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Jonathan Dove News

Forthcoming Performances

Many performances of Jonathan Dove’s work will be taking place in the coming months, including three world premieres. There are two performances of the large-scale cantata For an Unknown Soldier, a new work to commemorate the First World War, commissioned by Portsmouth Grammar School and the London Mozart Players. In addition, the choirs of Merton College, Oxford and Wells Cathedral will both debut new anthems and Thomas Trotter will give the second ever performance of The Dancing Pipes, premiered earlier this year.

7/7.30pm, 8th, 11th, 13th September – The Little Green Swallow
British Youth Opera
Peacock Theatre, London
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5.45pm, Saturday 13th September – Te Deum
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Merton College Chapel, Oxford
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5.15pm, Thursday 25th September – Te lucis ante terminum
Wells Cathedral Choir
Wells Cathedral
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1pm, Saturday 27th September – The Dancing Pipes
Thomas Trotter
Town Hall, Birmingham
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7.30pm, Sunday 9th November – For an Unknown Soldier
Nicholas Cleobury, London Mozart Players, Portsmouth Grammar School Choir, children from local primary schools
Portsmouth Cathedral
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7.30pm, Friday 14th November – For an Unknown Soldier
Nicholas Cleobury, London Mozart Players, choirs of Portsmouth Grammar School, Whitgift School and Croydon Minster, children from local primary schools
Fairfield Halls, Croydon
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7.30pm, Wednesday 26th November – The Passing of the Year
Simon Halsey, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus
The Barbican, London
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New Commission for the BBC Proms 2014

Jonathan Dove has been commissioned by the BBC Proms to write a new large-scale work for the 2014 season. Gaia Theory, for symphony orchestra, will be premiered at Prom No. 15 on 28 July 2014 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Josep Pons at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Inspired by the work of James Lovelock and continuing Dove's concern to address environmental issues in his music, Gaia Theory takes as its starting point Lovelock's idea that the Earth behaves as a self-regulating organism, and his description of all the inter-related processes maintaining the Earth in the optimum conditions for life as a kind of dance.

The new work follows Dove's success at the Proms with A Song of Joys, commissioned for the Last Night of the Proms in 2010 and subsequently used as the theme music for all the televised Proms.

Details can be found on the BBC Proms website.

World Premiere of The Dancing Pipes

On 14 June 2014 Thomas Trotter will give the World Premiere of The Dancing Pipes for solo organ at St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow. The work has been commissioned to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Snetzler Organ in St. Laurence’s Church.

Further details can be found on the Church’s website.


World Premiere of Psalms for Leo in London

The Bach Choir, conducted by David Hill, and Philharmonia Orchestra will give the world premiere of Psalms for Leo, a new choral-orchestral work by Jonathan Dove, at the Royal Festival Hall on 10 June 2014.

Psalms for Leo was commissioned in memory of Leopold de Rothschild, former President of The Bach Choir and a singing member for 50 years.

Full details of the concert can be found here.

The Adventures of Pinocchio in Bonn

Jonathan Dove’s magical full-scale work for a family audience, with a libretto by Alasdair Middleton translated by Ralf Nürnberger, opens Theater Bonn on 1 December. Originally commissioned by Opera North with Sadler’s Wells Theatre, UK and co-produced with Theater Chemnitz, Germany, this work with its spectacular story-telling is an ideal introduction to opera.

Dr. Bernhard Helmich, who oversaw the German premiere of the opera in 2008 said: "During my time as General Director at Theater Chemnitz Pinocchio was the opera with the most performances and largest audience. It is an exceptional work; an opera which is genuinely for the whole family and artistically challenging at the same time. I am certain that Jonathan Dove will go from strength to strength in Germany as audiences continue to discover his existing and future operas."

The Adventures of Pinocchio runs at Theater Bonn until 29 March 2014.

World Premiere of Out Of The Whirlwind

Out of the Whirlwind, a new work by composer Jonathan Dove, will receive its world premiere on 22 November 2013 in a concert celebrating St Cecilia's Day and also featuring music by Benjamin Britten.

The performance will be given by the Choir of All Saints Church, Northampton, countertenor James Laing and conductor Lee Dunleavy, Director of Music at All Saints. The text is adapted from The Book of Job, and th work is conceived as a dialogue between Job (countertenor) and God (the choir).

There Was a Child in Minnesota

Jonathan Dove's epic and moving orchestral-choral celebration of life, There Was a Child will receive its US premiere in Minnesota on 27 October 2013 at Orchestra Hall Minnesota.

The performance will be conducted by Philip Brunelle who will lead his celebrated VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers joined by the St Olaf Choir and the Northfield Youth Choir. The soloiss are Maria Jette and Dan Dressen.

Composed in 2009 as a tribute to a friend’s son, There Was a Child sets poetry dealing with childhood and its loss and the bond between mother and child. While poignant and moving, the work emphatically celebrates the life lived.

"There Was a Child is a major addition to the choral repertoire. It deserves to be taken up by orchestras and choral societies on both sides of the Atlantic." — Andrew Clark, Financial Times

Siren Song in Boston

Siren Song, Jonathan Dove's one-act opera about a love-starved sailor who becomes entangled in an affair of letters with a person he assumes to be a lonely young woman, will be staged at the Boston University Fringe Festival on 4, 5 & 6 October 2013.

The festival, now in its 17th season, is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts Schools of Music and Theatre and the Opera Institute. The festival’s mission is to produce new or rarely performed significant works in the opera and theatre repertoire, bringing performers and audiences together in unique theatrical settings.

More information about the show can be found on the festival website.

Tobias and the Angel in Hemel Hempstead

On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September, Dacorum Community Choir alongside professional soloists and orchestra will stage a production of Tobias and the Angel. This will be the tenth production of the work, a church opera recounting stories from the Book of Tobit, with a libretto by David Lan.

More information on the performances this weekend can be found at tobiasindacorum.co.uk.

Jonathan Dove made Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music

On 28 June 2013 Jonathan Dove was presented with an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music. This exclusive club is limited to 300 living members who are distinguished musicians who did not study at the Royal Academy of Music. Previous members have included Igor Stravinsky, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt. The honour was bestowed at a ceremony at the Royal Academy of Music by the Duchess of Gloucester.

RAM website

Seven Angels at Kings Place 9 February 2013

Seven Angels, an intimate 30-minute work for counter-tenor and soprano, revolves around a sequence of encounters between the Renaissance painter Piero della Fancesca and an enigmatic angelic figure. It receives its world premiere in the version with piano and harpsichord at Kings Place on Saturday 9 February as part of the Britten at 100: Metamorphoses concert series. The performance features soprano Claire Booth and countertenor Andrew Radley.

Kings Place website

Swanhunter returns to Chemnitz February 2013

Theater Chemnitz have announced further performances of their successful production of Dove’s chamber opera, Swanhunter written for a young audience but appealing to all ages. Inspired by the ancient Finnish folk-epic, The Kalevala, the tale is one of adventure and tasks of mythological magnitude, not to speak of the rather grisly dismemberment of the hero.

Theater Chemnitz website

A Portrait Of Aung San Suu Kyi - World Premiere

As part of their Portraits Day, Radio 3 commissioned Jonathan Dove to write a musical portrait of a 21st century figure. On 7 May, they asked their listeners for suggestions and from these, Jonathan chose Aung San Suu Kyi as his subject.

On 5 December, the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, gave the premiere of this work at Cadogan Hall.

The score can be found on our Jonathan Dove online scores page.



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