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L a t e s t N e w s. . .
If Music be the Food of Love...
Monday 13th August: Another very enjoyable lunchtime recital at Holland House, Cropthorne. On the menu: Elgar, Bach, Brubeck, Grieg, Byrd, Bill Evans, Francis Monkman and yours truly. Nice to see they've had the piano tuned - this made a 3-keyboard presentation possible! Here's me (before the audience arrives); next piano recital here: 19th October. See www.hollandhouse.org/
Live Soundtrack - Berlin
9 August: this week in Berlin has been great! Devising, then performing, a live soundtrack to the amazing cult film 'Penda's Fen' (David Rudkin & Alan Clarke), at the Brotsfabrik Kino in Caligariplatz. Lovely to work with old friend Hilary Jeffrey (trombone & electronics) and new friend Gianpaulo Peres (voice): the start of more collaborations, I hope!
Excelsa Voces at Edinburgh Festival
3rd August: 2 concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe - a lunchtime recital with Tom, and then the long-awaited evening event with Excelsa Voces and the premieres of my piece 'Logos', and the Robert Fripp/Andrew Keeling piece 'Pie Jesu'. A great response from the audience and a cracking weekend of music at the Festival. Looking forward to the Tewkesbury Abbey concert!
Treading the boards at Symphony Hall
16th June: Amazing to play for Tarantara in Birmingham Symphony Hall tonight...
VOCAL HIGH gigs coming your way
13th June: The choir are limbering up for our 2 gigs - June 29th and July 13th. They arte both going to be rather special, so get those dates in your diary and check out this rehearsal recording of 'The Rocky Road to Dublin'!
Mr Fripp approves...
7th June: Mr Fripp [King Crimson etc] seems to like the 2 recordings I sent him: a demo we've put together of the first section of 'Pie Jesu', and a recording of the improv from our Guild Chapel concert. Great! - so full steam ahead then, for the September 22nd premiere at Tewksesbury Abbey. Tickets now on sale - www.excelsavoces.com
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.