Recent Projects - 2015
December 2015/January 2016:
Alun has just completed his first Pantomime Season featuring in all 57 performances of Jack and the Beanstalk at Newport's Riverfront Theatre with the Hiss & Boo Company .
Alun played Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice with the RCM Philharmonic Orchestral under the baton of Michael Seal. The concert celebrated a 150 years since the birth of French composer Paul Dukas, and featured the work made famous by the 1940 Walt Disney animated film Fantasia.
Alun appeared with Box9 Drumline pitch-side in the pre-match entertainment for the two Rugby World Cup 2015 semi-finals played at Twickenham over the weekend of 24th and 25th October and then the Final on 30th October.
Alun was the timpanist for the RCM Chamber Orchestra collaboration project with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The project featured Beethoven's Symphony No 2 and involved an intensive set of rehearsals led by Clara Andrada de la Calle, Mats Zetterqvist and John Chimes culminating in a concert led by Mats Zetterqvist, Chamber Orchestra of Europe principal second violin.
Alan played with the Kantanti Ensemble in their autumn concert series under their regular conductor Lee Reynolds at St Alphege Church, Greenwich and St John sub Castro, Lewes. The programme featured Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from Westside Story, Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Marquez's Danzon #2 and Gershwin's I Got Rhythm.
Alun was involved in a recording session with other members of Box9 Drumline and composer Charlotte Harding at Air Studios for Imagem Music.
Alun went on tour with Box9 Drumline to the Edinburgh Fringe Music Festival.
Alun performed with Box9 Drumline at PeteFest in Bodle Street Green, Surrey. A Festival of music created to celebrate the life and works of Pete Handley, former graduate of the RCM and founder member of Box9 Drumline.
Alun led the RCM's own drumline "REDHOCKS" in the 5th Annual RCM Percussion Festival. They played Blackfire Percussion's Blackfire arranged by Pete Handley and supported guest artist Robert Marino of the United States Army Field Band, Washington, D.C. in a snare drum solo.
Alun led the RCM's own drumline "REDHOCKS" in the RCM Percussion Showcase. They played Blackfire Percussion's Blackfire arranged by Pete Handley, and solo'd Chocolate Cherry Bomb by Nick Werth on the tenor drums.
Alun performed as part of the RCM Opera Orchestra in Benjamin Britten's comic opera Albert Herring at the RCM Britten Theatre. Michael Rosewell conducted.
Alun performed the following programme at his BMUS year 4 final recital:
◊Blue Motion by Stephen Whibley accompanied by Richard Cartlidge. The multi-percussion piece was commissioned by Maraca2 percussion duo and American percussion specialist Jim Casella and is essentially a fusion of minimalism with jazz and latin harmonies and rhythms.
◊Hard-boiled Capitalism and the Day Mr Friedman noticed that Google is a verb by Ben Wahlund . This work for solo vibraphone was premiered by Michael Truesdell during a solo recital at the Nancy Zeltsman festival in 2009. The composer was inspired at the time of the launch of Google and reflected "that the simplicity of graduated bars is so often overlooked, much like the fundamental concept of living within one's means - a lesson long overdue for much of America".
◊Cameleon by Eric Sammut. This piece is considered to be one of Eric Sammut's more serious, ambitious solo pieces with deeper harmonic and melodic content.
◊Blackfire by Blackfire Percussion arr. by Pete Handley, including solos items Chocolate Cherry Bomb by Nick Werth and Tribute by Jeff Queen. A set for drum corps, Blackfire is a combination of intense grooves linked with exciting stick tricks and choreography. Nick Werth was the Percussive Arts Society's multi-tenor drum solo champion from 2000-2002 and this piece was named Chocolate Cherry Bomb, after the syllabic rhythm of the main groove. Tribute is considered to be one of the greatest marching solos ever written, having won first place at both the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and Drum Corps International competitions of 1994 and 1995.
Alun performed a unique arrangement by Victor Derevianko of Shostakovich's Symphony no 15 with RCM professors Thomas Carroll, Ashley Wass and violinist Matthew Trusler in the Professor's Concert "Trio Apaches" alongside fellow RCM percussionists Louise Goodwin and Richard Cartlidge.
Alan played timpani with the Kantanti Ensemble in their spring concert series under their regular conductor Lee Reynolds at St Alphege Church, Greenwich and St John sub Castro, Lewes. The programme featured Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 (Georg Michael Grau, piano) and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, 'Pastoral'.
Alun played timpani with the Kantanti Ensemble, under their conductor Lee Reynolds, at Brighton Royal Pavilion. This special concert, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day and formed part of 2015's Music of our Time festival, consisted of Mozart's Piano Concerto K466 featuring Martin Bartlett (BBC Young Musician of the Year) and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, 'Pathétique'.
Alun played Timpani with Kantanti Ensemble under their conductor Lee Reynolds at St Alphege Church, Greenwich and St John sub Castro, Lewes. The programme included Liadov's The Enchanted Lake, Strauss's Four Last Songs (Natasha Jouhl, soprano), and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (Beatrice Philips, violin).
Alun played timpani with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, under the world renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. The programme included Berlioz's Overture from Le Carnival romain op 9, Chopin's Piano Concerto no 2 in F minor op 21, and Debussy's La mer.
Alun had another opportunity of playing under the world renowned conductor Jac van Steen when was principal percussionist with the RCM Symphony Orchestra in their spring concert at the the Royal Festival Hall, London. The demanding programme included:
L Boulanger: Marche gaie (world premiere)
Koechlin: Selections from Les heures persanes
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring