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Dance Unstuck


I have just finished working on a very worthwhile and interesting project. In partnership with GDance and Ballet Cymru, the fantastic choreographer Jürg Koch was asked to produce a DVD for dance teachers to use as a reference tool for teaching dance to people with movement restrictions. Usually music exists before it is used for choreography, however in this case I was asked to compose as the dancers learned and rehearsed their exercises. This meant that the process was immediate and energising. The dancers (Krystal Lowe, Robbie Moorcroft, Vicky Malin, Suzie Birchwood) were amazing and made me feel very unfit sitting down for most of the day! The DVD is in production now and I will put up more information about it when it is released.

Stuck In The Mud in Cardiff Bay

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On the 27th-28th of September, audiences who attended the performances in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre were able to watch the team’s final adaptation of ‘Stuck In The Mud’. Having appeared previously in Swansea and Llandudno, this venue’s performance was similarly well-attended and warmly received. I have just finished putting videos of the performances onto my Youtube channel, so either click the picture above or use the tab at the top of the screen to be taken directly to the media.

‘Stuck yn y Mwd’ Llawn02!

Last weekend saw the fantastic LLAWN02 Festival, in Llandudno. I have included some pictures of Gdance and Ballet Cymru’s performance of ‘Stuck In The Mud’ (photos copyright: Andy Birchwood). Audiences enjoyed the quality of the dancing and the inclusive nature of the project. The project, imagined by Marc Brew, is one which brings disabled and able-bodied dancers together in creative collaboration, exploring new possibilities of movement and drama. This coming weekend, 27th and 28th September, the production will be coming to Cardiff. Anyone interested in watching this work should make their way down to the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay this weekend. Performances are at 12pm and 3pm and are completely FREE!


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.

Stuck In The Swansea Mud

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.

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!

‘Stuck In The Mud’ arrives in Newport Market

'Stuck In The Mud' arrives in Newport Market

These are a sample of photographs taken from the last production of ‘Stuck In The Mud’ in Gloucester (a larger selection can be found by clicking on the picture). I am very excited about the premiere of this work in Wales. It will be the first time that a large-scale piece has been performed in my home town, so it will be a proud moment indeed! I am looking forward to being able to share the music and incredible performances with everyone. It will be performed on the 12th and 13th November in Newport Market. Productions begin at 4pm and 6pm (audiences will need to arrive half an hour before these times to take full advantage of the journey). Call the box office now to reserve your ticket on 01633 656757.

Stuck In The Mud in Gloucester!


Last week saw the performances of ‘SITM’ in Blackfriar’s Priory, Gloucester. The performances were very well received by the audiences and local media, and it was lovely to receive some very complimentary feedback about the music for this production. The next performance will be in Newport Market on the 12th and 13th of November: it will be great to welcome the performance to Wales! Music for the production can be found using the ‘Commercial Music’ tab above.

‘Stuck In The Mud’ – Hidcote Gardens, July 4th-7th 2013

Here are four pictures from last week’s performance of ‘Stuck In The Mud’ at Hidcote Gardens. It was a pleasure and a privilege working with Marc Brew, GDance and Ballet Cymru on this project. I have uploaded all the music from the project on my ‘commercial music’ section. I look forward to two more performances of this work later in the year

Composing Music to Order



On the morning of Saturday 6th July I will be speaking at a professional development seminar. I am looking forward to meeting the other musicians who will be taking part and introducing my current commission – ‘Stuck In The Mud’. The workshop will be followed by two evening performances of the new dance work at Hidcote Gardens. GDance, Ballet Cymru, choreographer Marc Brew, a talented production crew and fantastic mixture of amateur dancers are working hard to make the performances something very special indeed.

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