Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hermit Songs @ Southwark Cathedral

This is a post in my other guise - as a pianist. I will be accompanying Eleanor Rastall (soprano) at Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday 10th October at 3.15 in a performance of Samuel Barber's beautiful Hermit Songs as well as arias by Handel and my own realisation of the 16th-century carol, Upon my Lap my Sovereign Sits. We'll also be doing a preview recital of the same material at St Magnus-the-Martyr in the City of London (just round the corner from Monument Tube) next Thursday (5th) at 1.05. These concerts are part of an ongoing recital series promoted by Concert Bites, Eleanor's own company - check out her website for more info about these concerts and other musical services that she offers: www.concertbites.co.uk

The myspace page is now set up with some tracks so do go and have a listen.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Myspace Launch

I've now managed to get myself a page on myspace. At the moment, there's nothing on there that can't be found here...much less in fact, but before long, I'll upload some music onto there.

In the meantime the myspace page is http://www.myspace.com/109967603 - I gather I can get a name instead of a number, but haven't figured that out yet. Getting there though...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

...rounded with a sleep

...rounded with a sleep is my latest work, composed for orchestra, and inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest. It receives its first performance by the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra on Friday September the 22nd at 4.15 in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. At the bargain price of free admission.

This post is also to advertise the Royal Academy Graduate Showcase at the same venue on Monday, October 9th at 7.30. This is a chance to get a taster of this year's graduating composers' music, and will feature 10-minute spotlights on each of us. Performing at this will be members of the 2005/6 Year Out Drama Company performing my setting of Shakespeare's 130th Sonnet, My Mistress Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun and an excerpt from my song cycle It was only the Angels who Sang. Word on the street is there will be booze at this event too...

Friday, September 01, 2006

First Autumn Update

It's been a while since an update - and sadly a number of events have been and gone - this won't happen again. Been up in Edinburgh with the Year Out Drama Company as Musical Director for their annual Fringe show. This year, we put on The Tempest - a 40-minute devised retelling of the story, complete with physical theatre, live music and dance.

The next event will be on Friday, the 22nd September at the Royal Academy of Music. This will be the premiere of my new piece for full symphony orchestra. Times are to be confirmed so I'll post these up as soon as I know them.

A date for the diary in February: Sarah Moule (soprano) and Alice de Ville (Mezzo) are performing at St John Smith Square on the 8th February. This is a big charity event in support of the Cancer Vaccine Institute. This concert, entitled Notes on Love will feature the world premiere of a new cycle of eight 1-miute songs on the theme of love. These new piece mark my first collaboration with poet Adam Goodyer since our song cycle It was only the Angels who Sang was first performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields last December. You can check out information about the concert here as well as our website www.notesonlove.com, which should be online very soon.

More concert details to follow.