To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Swindon Recital Series Ed Puddick was commissioned to write a brand new arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue to feature pianist, teacher and accompanist Paul Turner (pictured), who is also the founder and artistic director of the Recital Series. The new work was performed for the first time yesterday at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.
Ed Puddick directed an ensemble made up of soloists who have performed as part of recital series throughout it’s 25 year history. As well as the new Gershwin arrangement, Puddick also conducted a performance of ‘Facade’, William Walton’s historic setting of Edith Sitwell’s poetry. This piece featured the soprano Clare McCaldin.
This special performance also included solo performances by saxophonist Hayley Lambert, who performed Shulhoff’s ‘Hot Sonate’, and Tom Griffiths, who played the Harry James Trumpet Concerto.