Today we start our community chorus in Maindee Library – 1pm – 4pm Saturday 17th June. The next rehearsal is 1pm – 4pm Saturday 24th June rehearsal at Maindee Library, Newport. On Saturday 1st July performance at Maindee Festival and 12pm – 6pm Sunday 2nd July performance at The Riverfront Theatre. The other legends are coming together for these performances so it will be a great concert!
I have just made the soundtrack to the ballet ‘Cinderella’, which was commissioned by Ballet Cymru, available here. It was such a pleasure to work on music for a whole production and I hope you enjoy listening to it.
This month I am guest editing Sound and Music’s ‘The Sampler’. I have written a blog, edited a playlist, and commissioned content from Hafdis Bjarnadottir and Enrico Bertelli. Go to https://thesampler.org to see more this month’s musical offerings!
I am so thrilled to be able to share a wonderful recording of The South Iceland Chamber Choir performing ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ at their recent concert. I need to say a big thank you to Brian FitzGibbon and Árni Möller for this, in addition to Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, Björg Þórhallsdóttir, and the SICC.
On Tuesday 21st this week, the South Iceland Chamber Choir (or Kammerkór Suðurlands to those fluent in Icelandic) performed my piece Islands/Ynysoedd at a concert in Reykjavik. I believe the concert was to promote a new CD which the choir has just released, more details to follow…
This Saturday my new piece ‘Flutter’ will be performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London. The piece will be part of the concert performed by 350 children from 7 London primary schools. Tickets are free and can be booked on using the link below:
The concert starts at 17.00 and will be my first performance of a piece through the London Music Masters composition award for 2016/2107. I look forward to seeing you there! (photo credit copyright: Morley von Sternberg).
I am delighted to be working with Operasonic (www.operasonic.co.uk) this year on their Newport Legends project. Over the next 12 months, we will be uncovering the legends of Newport working with local young people. Each legends will be transformed into a performance that brings together music, storytelling, design and drama – all the ingredients of opera. I will be working with Polly Graham within the Maindee area of Newport to create some exciting community music! This will be one of four performances in July 2017 in the Riverfront Theatre. I will keep you updated….
My piece for Jordan Mckenzie’s ‘Shame Chorus’ titled ‘Nothing and Everything’ is going to be shown at the B Side Festival on the 10 &11th September and then at the Irish Centre in Camden on the 8th October. Here is the link for B Side: http://b-side.org.uk – check out what’s going on!
I am delighted to have been chosen as one of London Music Masters Composition Award holders for 2016-2017. Full details can be found here: http://www.londonmusicmasters.org/news-and-events/news-archive/london-music-masters-announces-new-award-holders/
Violinist Marc Bouchkov, composer Shiva Feshareki, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and myself will be looking forward to working with LMM and their upcoming projects over the next academic year. I have already been in discussion with their team about commissions for the forthcoming year and want to wish everyone a big congratulations! I’ll post further information about the project as it develops.
I am delighted to announce that my song ‘Nothing and Everything’ will be performed in a new SATB arrangement by the European Queer Choir this year. They are travelling to Denver Festival in Colorado, USA to participate in GALA Choruses from the 2nd-6th July 2016. I have been talking with their Musical Director Aneesa Chaudry, who says she is looking forward to working with the choir on the piece. The event in July is expected to see over 6000 singers participate, so in preparation for this there is also a free preview concert on Sunday 24th April in the Blue Room, Spirit Level at the Southbank Centre in London (I’ve linked the Eventbrite page for this event here). My song was originally written for TTBB performance in Jordan Mckenzie’s ‘Shame Chorus‘ in October last year. I will post more information about the performances as they unfold.
I have just added a recording of the work to my soundcloud page, which is available here: