Piano Concerto (“The Solway Canal”)
February 19, 2010

On February 19 and 20 Ralph van Raat gave the premiere of my piano concerto in Holland. The performance in Utrecht on February 19 was broadcast live and streamed online by Netherlands Radio and the second performance, in Amsterdam, was recorded for release on Naxos along with other works of mine. While we were together in Amsterdam Ralph and I recorded the two-piano piece My First Homage in the hall of the Amsterdam Conservatory – the recording was engineered by Ralph’s father, a remarkable man! Ralph will add my piece for harpsichord solo After Handel’s Vesper (on piano) as well as the new piece which I finished for him last week Ramble on Cortona.

The photograph for this journal entry shows us taking bows in Amsterdam (Ralph is to the right with the conductor Otto Tausk between us) and it was good to work with the Radio Chamber Orchestra which is led by my old friend the violinist Liz Perry (who leads the strings on the Point/Philips recording of The North Shore, now on the 60th Anniversary Album). The other photograph is from the pre-concert talk in Amsterdam which also included Dutch composer Cornelis de Bondt.

Gavin Bryars