After performing with the violinist Leland Chen for Rochdale Music Society (24th March), John Lenehan will be performing in Southampton at Turner Sims with Emma Johnson and more than a hundred recorder players! The event involves children from several local primary schools and a new piece has been specially written by Jonathan Dove.based on “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”.
The following day (29th March) sees John at the Royal College of Music for the official launch of “John Ireland in Chelsea” – a unique five-day Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the English composer.The concerts will be held during June in the churches Ireland worked in during the early part of his life – St. Luke’s and Holy Trinity (both near Sloane Square). John Lenehan will be performing at both the opening and closing concerts. For the private launch John will be playing some piano pieces of Ireland and will also join Julian Lloyd Webber in music from “Evening Song” – their new CD released by Naxos last month. More information about the festival at the Cadogan Hall web site –
Back with Emma Johnson again on Saturday 31st March (without recorders) the duo will perform in the beautiful village of Painswick in Gloucestershire. More info can be found here – http://www.painswickmusicsoc.co.uk/3.html
John Lenehan has recently been interviewed by George Walker of WFIU – Indiana University’s NPR affiliate radio station in America. During the last week of April they will be featuring tracks from the John’s latest recording (featuring John Ireland’s Piano Concerto).
Have you ever wondered where TV producers go to select music to create appropriate moods for their programmes? Well, if it is the sort of programme that does not need a specially composed score then they will turn to one of a few dedicated libraries for such music. In early March John Lenehan was at Angel Studios, London to recorded an album of 21 short piano pieces written by a hand picked team of composers. The project was for EMI Productions library. Although you will never know it, it’s a strong probability that you will be listening to one of these tracks in the near future!
While the UK was covered in snow this February, John Lenehan was busy recreating a classic rendition of the Christmas Carol “Silent Night”. Commissioned by DECCA to reconstruct a missing score for the 1950s recording by Mario Lanza, the result will be heard later in the year in a CD tribute to Mario Lanza performed by Joseph Calleja, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the New London Singers conducted by Stephen Mercurio.