On Wednesday night this week I was lucky to be able to make it to the CoMA concert in Bristol. Chris Holley (pictured above) led the ensemble in the beautiful and acoustically generous Victoria rooms in Bristol. They gave very convincing performances over a range of different compositional styles and approaches. Hannah Kendall, Ailís Ní Ríain, and Zöe Martlew also had performances of their pieces written for CoMA which were all very impressive. It was good to hear contributions from Masters composition students from University of Bristol, each of whom had to grapple with the challenges of writing for open-score ensembles.
The SWGMC are performing a piece, ‘Nothing and Everything’, I wrote as part of the ‘Shame Chorus’ a couple of years ago. I went to their rehearsal last week and they are sounding great so make sure you book your tickets soon!
The last performance of this piece was in Birmingham last year, and I am looking forward to this performance by Bristol CoMA. The programme looks great and I am keen to hear Hannah’s and Zoë’s work too! Their concert is on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Victoria Rooms, Bristol, hope to see you there.
Very excited to be able to announce that myself and Côr Aduniad have been selected for one of these CoDI Buddies partnerships. The piece will be quite experimental in nature and I am looking forward to working on it with MD Wayne Beecham and the choir. It will definitely be a new way of performing for the choir and I am very interested in what we find out along the way! Congratulations to all the other successful partnerships too!
This year has been a busy one with the performances of Cinderella, the last of which was at the start of this month. Also, special congratulations to Darius James, director of Ballet Cymru, on his recently announced OBE! Lovely to have been able to work with you this year. It was also very exciting to be asked to judge one of the categories for the British Composer Awards 2018. I hope that 2019 brings health and happiness to you all!
Here’s a link to a recording of my piece for trombone and piano (played by the fantastic Peter Moore and Richard Uttley respectively), just click on the image above . I’ve also put a link to the recording on this page so you can listen without the video if you’d prefer. Hope you enjoy listening to it!
Last evening I was able to attend the postponed CoMA concert from March this year (remember that unseasonal snow!?). The People’s Orchestra, conducted by Dan Watson, were in great form, and they played my piece ‘Hummingbird’ excellently. It was lovely to meet their members and to get to chat about the importance of music-making for everyone. It was also lovely to talk with fellow composers Ailís Ní Ríain and Nigel Osborne, who both had excellent performances too. I believe that a recording was made so I will post it when it becomes available.
The South Iceland Chamber Choir has commissioned me as part of their upcoming concert series ‘Miniature Moments’. The brief was to write a piece for between 5 and 90 seconds, which is much harder than it sounds! On October 6th the choir will board a bus that takes it to different historical locations in its home region. Six short pieces will be performed at each location with the choir facing each cardinal point. I will update you when I have more information but I hope they enjoy performing my piece, and it will probably be the only one in Welsh I guess!
Ballet Cymru has just finished their summer tour of Cinderella. I have just updated my bandcamp page with the new soundtrack so you can download it for free (or choose to pay for it if you’re feeling generous!). Click here to listen and download!
The company will be continuing their tour of this ballet in the Autumn – a full list can be found here – they’ve been getting some really great reviews of the production so make sure you get the chance to see them perform because they are excellent. Photo credits: Sian Trenberth.
I was very privileged to hear the London Gay Men’s Chorus perform my piece ‘Nothing and Everything’ last night at the Cadogan Hall, London. It was a lovely concert programme with lots of successful arrangements, making for a very varied programme indeed. The choir performed the piece very emotionally and I would like to thank all involved for choosing the piece and working on it so well! Best of luck for tonight’s performance!