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.
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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.