Here is my arrangement of "My Princess", recorded with the RPO earlier this year - with thanks to its composer Yerkesh Shakeyev and his Daughter Meru who created the video. Happy New Year!
My Nutcracker Fantasy -an unashamedly Lisztian virtuoso piece was recorded by "crossover" pianist Maksim Mrvica with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra earlier this month. I have worked on numerous projects with Maksim in the past but this is the first completely classical work since our very first collaboration - the "New World Concerto" - a reworking of Dvorak's 9th Symphony (last movement) for piano and orchestra. Since then Maksim has gone on to develop an incredible following in Asia and will be performing the new piece regularly next year.
Never has the title of this post been truer than during these last few months. Presenting silent films to primary school children in Wales, playing the magnificent Elgar quintet for the first time, adjudicating final degree recitals at the Royal Academy of Music, exploring the music of Benny Goodman with Emma Johnson, playing Brahms on TV with Tasmin Little, teaching at the Menuhin and Chethams Music Schools and appearing with jazz legend Jason Rebello in a new 2 piano programme which just happens to be called "No Boundaries". Just some of the things I have been involved in lately. You can't get much more varied than that and the most exciting thing for me is that I feel energised and stimulated by this crazy variety of work. Stretching one's boundaries is good for you!
Performing Brahms' Sonatensatz at the Savoy Hotel, London with Tasmin Little during the South Bank Show's Sky Arts Awards Ceremony.
Performing with Jason Rebello at Manchester's brand new Stoller Hall during the Chethams Piano Summer School. The programme included our own improvised arrangements of the music of Bill Evans and John Ireland.
This is the encore from this week's broadcast. The full programme of Brahms and Strauss Sonatas can be heard for the next month on the BBC player here.........
Also this week.....
John Lenehan's arrangements of Piazzolla tangos have been performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Ksenija Siderova the accordion soloist. John is in the recording studio again to record his arrangements of the music of Yerkesh Shakeyev with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
March 1 - Recital for the Guildford Festival with Tasmin Little
March 16-19 Scottish tour with Sound Collective
March 25 - Recital for Painswick Music Club with Tasmin Little
April 29 - Sherborne Abbey Festival with Emma Johnson and Paul Clarvis
May 5 - Recital for Ludlow Music with Leland Chen
May 6 - Hagley Festival with Emma Johnson and Paul Clarvis
May 7 - Wavendon Stables Theatre with Emma Johnson and Paul Clarvis
May 15 - Wigmore Hall with Tasmin Little (live broadcast on BBC Radio 3)
May 19 - recording with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios
5th February - Sound Collective play Mozart, Mendelssohn at Vinehall School, East Sussex
13/14 February - private concerts with pumeza matshikiza (soprano), Kirsten Jensen (cello) and Huw Wiggin (Saxophone)
25th February - Ludlow Music Club with Leland Chen (violin)
27th February - Hall for Cornwall with Emma Johnson (clarinet)
January 17th - Recital with Emma Johnson for Abbotsholme Arts Society - http://www.abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk/programme.php#show5
January 22nd - Recital with Tasmin Little for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre -http://www.tasminlittle.org.uk/pages/02_pages/02_set_concerts.htm
The Huron Carol - What child is this - Ballade de Jesus Christ - It came upon the Midnight clear
Performed by Angelika Kirchschlager with Tonkunstler-Orchester Vienna conducted by Alfred Eschwe.
Arrangements by John Lenehan
December 2nd - recital at St. Peter's, Notting Hill - with Christopher Horner (violin) for the Baltic Music Society. The complete music for violin and Piano of Gruodis and works by Vasks, Tubin and Part.
December 9th - Recital in Glasgow with Karine Georgian (cello)
December 12th - Christmas Silent Film Programme at Wycombe Abbey School
December 18th - Christmas Silent Film Programme at Blackheath Concert Halls