Last Autumn Leamington Music succeeded in putting on a concert in Holy Trinity in Leamington and The Dream Factory in Warwick – all carefully planned and socially distanced.
Audience arriving at Holy Trinity for the first concert, masked up and sanitising hands
I thought I should make a record of these unusually socially distanced concerts.
Am working on making paintings from these two drawings.
At the Dream Factory, Fitzwilliam String Quartet celebrated Richard Phillips’s 80th birthday with some wonderful music in the very atmospheric venue. two rows of seats surrounded the well lit string quartet in the middle. It was very dark so my drawings were a bit of a scribble.
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Here is my latest video based on the painting I made early in 2020 which was inspired by a performance by Ensemble 360 of Martinu’s Sextet for Winds & Piano which was being recorded by BBC Radio 3 in The Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa.
He stands very straight and still with occasional hand gesture when singing. As I like to draw figures in movement I wondered how to deal with this. Everything comes from inside expressed in his wonderful rich baritone. His voice is full of autumn colours which gave me the palette to use. Decided to paint him facing the audience as he is such a communicator.
As opposed to the occasion in Warwick Hall when he performed Wintereisse with the English translation – Roddy walked, gestured, sat with the audience, on the piano stool back to back with the pianist as he sang. It was an outstanding performance, the standing ovation was well deserved. Nobody wanted to go home!
These are sketchbook drawings, carbon pencil and graphite approx 20cm square
An Enthusiastic Conductor
Jonathan Peter Kenny, conductor of the Old Street Band performing Handel in 2012 in Warwick, gave a good opportunity to study a moving figure. I made the following based on these drawings using the Fresh Paint programme on a Microsoft Surface PC.
The Mellstock Band
Small pen drawings made at a concert in Lord Leycester Hospital Warwick. Combined into one image using Fresh Paint program on a Microsoft Surface to make the following: