I was recently commissioned to arrange 3 works for opera singers and Birmingham Sinfonia. I really enjoyed the challenge. Here’s a wee snippet (not the best recording quality but you get an idea):
many hands make light work is a piece about sharing the load. props to all musicians involved; loz, anton and james. thanks to cheryl at grand union and the grubby mitts for asking me to be the support act. for its first incarnation we did well in such a short space of time and yay we […]
I have been asked to compose string arrangements for Lizzie Emeh’s new LP. I thought I’d find this quite easy as my compositions tend to be quite melodic, oh how naive of me! So as the stress levels have increased (writer’s block) – I decided to take a day off working on the tracks, start […]
I am pleased to announce that Sound and Music have agreed to fund a pilot music project based in Bham neighbourhoods called for-wards. More details and website to come… Exciting and very busy times indeed!
(Photographer Vanley Burke with curator Ian Sergeant) ‘X’ was revolution no. 20, under the Free School events curated by Ian Sergeant. It was inspired by an intriguing, enthralling and what John L. Williams calls a tragicomic story of black political activist Michael X. Initially Ian Sergeant wanted a performance inspired by black British politics in the […]
Photo by Horace Ove Performance happening in a few weeks! Come and support!
This summer I have four composition projects on the go, I have never composed so much in my life! It is great but I can’t wait to have some down time (which means only thinking about one piece at a time… ) It has been a busy summer. Fun with Cancer Patients I […]
What beautiful weather! A year ago, I met a Swedish lady in London (on the bus I think), who said the main reason she decided to stay in the UK was down to the summer of ’76. She told me she had been longing ever since for another glorious summer like that to return. Maybe […]
Thanks to Vicki from Uchenna for thinking of me to compose a dance score for young people based in Andover! The brief was for the piece to be 10 mins long, have a strong pulse and able to fit with wide range of dance styles Uchenna uses as its staple (house, African, voguing).
absolutely shattered, so many places i should be tonight, sleepy, but gonna fight it. i blame the hunt for real-life xlr leads. ended up buying the blimmin’ things online whilst on the bus, was loads quicker, than failed attempt at maplin and hockley repairs shop, apparently the geezer will solder you up any leads you […]
Listen from 10:27 to the end if time is limited, lurve, lurve, lurve John Adams, please be my mentor, i’ll bake for you! I’ll propose to you on the 29th!! Lol! Don’t tell the wife. Developed the ‘Push and Pull’ ting some more. Quite like where it’s going, getting darker, a real challenge today considering […]
A new year, new year’s resolutions, brand new second hand you, new diaries, new socks. Instead of resolutions I have made some determinations (kind of similar) but the process is habitual (twice daily in fact), and I am winning, I’ll share a few. They are: Respect for all life (including my own) Respect for money Create […]