September 19, 2017

As I sat in the sun outside my office last Friday I felt quite emotional with the CD launch today - it feels very much the end of an era; the end of a three-CD series, the end of the Darwin project that went from the Wigmore to Australia, and the end of all the negotiations, agreements and funding that put these things in place. 

The 15th September 2017 saw the release on CD of Age of Wonders, recorded by the Philharmonia with Stuart Stratford, conductor, Maya Iwabuchi, violin, and Tom Poster, piano. Written to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the piece begins for violin and piano (based on Darwin’s early life), evolves to a string quartet, The Beagle, then a work for string orchestra An Entangled Bank, and completes as a piece for full orchestra, Transmutations.

Perhaps because my first degree, and childhood love, was in science (Botany and Zoology) I had always intended for my second string quartet to be under the name of ‘Darwin’, but this was just something...

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