I'm very honoured to be involved as a conductor in this event honouring the life and legacy of my colleague at Cardiff University, Ken Gloag. Ken was an eminent scholar, whose work on the postmodern in music encompassed studies of contemporary classical music, jazz and popular music. He sadly passed away earlier this year.
The School of Music is presenting a day which includes a symposium, round-table discussions and two concerts on 2 December. In addition to an evening concert by the Cardiff University Jazz Ensemble lead by Huw Warren, the early evening concert will feature contemporary music which Ken studied and wrote about - piano music by Tippett (played by Raymond Clarke), guitar music by Maxwell Davies (played by Christopher Roberts), and two works for small ensemble - Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" suite, and the Michael Daugherty's "Dead Elvis" (for solo bassoon and ensemble). I will conduct these last two pieces with an excellent group of local professional players, some of whom are alumni of both the university and the Contemporary Music Group which I direct.