April

17 - Borough New Music, London
Improvisations by Douglas Finch (piano) and Martin Speake (saxophone)

St George the Martyr, Borough, London SE1 1JA, 1pm.

In Borough New Music Series 7, Douglas Finch will be performing with saxophonist Martin Speake, collaborators on a CD of improvisations, 'Sound Clouds' (2014) that is available on the Pumpkin Label.

Free refreshments will be provided after the concert.

March

10 - Toronto
Canadian Sinfonietta Chamber Music Series: Wine and Cheese Concerts

Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, 8pm

  • Douglas Finch - piano
  • Joyce Lai - violin
  • Andras Weber - cello

Hosted by the Canadian Sinfonietta, this trio concert explores piano trios romantic and improvisational. The programme will include Douglas Finch’s 'Fantasy on a Russian Folksong', the Smetana piano trio and Douglas Finch’s solo improvisations on themes from the audience.

January

19 - Vancouver
Premiere of New Work

Douglas Finch has been commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony’s New Music Festival, 2018. Finch's piece will be performed on January 19th 2018 by Vancouver Early Music in a programme “New Music for Early Instruments”, celebrating the music of J.S.Bach and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the castle chapel in the German town of Wittenberg. The new piece will be based on Douglas Finch's earlier work 'Chorale-Threnody for Erhu and Piano', which itself is based on Bach’s Fugue no. 8 in D# minor, WTC Bk.1, and scored for flute, string quintet and harpsichord. The programme will also feature Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto and pieces by Gyorgy Ligeti, Jocelyn Morlock, Rodney Sharman and Bramwell Tovey.

May

19 - St Alfege's Church, Greenwich
UK Premiere of 'Night Love Song'

St Alfege's Church, Greenwich SE10 9BJ, 7.30pm

St Paul's Sinfonia

Conducted by Andrew Morley

Soloist Rivka Golani

Programme:

  • Mendelssohn - 'Son and Stranger' Overture
  • Douglas Finch - 'Night Love Song' Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
  • Stravinsky - Pulcinella

Tickets £13 (£10 concessions, £6 Trinity Laban students) available on the door from 7pm.

March

27 - Evans Theatre, University of Brandon, Manitoba
Recital at Brandon New Music Festival

Brandon New Music Festival, University of Brandon, Brandon Manitoba

Performance of works including première of 'Epiphanies - On reading Alice Munro' by Douglas Finch, for Canadian pianist Megumi Masaki and new media artist Sigi Torinus.

22-24 - University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver B.C.
Residency at the University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver B.C.

The residency will include improvisation workshops and a lecture on music composed for films by Jon Sanders, with screening of their recent film collaboration, 'A Change in the Weather'.

19 - Hertford Music Club, UK
‘Improvisations & Variations’

Hertford Music Club

An improvisation day with Douglas Finch. Programme to include:

Part 1: A workshop on improvisation for invited pianists

Part 2: Performance by Douglas Finch

  • Beethoven – Variations on ‘God Save the King’ (extra ones by Finch)
  • Albeniz – ‘Evocacion’ (afterthoughts by Finch)
  • Chopin – Ballade No 4 (Prelude by Finch)
  • Improvisations on Themes from the Audience

11 - Assumption Hall, University of Windsor, Ontario
Recital

Part of the Noiseborder Festival

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 University Ave.

Douglas Finch, Piano

Programme:

  • Richard Causton - Non mi comporto male (1993)
  • John Burge - from 24 Preludes (2015): nos 13, 14 and 15
  • Rodney Sharman - Opera Transcription - Tristan und Isolde (2013)
  • Douglas Finch - Improvised Prelude
  • Charles Ives - Hawthorne from the Concord Sonata (1911-12)
  • Douglas Finch - Preludes and Afterthoughts - Fantasy-Transcriptions on Chopin’s Preludes op. 28 (2009-11)
  • Chopin - 4th Ballade (1842)
  • Improvisations

For more information and tickets, visit the University of Windsor Web site.

9-11 - University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario
Residency at the School of Creative Arts (SoCa)

School of Creative Arts (SoCa), University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario

The residency will include improvisation workshops and masterclasses.

1-5 - Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario
Residency at the School of Drama and Music

School of Drama and Music, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario

As part of PianoFest, including:

  • Wed, March 1st, 2017, 7:00pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall, rm. 124. Improvisation Master Class with Douglas Finch. Free Admission.
  • Fri, March 3rd, 2017, 12:30pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall, rm. 124. Colloquium Presentation by Douglas Finch: “Developing a Frame of Mind for Musical Improvisation”.  Free Admission.
  • Sun, March 5th, 2017, 7:30pm Rehearsal Room, IBCPA. Douglas Finch in Recital. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students/seniors. Tickets available at the door or by calling 613-533-2424.

For more information and tickets, visit the PianoFest Web site.

January

26 - Peacock Room, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Piano Recital

Peacock Room, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 7.30pm

Part of the TL Conversations Series.

  • Introductory talk by Peter Tuite
  • Ives - Sonata no 2 (Concord, Mass. 1840-1860) - Douglas Finch, piano
  • Liszt - Transcription of Beethoven's 5th Symphony - Gabriele Baldocci, piano

Admission free.

September

24 - Dusseldorf, Germany
CD Launch of 'Inner Landscapes' in Germany

This event celebrates the new CD recording of Douglas Finch's piano and chamber music. "Inner Landscapes: Douglas Finch - Piano and Chamber Music 1984-2013" will be released on 1 June 2016 on the Prima Facie label. The evening will include a performance of selected works from the CD, played by Lisa Nelsen (flute), Aleksander Szram (piano) and Mieko Kanno (violin), alongside improvisations by Douglas Finch himself.

Further details to be added soon.

June

29 - Reform Club, London
Two-Piano Recital

Reform Club, London, 12pm

Douglas Finch (piano) and Bobby Chen (piano)

Programme to include:

  • a new work by Douglas Finch, 'Hapsburg Burlesques - Fantasy-transcriptions on Der Rosenkavalier, Mahagony and Other Elegies' (provisional title)
  • Rachmaninov - Suite for Two Pianos, Op 5 no 1

20 - The Forge, London
CD Launch of 'Inner Landscapes'

The Forge, Camden, London, 7pm (drinks), 7.30pm (performance)

Tickets - £15 (£10 concessions) include a glass of wine and a copy of the CD. Book online here.

This event celebrates the first ever CD recording of Douglas Finch's piano and chamber music. "Inner Landscapes: Douglas Finch - Piano and Chamber Music 1984-2013" will be released on 1 June 2016 on the Prima Facie label. The evening will include a performance of selected works from the CD, played by Lisa Nelsen (flute), Aleksander Szram (piano) and Mieko Kanno (violin), alongside improvisations by Douglas Finch himself.

March

13 - Westfield School, Surrey
Creativity in Performance: Concert and workshop

Arts Suite, Westfield School Bonsey Lane, Woking, Surrey GU22 9PR, 2.30-5.30pm

The concert will feature music in a range of styles. The workshop is open to any student from grade 1 and up. The aim is to make piano playing more dynamic and fun by exploring all of the aspects of musical expression. Using musical games and group improvisation as well as giving individual guidance on pieces, Douglas Finch will help students to feel more confident and spontaneous when they play.

Tickets: Concert - £5 per pupil (includes a free adult entry). Workshop - £15 per pupil. To apply for tickets and/or a place on the workshop (students can attend either event or both) please contact Surrey Arts, 01483 519303.

February

27&28 - Vigo Conservatoire, Spain
Improvisation workshops and concert

Auditorio del CMUS Profesional de Vigo, 28 February 5.30pm

A series of workshops and performances by participants on 27 and 28 February, followed by a performance of improvisations by Douglas Finch.

January

25 - Canadian Music Centre
Recital by Everett Hopfner (piano)

Canadian Music Centre, 7.30pm

Programme includes 'Preludes and Afterthoughts' by Douglas Finch, alongside works by Edward Enman, Nicole Lizée, and Wolfgang Rihm.

Tickets $15, available in advance online or at the door.

27 - Conrad Grebel University College Chapel, University of Waterloo
Recital by Everett Hopfner (piano)

Conrad Grebel University College Chapel, University of Waterloo, 12.30pm

Programme includes 'Preludes and Afterthoughts' by Douglas Finch, alongside works by Leonard Enns and Edward Enman.

Free admission.

31 - City View United Church, Ottawa
Recital by Everett Hopfner (piano)

City View United Church, 3.30 p.m.

Programme includes 'Preludes and Afterthoughts' by Douglas Finch, alongside works by Edward Enman, Nicole Lizée and Wolfgang Rihm.

Tickets $10/$30 for a family, available at the door.

June

25 - Laban Theatre, Deptford
Beyond the Tree Line

Laban Theatre, 7.30pm

A collaboration with choreographer Lizzi Kew-Ross, pianist Aleksander Szram and dance students on Trinity Laban's One Year Dance Programme, with music by Douglas Finch.

'Beyond the Tree Line' features the piano pieces 'Lyric' and 'Ucluelet' (Landscape IV). The subtle choreography reflects the themes of remote Canadian landscapes and aboriginal spirituality, and is also inspired by the Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr.

The programme will also include new dance works by choreographers Gary Lambert and Rachel Lopez.

Tickets £6 and £4 (concessions), available on the door.

19-21 - King's Place, London
Swept Away Festival

A three-day event at King's Place, celebrating the work of composers such as Toch, Weill and others. Find out more and book tickets via the King's Place Web site.

20 - King's Place, London
Toch: Violin and Cello Sonatas + Other Works

King's Place, 7.30pm

Douglas Finch performs alongside members of the Continuum Ensemble.

For further information and tickets, click here.

March

5&7 - Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, London
From Encounters, to Performance

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET, 7.30pm

Programme includes 'Concert Conversation', a dance music piece devised by Lizzi Kew Ross, with music by John White and 15 dancers and pianists Douglas Finch and Bobby Chen. The piano duets of 1974 refer to traditional melodies, harmonies and gestures, but have meta-ironic things to say about excitement, thwarted expressions of love, pomposity and contention.

Watch the podcast on Youtube.

Tickets £15 (£7 concessions), available at the RA online box office.

February

16 - Laban Theatre, Deptford
Beyond the Keys: CoLab Gala Showcase

Laban Theatre, 6.30pm

CoLab Gala Showcase including Megumi Masaki, pianist, and Sigi Torinus, new media artist, performing part of Douglas Finch's new work 'Epiphanies 1' (based on imagery from Alice Munro's stories). Douglas Finch will also be improvising with Martin Speake.

Reserve a seat via the Online Box Office.

6 - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Parallax 05: Trinity Laban Composers at the ICA

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, 7.30pm

Aleksander Szram plays 'Ucluelet' by Douglas Finch as part of an evening concert featuring performances by Trinity Laban composers.

Purchase tickets on the door or via the ICA Box Office.

4 - Trinity Western University, Langley, BC
Improvisation Workshop and Piano Masterclass

Trinity Western University, Langley, BC

An improvisation workshop and piano masterclass led by Douglas Finch.

January

30 - Barnett Hall, UBC
PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) Volume 2 CD Release Concert

Barnett Hall, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC, 8pm

Nicole Ge Li (erhu), and Corey Hamm (piano) perform 'Chorale-Threnody' by Douglas Finch, amongst other works.

28 - Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg
Improvisation Workshop

Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, 11.30am-1pm

An improvisation workshop led by Douglas Finch.

25 - Vancouver Showcase Academy, Richmond, BC
Improvisation Workshop

Vancouver Showcase Academy (Aberdeen Centre), 10am-1pm

An improvisation workshop led by Douglas Finch.

25 - Hen and Chickens Theatre, London
Film screening: Back to the Garden

Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, London, N1 2NA, 7pm

The third film in Jon Sanders' trilogy of films - all shot in Kent with a core of the same actors. Music by Douglas Finch.

The director and members of the cast will be attending Q and As after the screening.

Book tickets via Unrestricted View.

18 - Hen and Chickens Theatre, London
Film screening: Late September

Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, London, N1 2NA, 7pm

The second film in Jon Sanders' trilogy of films - all shot in Kent with a core of the same actors. Music by Douglas Finch.

The director and members of the cast will be attending Q and As after the screening.

Book tickets via Unrestricted View.

11 - Hen and Chickens Theatre, London
Film screening: Low Tide

Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, London, N1 2NA, 7pm

The first film in Jon Sanders' trilogy of films - all shot in Kent with a core of the same actors. Music by Douglas Finch.

The director and members of the cast will be attending Q and As after the screening.

Book tickets via Unrestricted View.

December

4 - University of Glasgow Concert Hall, Glasgow
Music and poetry recital

University of Glasgow Concert Hall, 1.10pm

Programme to include: 'Preludes and Afterthoughts - Fantasy-transcriptions on Chopin's Preludes op. 28', performed by Douglas Finch, plus Canadian pianist and author William Aide performing Preludes and other works by Chopin, and reading from his poems.

3 - University of Glasgow
Lecture on composing music for film

University of Glasgow, 5.15pm

Lecture by Douglas Finch on composing film music. All welcome.

November

26 - Reform Club, London
Music and poetry recital

Reform Club, London, 12pm

Programme to include: 'Preludes and Afterthoughts - Fantasy-transcriptions on Chopin's Preludes op. 28', performed by Douglas Finch, plus Canadian pianist and author William Aide performing Preludes and other works by Chopin, and reading from his poems.

12 - Lecture Theatre, Laban, Deptford
A Talk on Film Music

"Between Image and Sound: Finding a Role for Music in Jon Sanders' Films"

Lecture Room, Laban, Deptford, 5.15pm

October

23&24 - Laban Theatre, Deptford
Dance and music collaboration

Laban Theatre, Deptford, 7pm

Bobby Chen and Douglas Finch, in collaboration with Lizzi Kew-Ross (choreographer) and dancers at Laban, perform John White’s First Book of Duets for piano four-hands.

20 - Vortex Jazz Club, London
CD Launch

Launch of the 'Sound Clouds' CD by Douglas Finch (piano), Martin Speake (saxophone)

The evening also includes performances by Oren Marshall (tuba) and Mark Sanders (drummer)

Vortext Jazz Club, 8pm

12 - Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
Piano four-hands concert

Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, 2.45pm

Bobby Chen and Douglas Finch perform 'Moeleilio' by Douglas Finch and music by Mozart, Schubert and John White.

September

24 - Reform Club, London
Two-piano concert

Reform Club, London, 12pm

Bobby Chen and Douglas Finch

Programme to include music by Francis Poulenc and Arnold Griller.

20 - Ulverston Music Festival, Lake District
Improvisation workshop

Ulverston Music Festival, 9.30am-5pm

An improvisation workshop led by Douglas Finch.

13 - Helmsley Arts Centre, North Yorkshire
Piano recital

Helmsley Arts Centre, 7.30pm

Clare Simmonds (piano) performs 'Lyric' by Douglas Finch, plus music by Bach, Froberger, Beethoven, Galvin, Stevenson and Sciarrino.

June

25 - Reform Club, London
Michael Corby's 70th Birthday Concert

Reform Club, London, 12pm

Programme to include 'Fantasy on Themes by Arthur Bliss', performed by Douglas Finch.

24 - Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich
Improvisations at the Inside Out Jazz Festival

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, 1pm

Douglas Finch (piano) and Martin Speake (saxophone)

18 - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London
Recycling the Past Festival

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 7.15pm

Programme to include 'Preludes and Afterthoughts (Fantasy - transcriptions on Chopin's Preludes op. 28)', performed by Douglas Finch.

17 - Bromley Parish Church, Bromley
Piano recital

Bromley Parish Church, 1pm

Tau Wei (piano) performs 'Lyric' by Douglas Finch.

6 - Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich
Piano recital

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, 1pm

Clare Simmonds (piano) performs 'Lyric' by Douglas Finch, plus music by Galvin, Stevenson and Sciarrino.

3 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Piano recital

Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 1pm

Tau Wei (piano) performs 'Lyric' by Douglas Finch.

May

28 - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Screening of the film 'Back to the Garden'

Institute of Contemporary Arts, 8.30pm

A showing of the film, 'Back to the Garden' (2013), directed by Jon Sanders, with music by Douglas Finch.

26 - Wesley's Chapel and Leysian Mission, London
Piano recital

Wesley's Chapel and Leysian Mission, 1pm

Tau Wei (piano) performs 'Lyric' by Douglas Finch.

18 - Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
Piano trio concert

Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, 3pm

The Lycydas Trio perform 'Summer' and 'Fantasy on a Russian Folksong' by Douglas Finch.

11 - Roundhouse, Vancouver
Sound of Dragon Festival

Roundhouse, Vancouver, 7pm

Nicole Li (erhu) and Corey Hamm (piano) perform 'Chorale-Threnody on J.S. Bach's Fugue no. 8, WTC I' by Douglas Finch.

 

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