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David Arditti is a composer of music in the European Classical idiom. His works include vocal, orchestral, choral, brass band, wind band, piano, and chamber music, plus scores for film and video. He also plays the piano, accompanies and conducts. He can be commissioned to write music for any group, and also for film or other media.

Concert by the London Myriad Ensemble on 17 February 2017

The London Myriad Ensemble will be performing a new arrangement for wind quintet (flute, oboes, clarinet, horn, bassoon) of my Fantasia on a West-country Tune (Op. 36a) in a concert of new music for wind organised by London Composers Forum (of which I am the Vice-Chair).

The concert is on Friday 17 February 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church, High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SN. Tickets are £12 or £10 in advance (call 07765 147324).

Fantasia on a West-Country Tune is available in two brass quartet versions: either 2 cornets, tenor horn and euphonium (brass band transpositions), or 2 trumpets in Bb, horn in F and tuba (orchestral transpositions) from Music for Brass. Any enquiries about this wind quintet version to me.

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Marta rag recorded by Neil Crossland

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I wrote this piece this year in the style (both musical and graphical) of the ‘classic’ ragtime of the early 1900s (though I think it still bears a few of my personal stylistic trademarks). It exists in both a solo and four hands version, and I have performed both versions a few times, the duet version with the dedicatee, Marta Mitchell.

The amazing Neil Crossland has now made this recording of the solo version. I hope you enjoy it. (Copyright in the recording is Neil Crossland’s. Copyright in the music is mine.)

Free concert 17 June

This concert at St Mary’s Church, Putney, London, will feature the first public performance of Marha: A grand concert rag. I’ll be playing this new composition of mine with Marta Mitchell, dedicatee and Polish virtuoso of the piano, which will hopefully provide a good finale to the concert.

London Composers Forum returns to St. Mary's Parish Church, High Street, Putney for the first of two free Friday lunchtime concerts on 17 June at 1pm. 

Musical Moments brings together new music by composers based in the capital and covers a range of accessible styles from traditional to contemporary. This first concert features pieces for solo piano as well as piano duos with the flute, saxophone and cello. The programme includes an improvisation by Mark Pampel, who has built a notable reputation as solo pianist despite being registered blind. Other works in the programme include a sonata for flute and piano, a grand concert rag for piano and a light-hearted, romantic Pas de Deux for cello and piano. 

The concert will last about an hour. It's a great opportunity to wind down at the end of the week and prepare for the weekend with music that is fresh, stimulating, varied and free. Many of the composers will be present in person and there is the chance to meet and talk to them about their music.

St. Mary's Church has a wealth of history, dating back to the late 15th century. Adjoining the church is a café – the Putney Pantry – offering snacks, drinks, refreshments and light meals in a relaxed setting. Do come along for lunch or a coffee and stay on to enjoy an hour of music by some of London's liveliest musicians and composers.

Entry to the concert is entirely free, but we hope that what you will have heard will inspire you to make a generous donation as you leave.

The second concert will take place at the church at 1pm on 1 July.

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