On May 11th and 12th Ballet Cymru will be performing a new ballet to my score for Cinderella. I have been working on a version with live instruments and also revising the version which will accompany the company on their national tour (see www.welshballet.co.uk for a complete list of dates and venues). With a new set and costumes I am very much looking forward to seeing the production and working with the musicians on the night!
Tin Shed Theatre Co. have recently been awarded Arts Council Wales funding to support a five week period of practical exploration, developing their ongoing project, Moby Dick On The Transporter Bridge, in Pillgwenlly, Newport. As part of this I was brought in to work with their cast to write a sea shanty and a sea hymn. We were able to create these works in the morning and I will be watching closely to see the fruits of this exciting R & D process. It’s a great feeling to work collaboratively!
A project in which I scored ballet dancers live has recently been released. The aim of Dance Unstuck (danceunstuck.co.uk) is to explore to what degree a ‘universal’ approach (informed by Universal Design of Instruction) and teaching methodologies developed for inclusive technique classes could be applied to the highly codified genre of ballet, thereby making it accessible to a wider diversity of dancers. The way of working was totally new to me as I was asked to compose as the dancers danced. This is such a worthy project and I am very grateful to have been asked to take part.
I was very heartened to hear that CoMA have begun rehearsals on my new piece ‘Hummingbird’. It will be premiered in a concert in March this year and I will post more information about this as soon as I can. This piece will also be heard in arrangement for London Music Masters for their learner groups, more details to follow.
The music I created by manipulating the BBC NOW recording of Satie’s ‘Parade’ can be heard in the televised version of this production. You will only have a few weeks to view it so the link is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09f469j/parade
Sunday marked the final performance of P.A.R.A.D.E., and what an enjoyable journey it has been. We were featured in the Guardian too (click here for the link), where Judith Mackrell describes my manipulation of the original score as a ‘rich clamour’ (I am assuming rather presumptuously that this is a compliment!). It was such a great experience to be a part of this project and I look forward to November when it will be aired on BBC4 – more updates to follow!
On Tuesday afternoon this week I made my Wigmore Hall debut with my piece ‘Three After-Dinner Pieces’ performed by Peter Moore and Richard Uttley. The concert was a great event and I will be lucky enough to share the video recording of the concert with you when it becomes available. The concert was well attended and it was a pleasure to be able to be a part of it.
Ahead of tomorrow’s premiere of ‘Three After-Dinner Pieces’ in Bristol, I spoke with Robert Hugill, and the resulting interview can be found here: http://www.planethugill.com/2017/09/electro-acoustic-music-trombones-cheese.html
It was lovely talking with Robert about the piece and I think the interview comes across very well!
Next Wednesday 27th September I have my new piece ‘Three After-Dinner Pieces’ premiering in Bristol in Colston Hall (1.05pm). Here is an article about the piece from BBC Music Mag, and above it a picture of Peter Moore (photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas). I am super excited about the piece and hope to be able to share it with you soon (tickets are available from: http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/petern-moore-richard-uttley).
Tonight I listened to BBC NOW recording Satie’s ‘Parade’, conducted by Martin Yates. I will be using the recording as the basis for a new work written for Marc Rees and National Dance Company Wales. I will be posting much more about this event over the next few weeks and this recording session marks the start of a lot of studio work for me! The first performances are on the 24th and 25th of October in the WMC in Cardiff with performances in Pontio, Bangor shortly afterwards.