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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:
L a t e s t N e w s. . .
Excelsa Voces @Guild Chapel
11th May - a wonderful concert with Excelsa Voces [www.excelsavoces.com] at the Guild Chapel. A very appreciative audience of c.50, and a fabulous review for the Stratford Herald -
From 'Oklahoma' to the Celestial vaults...
30th April 2018: Just finished a successful week at the Palace Theatre, Redditch with SOS and their enthusiastic production of 'Oklahoma'. Now limbering up for 2 exciting Excelsa Voces gigs: St Saviour's Church, Tetbury, on Friday 4th May, and the Guild Chapel in Stratford on Friday 11th. Guest artists -Tom McMahon (cello) and Emma Whitcroft (flute). Don't miss these unique and unforgettable concerts!
Robert Fripp's 'Pie Jesu' and Excelsa Voces concerts - May 2018
Exciting times ahead as rehearsals and preparations for the Excelsa Voces performances continue. Gigs in Tetbury and Stratford in May, and then the premiere of Fripp & Keeling's 'Pie Jesu' at Edinburgh Festival and Tewkesbury later in the summer. Read about it at www.excelsavoces.com and on the King Crimson website - www.dgmlive.com/news/Pie%20Jesu%20performed
'From the Tyne To the Delta' - cello / piano recital- March 23rd
A great night was had last Friday at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester: Tom and I presented the debut of our folk-inspired programme, 'From the Tyne to the Delta', to a lovely appreciative audience. Fave moments for me included 'The Burren No 1', a piano piece penned by me in 1989 (imagine that!); the Vaughan Williams '6 Studies'; Joby Talbot's 'February'; and Tom's stonking encore, 'Julie-O'. We're hoping to get more gigs for this show before the year is out - watch this space.
Tewkesbury Abbey - First Excelsa Voces concert of 2018!
March 9th - today Excelsa Voces, plus yours truly & our good friend Tom McMahon (cello), presented a taster of 'Musica Celestis' in the Abbey at Tewkesbury. What an incredible place to make music, and what a privelege to be there doing it. To an audience of c.70 we presented a programme of early & contemporary music which was very well recieved! More gigs coming in May, and work on the Robert Fripp / Andrew Keeling soundscape 'Pie Jesu' is well underway too: exciting times. I'm also preparing for the recital with Tom in Worcester (23rd March) which is a fantastic programme of traditonal-music inspired pieces from a variety of cultures - including a fantastic blues by American composer Carter Pann, gamelan-inspired music by Lou Harrison, English folksong arrangements by Vaughan Williams and Yours Truly, and more...
There's also the prospect of doing a live film soundtrack in Berlin later this year with fantabulous improviser (and long-time collaborator) Hilary Jeffrey, who operates the Tromboscillator... yes please to that.
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...