Pre-concert talk 19.00, Howard Blake OBE interviewed by Christine Talbot-Cooper about his life and works.
The Goldfield Ensemble perform their final concert as Stapleford Granary’s ensemble-in-residence for 2014 with a programme dedicated to the chamber music of Howard Blake. The recital will also include the ever popular Mozart clarinet quartet. Make sure you don’t miss this final opportunity to listen to this outstanding ensemble in the intimate setting of Stapleford Granary.
Best known as the composer of the music for the film “The Snowman”, Howard Blake has had a hugely varied career as pianist and conductor as well as the composer of a wide range of music. In his extraordinary life he has worked with renowned musicians and film directors and has many fascinating stories to tell!
Image: Copyright Snowman Enterprises Ltd. 1982. 2014
Howard Blake is that rarity in the contemporary music scene, a genuinely popular composer. If he has a recent parallel, it is probably Leonard Bernstein, though he is an altogether more ‘natural’, less troubled composer than Bernstein even at his gentlest. Blake’s reputation rests very squarely on the success of the acclaimed children’s film ‘The Snowman’ and particularly on its haunting theme ‘Walking in the Air’. Since its first performance in 1982 the piece has become a Christmas classic both in its animated form on British television and in its theatrical form as a full-length ballet. Howard Blake was awarded the OBE for services to music by The Queen and is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music.
W A Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Howard Blake String Trio 1975
Howard Blake Sleepwalking op 645 2013
Howard Blake Piano Quartet 1975