Regards from Rochester

I'm looking forward to playing in this world premiere on Saturday 18th March at 7pm.

The livestream will be on YouTube, or you can watch it here:

The music is a newly written commission by Thomas Hewitt Jones for Rochester Choral Society. It explores the spectacular history of this unique part of the world, through a series of highly evocative pieces of music that weave together to form a larger, 10-movement work.

It's basically a 21st century choral-symphonic tone poem! It sounds a bit like a film score attached to a choral symphony, and the music really makes you feel like you're in the middle of the action ... Gateway to Europe, Siege of Rochester, Down to the Docks, Rochester's Victorian High Street (a funny music hall number!) are just some of the titles.

The piece ends with a majestic and uplifting Medway Hymn - when everyone can sing along (in the cathedral, or at home as you watch the livestream!).

It'll be performed by the Carducci Quartet and the Rochester Sinfonietta, who will be accompanying the Rochester Choral Society, conducted by John Mountford.

The concert also features George Frideric Handel's Four Coronation Anthems (yes, Zadok the Priest and all that!).

Here's a little promotional video all about the event - with a sneak preview of the music, too!

Tickets are available online here:

Or watch the Livestream on YouTube (or at the top of this page!) from 7pm UK time on Saturday.

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