December 2018: As we all know, many Christmas Carols began as folk tunes or drinking songs in taverns. I’ve always maintained that melody is king in Christmas music. I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of some of my most tuneful carols - I hope you enjoy it!
November 2018 - ‘Three Messages’ commissioned by new vocal ensemble ‘Seraphim’ released as the first three tracks of their debut EP:
October 2018 - ‘The Theory of Time’ - from ‘Into the Stillness’ EP with the Carducci Quartet
August 2018: Greater Love - The 12 Ways of Goodness
Sneak preview of our first run through below!
'Oculi Omnium' performed by Bath Spa University Chamber Choir as part of the 70th Anniversary of the Bath Festival at Bath Abbey. Conducted by Francis Faux.
New ballet 'Chrysalis' written for English National Ballet 'Dance Journeys' 2018 now on Spotify and iTunes!
Premiered at Sadlers' Wells, April 2018.
Conducted by Jacques Cohen, performed by the RCM JD Contemporary Ensemble
Mini documentary about the score below:
You can here the premiere broadcast from the Three Choirs Festival below. Sheet music available here.
PANATHENAIA - A SYMPHONY IN STONE - live from the British Museum
Here are some Christmas performances this December - it would be great to see you at one or other of them if you happen to be free! Merry Christmas one and all...
2/12/17, 7pm Seraphine Carol Concert - Birmingham Cathedral - *new carol premiere, ‘Come, Sing with Joy’
8/12/17, 7.30pm - St John’s Church, Malmo, Sweden - Malmo University Orchestra - ‘A Christmas Cracker’ (Swedish premiere)
9/12/17, 3pm - St John’s Church, Malmo, Sweden - Malmo University Orchestra - ‘A Christmas Cracker’
9/12/17, 6pm - St John’s Church, Malmo, Sweden - Malmo University Orchestra - ‘A Christmas Cracker’
9/12/17, Opernhaus Graz, Germany - ‘A Christmas Cracker’ (Germany premiere)
tbc/12/17 - Open University Orchestra, ‘A Christmas Cracker’ (Milton Keynes premiere..!)
12/12/17, 7.30pm - Toledo Symphony Orchestra @ St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maumee, Ohio - 'A Christmas Party' - concerto for Violin and orchestra (USA premiere)
13/12/17, 7.30pm - Toledo Symphony Orchestra @ St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Napoleon, Ohio - 'A Christmas Party' - concerto for Violin and orchestra
14/12/7, 7.30pm Toledo Symphony Orchestra @ St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, Ohio - 'A Christmas Party' - concerto for Violin and orchestra
17/12/17, 6pm - Nine Lessons and Carols, St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong - ‘On Christmas Night’ (Hong Kong premiere)
21/12/17, Ayr Town Hall, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - ‘A Christmas Party’ - concerto for Violin and orchestra (Scottish premiere)
22/12/17, Glasgow City Hall, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - ‘A Christmas Party’ - concerto for Violin and orchestra
24/12/17 - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on BBC Radio Scotland - ‘A Christmas Party’ - concerto for Violin and orchestra
24/12/17, 11.30pm - Midnight Mass, St John’s, Upper Norwood - ‘What Child is this?’
24/12/17, 11pm - Midnight Mass, St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong - ‘On Christmas Night’
25/12/17, 10am - Christmas Morning, St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong - ‘On Christmas Morn’
9/2/18, 7.30pm - Seraphim choir Launch - Swiss Church, London - *premiere of ‘3 Blessings’
A small taster of 'Amuse Bouche' - two suites of Parisian miniatures for Bass Trumpet and Piano, commissioned by John Shaddock (trumpeter with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
Performed by John Shaddock, Bass trumpet & Thomas Hewitt Jones, piano.
Come join me on Spotify!
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Thomas's new 'Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis', commissioned by Worcester Cathedral, receives its premiere in July from the Three Choirs' Festival, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong
January 2017 - a new ballet for English National Ballet's education department.
December 2016 - 'The Violin Channel' blog interviews Thomas about the composition of 'Christmas Party', his new Christmas Violin Concerto: https://theviolinchannel.com/thomas-hewitt-jones-christmas-violin-concerto-blog/
The Star-Spangled Banner rewritten to suit our times.
"I'm so sad about how angry some people are, when as the Beatles so rightly put it, All you need is love."
You can play it yourself (Piano/Kbd. & any melody instrument) by downloading the sheet music here.
Some forthcoming performances this December :
'There is no Rose' - Friday 2 December, Caius Choir, London Tickets here
Rumpelstiltskin (musical) - 3-10 December, Criterion Theatre, Coventry Tickets here
'What Child is This' - 12 December, The Sitwell Singers, Derby Tickets here
A Christmas Cracker - Toledo Symphony Orchestra, USA, 13, 14, 15 December Tickets here
'What Child is This?' - 17 December, Chester Bach Singers Tickets here
A Christmas Hamper, Christmas Angels - Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra, 22 December Tickets here
New Recordings for 2016:
A Christmas Party available on CD here!
('Christmas Party' Violin Fantasy, Child of the stable's secret birth, Cameron's Lament, Christmas version)
Also just out:
'A Voice from Heaven' - British Choral Masterpieces
The King's Consort directed by Robert King. (Includes 'Oculi Omnium')
'A Wells Christmas'
Wells Cathedral Choir directed by Matthew Owens. (Includes 'What Child is This')
You can hear many other recent recordings of Thomas's music on iTunes by clicking below.
Thomas improvises (switching between Piano and Cello) for Classic FM
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.
William Kunhardt – conductor
Paulina Pfeiffer – soprano
Karolina Blixt – mezzo-soprano
Hugo Ticciati – violin
Joanna Stark – bassoon
Christine Stevenson – continuo (electric harpsichord)
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.