Stuck In The Mud at LLAWN02

llawn The performers and creative team have already arrived in North Wales, prior to this weekend’s performances of ‘Stuck In The Mud’. The performances will begin in Llandudno train station at 11.45am and 2.45pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will be completely FREE! I will share more pictures of the festival in the next few weeks, but in the meantime click on the picture to check out the LLAWN02 website.

New Commission for 2015!

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I am very pleased to announce that next year I will be writing a new ballet for Ballet Cymru. It will be a re-telling of the story ‘Cinderella’, in a style that is under development at the moment. I look forward to working with Darius James and Amy Doughty on this project and creating a new score for this magical and iconic story. This new work will be premiered in May 2015, and I will be posting more information about the progress of this project as it occurs (now, where did I put my keys to the pumpkin?)…

Stuck In The Swansea Mud

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Yesterday I visited the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea to watch the first performance of the new Welsh tour of ‘Stuck In The Mud’. It was a great experience and well attended as part of the Dance Days festival. I have put two new clips on the Youtube page attached to this site. Click on the quick-link tab to Youtube above, on the right hand side, to watch.

Exhibition in Google Cultural Institute

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This week saw the launch of the fantastic exhibition of new UK composers in the Google Cultural Institute. Click on the photo above to be taken directly to the site to experience it for yourself.

Welsh tour of ‘Stuck In The Mud’ begins!…

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I am very much looking forward to seeing the first site’s performance of ‘SITM’ this weekend in Swansea. This journey began last year with GDance, Ballet Cymru, the fantastic choreographer Marc Brew and many others. I will post some pictures next week, and if you are free this weekend come along to the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Shows are FREE to attend, at 11.45am and 2.20pm this weekend, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July. Hope to see you there!

Visit to Umeå, European Capital of Culture 2014

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From the 16th of June to the 19th I was in Umeå, Sweden.  During 2014 Umeå is the European Capital of Culture. The European Choral Festival, which was held here, invited the SICC (South Iceland Chamber Choir) to perform.  The choir are pictured above performing ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ in the Opera House in Umeå.  This concert was recorded for the Swedish classical music station P2, and required a short break to accommodate moving the microphones to capture this unconventional piece.  The audience responded well to both the choir and their choice of programme.  The festival was very well organised and the staff were helpful and friendly.  Most of the choirs were being hosted in the same hotel, so after the concerts the spontaneous entertainment often included bar-side sing-alongs!  It was a pleasure to attend such a welcoming event.

‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ in Salisbury

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Earlier this week I watched my piece ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ being performed in Salisbury Arts Festival. This was the very first time in the UK that the piece had been performed with the movement designed in the score. The choir performed so brilliantly that according to the review in the Telegraph, some audience members were moved to tears! If you click on the image above you can read the full article written in the Telegraph.

Cathedral Waters

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Here are a few images of the South Iceland Chamber Choir rehearsing in Salisbury Cathedral prior to Monday evening’s concert. This concert marked the very first time the movement score of ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ had been enacted in a UK venue.

Melting the ice…

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Last year’s performance of ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ by the SICC was very well received. The passing of Sir John Tavener, in the same week as the concert premiering this work, meant that all involved wished to pay their musical respects to him and his family. In this context, I felt that the movement part of this piece needed to be temporarily omitted. I journeyed back to Iceland last week to work with the choir on this element of the score. The top photo (credit: Brian FitzGibbon) shows the choir rehearsing in Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik. This is where the Icelandic premiere of the work was given in the Reykjavik Arts Festival on 24th May 2014. I will be posting a video of the choir during our preliminary rehearsals, and subsequent performances to my You Tube channel very soon.

Working with the Pinquins

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I have recently returned from Oslo, working with the Pinquins percussion trio. We spent our time working out instrumentation for my new piece ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. The piece will be developed around a Norwegian folk tale of the same title. The Pinquins’ workshop was a treasure chest of percussive toys, including a really cool ‘Waldteufel’ and a set of tuned goblets (top, above). We also experimented with synchronising hits from coins being thrown onto a snare drum. This action will have metaphorical significance in the piece, so keep updated for how all these strands will be worked together! The Pinquins were fantastic company and I am very excited about the piece we will create together.

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