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Programme Notes

John Woolrich (b. 1954) The Kingdom of Dreams for oboe and piano Landscape with yellow birds The Bavarian Don Giovanni Tale à la Hoffmann Fish Magic A number of different inspirations float in and out of focus in this piece in a dream-like way. I started with the animals Nick Daniel uses as a theme in many of his concerts and moved, by association, to the dream animals of the Swiss painter Paul Klee. Two more Klee paintings – ‘The Bavarian Don Giovanni’ and ‘Tale à la Hoffmann’ – evoked both ETA Hoffmann’s fantasy world and that of his favourite composer. The ghosts of several of the stranger moments from Mozart’s dark opera glide past in the inner movements.

© John Woolrich

Kingdom of Dreams, The

St John's Smith Square (London, United Kingdom)

James Turnbull, Elizabeth Burgess

Kingdom of Dreams, The

No Venue (Leicester, United Kingdom)

Nicholas Daniel

Kingdom of Dreams, The

Kettle's Yard (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Huw Watkins, Nicholas Daniel

Kingdom of Dreams, The

Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom)

student performers

Kingdom of Dreams, The

Kettle's Yard (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Melinda Maxwell (oboe), Stephen Gutman (piano)