A musical representation of the city or area of the titles as experienced by the composer. The music is drawn from pop, rock, jazz and jazz funk.
Described by the London Times as "one of the most exciting and versatile British conductors of his generation”, Martin Yates made his conducting debut with Bizet’s 'Carmen' at the Israel National Opera aged 24 and has since had a busy career that has included conducting many of Europe’s major symphony orchestras and at many important opera houses including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra and Opera, Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, Royal Swedish Opera House and the Rome Opera. He has appeared with such leading performers as Montserrat Caballe, Bryn Terfel, Barbara Hendricks, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and Yo-Yo Ma and has conducted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo three times. Intending from the outset to pursue a career as a composer, Martin studied with Richard Arnell and Sir John Taverner and has written four string quartets 'LA Beach Music', 'New York Night Music', 'Frisco Bay Music' and 'Nashville, Tennesse'. The ever-popular 'Café Music', a 'Harpsichord Sonatina', 'Divertimento' for oboe, bassoon and double bass and a considerable amount of music involving the flute, most of which was written for the British flautist Anna Noakes. These works include the Sonata 'Fire Island', 'Sonatina 1 and 2', 'Sonata for Flute and Harp' and 'Concerto for Flute, Harp and Strings'. The Guardian described Martin Yates as a composer of confident and engaging music that has a style and colour that is both immediately appealing and rewarding to listen to. Martin has also written several scores for theatre productions including the plays 'Jane Eyre', 'The Woman in White' and 'Dear Octopus', three musicals 'Wuthering Heights', 'The Soap Opera' and 'Nothing Doing Tonight' and later works include 'Brass Quintet' and 'The Promise' for Flute Ensemble. Players as diverse as flautist Anna Noakes, harpist Gillian Tingay, pianist Kathron Sturrock, flautist Emily Beynon, double bass payer Duncan McTeer, soprano Jean Glennon and conductor Kent Nagano have played his music. His very popular arrangements of the two Gershwin classics 'S Wonderful' and 'I Got Rhythm' for horn quartet are played all over the world.
This piece is all about the fun side of country music. Don't Ask is the simple answer to the question asking what happens next. Freedom is a spiritual from the rural state of Tennessee, starting with a lone plaintive cry that becomes a statement of optimism as more people join in. In Pam! Bam! Zonk! the drinking gets a little too much for some, so this movement is a glorious fight.
Written above all to be enjoyed by the players, audiences have shown that they too share that same delight. Both of Mason's string quartets are in four movements which exploit the instruments on equal terms, and both are in a musical language that enables the strings to sing as they should. These two quartets will happily share any programme with music from Haydn to Debussy and beyond.
'Frisco by those in the know is a jewel of a city. The titles of the four movements tell it all - Keeping Ahead of yourself is what you have to do in a city with a glorious past but an uncertain and uneasy present. Light Reflecting from the Bridge seems to warm the whole city, bathing it in a gently reddish hue. Alongside the pathway in one of the city parks is a sand track for horses, and every now and then you see Footprints in the Sand, some are in couples, others alone. The thoughts of those people who are alone touches you, but it is the Time to Be Certain and you regain your beliefs and confidence.