently searching for conductors, orchestras, producers and classical music promoters, who might be willing to get behind the project with a view to arranging performances in December 2016 (with the potential of a world or country premiere for some orchestras) or beyond. Any such concert(s) could, of course, be charity orientated or involve an educational focus, since the music of the Christmas Party has the real potential of breaking down any perceived access issues among hard to reach groups.

Thomas has recently completed the full score of his work, Christmas Party, prior to a recording, which is scheduled towards the end of March 2016 with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Gavin Sutherland, and featuring Simon Hewitt Jones (violin) as the soloist. It is expected too that extracts from the piece will be made available for listening purposes on YouTube in Feb/Mar.

From reading the score, you will see that this new work is composed in the style of Thomas's three highly successful Christmas pieces for orchestra (A Christmas Cracker, A Christmas Hamper and Christmas Angels), which enjoy regular TV and radio broadcasts (including Classic FM) and concert performances by both professional and community orchestras.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Rogers, Head of Publishing
Encore Publications
Juglans House, Brenchley Road, Matfield, Kent, TN12 7DT, UK
Tel: +44(0)1892 725548
Fax: +44(0)1892 725568
info@encorepublications.com

For information about the composer, Thomas Hewitt Jones
http://www.thomashewittjones.com

For information about the violinist, Simon Hewitt Jones
http://www.simonhewittjones.com

 

PANATHENAIA - UK PREMIERE

Watch the UK première of this extraordinary new composition performed in the British Museum's Parthenon Gallery (Room 18). Surrounded by stunning carvings, ‘Panathenaia’ celebrates their artistry and tells the story portrayed in the timeless stones.

The performance, attended by over 300 people, took place on Thursday 4 June 2015. This film includes the full work and accompanying sequences showing the details of the sculptures and frieze. 

‘Panathenaia’ was composed by Thomas Hewitt Jones with words by Paul Williamson. 

You can see the full event programme and libretto here.

The work is in eight movements:
1. Prelude – instrumental 00'30
2. The Temple – choir 03'30
3. The Weaver’s Song – soprano 11'25
4. Lyric Suite – instrumental 19'05
5. Prometheus –soprano, mezzo-soprano 22'20
6. Shadows in a Dream – choir 29'00
7. The Birth of Pandora – mezzo-soprano, soprano, choir 34'50
8. Coda – instrumental 40'30


This event and recording was generously supported by Molly Lowell and David Borthwick.
Performers:
William Kunhardt – conductor
Paulina Pfeiffer – soprano
Karolina Blixt – mezzo-soprano
Hugo Ticciati – violin
Joanna Stark – bassoon
Christine Stevenson – continuo (electric harpsichord)
VOCES8:
Andrea Haines – soprano
Emily Dickens – soprano
Chris Wardle – countertenor
Barnaby Smith – countertenor
Oliver Vincent– tenor
Sam Dressel – tenor
Paul Smith – baritone
Dingle Yandell – bass
Arensky Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with O/Modernt Kammerorkester
To find out more about the performers go here.
Take a virtual tour of the Parthenon Gallery on Google Street View here.

Brilliant composer Thomas Hewitt Jones
— BBC Music Magazine
Powerfully Moving
— The London Magazine ('Panathenaia')
Wit, charm and great songs
— The Guardian ('Rumpeltstitskin', book & lyrics by Matt Harvey)
These are all highly accomplished works with immense commercial appeal, which deserve to be included in the festive programmes of every symphony orchestra and chorus.
— Choir & Organ on 'Incarnation' - Regent Records REGCD429
How refreshing to discover a living composer who dares to write music that possesses both splendid melody and well-crafted conventional harmony - and avoids being considered twee, populist or crossover
— Muso magazine