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Vocal High - performances this weekend [Nov 2016]
26th & 27th November - our choir Vocal High will be performing at the Turning on of the Lights, Pershore (26th) and the Victorian Street Market, Worcester (27th) - at 2.30 both times. A mixture of Christmas / seasonal / bonkers repertoire! Great rehearsals this week - here's a picture from last night, in Worcester. Check out www.vocalhigh.weebly.com
Aphelion in Nottn'm [Oct '16]
Paula and I gave a concert at St. Peters, in my old stomping ground Nottingham, on 29th October. The programme included Paula's quartet 'Excelsa Voces' presenting the first performance of my composition 'Pied Beauty', an SSSA setting of the poem by G.M.Hopkins, as well as performing vocal music by Ola Gjeilo and Gavin Bryars (my MA mentor from1996-97). Paula and I also gave a rendition of Django Bates 'Horses in Rain' and Vivaldi's 'Cum Dederit' and I played solo piano music by Nils Frahm, David Myers, Debussy and Tony Banks ('Firth of Fifth') plus the 1st movement of my Suite 6. Our host said: "Thank you so much once again to you all for coming to perform, and for presenting such a fascinating and beautifully-devised programme. Do come again!"
Cello & Piano gigs coming in 2017
I'm working with the wonderful Tom McMahon, the cellist who played with us at 'Towards The Within' in May. Our new repertoire includes music by Arvo Part, Joby Talbot, Olivier Messaien, Witold Lutoslawski and yours truly...gigs coming up in the new year.
'Solar' - live improvised soundtrack proves to be 'mindmelting' [Oct 2016]
Had a great night on 9th October playing at the Stratford Picture House. Good friend and fabbo musician Tom Angell invited me to play with his 'fuzzrock' band 'Goskino' (Tom plus drummer Greg McLeod) at the 'Acoustheque' night. Andi Chamberlain, host of 'Acoustheque' puts it this way: "Goskino - came along this evening with a plan and a lot of equipment, a projector and an idea... a live soundscape of the solar telescopes exploratory footage of the Sun. What transpired was an epic 40 minute experimental jazz session, live soundtracking a video no one in the band had seen before. With the wonderful Mr Chris Long on keys - it was a mind bending, soulful exploration of music, image and imagination. Totally incredible. Absolutely improvised. A true Acoustheque first".
A selection from Chris's Youtube channel:
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SATURDAY 18th JUNE Fab day today at the Three Counties Show - the debut performance of Vocal High, plus great singing by The Evesham U3A choir. What a blast!
RIVERSFEST! 1st JULY
Preparations continue for what promises to be a fantastic day of music! For information, go to www.vocalhigh.weebly.com
THURSDAY 9th JUNE: Great rehearsal today for RIVERSFEST at Croome Court - the children of the Rivers Academy will be singing my new song 'Mr Capability'. This has been commissioned by the National Trust to celebrate the 300th birthday of Capability Brown. Sounding good so far!
SATURDAY 28th MAY: 'TOWARDS THE WITHIN' The long-awaited concert at Pershore Abbey was a great success - over 300 people attended (including Robert Fripp and Toyah!) to hear fantastic performances from all involved - Excelsa Voces, Voice7, Tom McMahon, Adam Juckes, Ben Ray... And amazing lighting design by Crispin from PF Productions.
MONDAY 22nd: 'VENICE'
More composing: commissioned accompaniments (for sonnets written by D.J) completed today...