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New OrchLab audio playalong for adults with disabilities

October 6, 2020

Really pleased with the LPO’s new OrchLab website, which went live a few weeks ago. The project encourages creative muic-making for adults with disabilities and is a partnership with Drake Music. And a new activity has been added: an audio playalong I’ve created for Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev!

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Creepy Soundtrack!

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September 30, 2020

Produced as part of a summer project with Create working with young carers in Dorset. We had such a fun time creating creepy sounds for this fabulous short film. Many thanks to @jaclyn vu for allowing us to use her film.

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Jellyfish

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September 23, 2020

Playing around with sound and picture….

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Lockdown Sketch

August 10, 2020

I wrote this piece during Lockdown for my great friend, workshop leader and fab tubist Mike Poyser. I wanted to explore what was possible playing together when we can’t be in the same room, so I tried out several techniques which allowed for flexibility and responsiveness between us.  This recording we made over zoom, with […]

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Another Experiment

July 30, 2020

Finished another exploration, this time matching music to different clips of animal footage. Hope you enjoy, and thanks to Joe Steele for a fab sax solo!

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Experimenting with sound and picture

July 23, 2020

During lockdown I bought myself the programme Protools and have been learning/experimenting with it. Here’s a first attempt at doing some sound to picture, using, amongst other things, a waterphone!

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Laptop Lockdown for #SetOperaFree

July 13, 2020

Working remotely with tenor Robin Bailey on an opera aria for #SetOperaFree – a project to create opera through a game of consequences.  The piece is called ‘Third time this week’.  What hasn’t Robin received – and what will other composers create next??

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Bridget Riley/London Sinfonietta

January 15, 2020

From December 2019 I’ve been working with young musicians from Haringey, Waltham Forest and Enfield on a London Sinfonietta project using the art works of Bridget Riley as a starting point.  The results will be arranged for youth orchestra and performed at the South Bank Centre in March!

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Sinbad!

December 20, 2019

In December 2019, classes from Tower Hamlet primary schools created their own Sinbad stories inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov’s piece, Scheherezade.  And then they met the City of London Sinfonia and performed their pieces with full orchestral accompaniment! A great time was had by all!

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Oxford Lieder Festival performance

October 30, 2019

Classes from Europa School and Caldecott Primary school took part in this year’s Oxford Lieder project, using items from the Ashmolean Museum’s Chinese collection as a starting point to create to phenomenal musical stories.  The performed wonderfully at the Ashmolean in October 2019.

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CLS Doggy-ness

May 7, 2019

Recent projects with City of London Sinfonia explored composition with 5-7 year olds based around the music of Bach and his dog (who didn’t even have a name!!). Photo: Suzi Corker for City of London Sinfonia, 2018

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Lost Box of Stories – Performance 13th August

June 28, 2018

The Lost Box of Stories is coming to London as part of the Tete a Tete opera Festival!  It’s a fun, interactive show for familes, with music and storytelling.  There’s also a pre-show song-writing workshop so we can create a song to perform as part of the performance.  For families with children aged 5-11. Workshop […]

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NCO success!

April 20, 2018

The performance of No Place Like …. NCO was a great success at the Anvil, Basingstoke on 15th April. The participants created a great piece and such a polished performance in just 4 days.  Really proud of the hard work they put in and to have been able to facilitate the piece!

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Working with National Children’s Orchestra

April 6, 2018

I’ll be working with the NCO’s under 13s orchestra after Easter creating a piece called ‘No place like …. NCO’.  Our starting points are the players thoughts and feelings about their experiences in NCO. The piece is the orchestra’s response to Kerry Andrew’s No Place Like, part of the BBC’s Ten Pieces repertoire.  We start […]

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The Lost Box of Stories

February 5, 2018

Coming very soon: my new show written with the wonderful story-teller Clare Murphy. This interactive show is for KS2 students tells the story the story of Anansi losing the Sky God’s box of stories.  His adventures are illustrated by Sinfonia Cymru musicians (Violin, Bassoon, French Horn, Harp and Marimba) and are told by myself and […]

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Little Missenden Festival

January 28, 2018

A sharing of work created by KS1 children on this fabulous project takes place 1.30pm, 1st February at Great Missenden Church.  Schools taking part are Great Missenden Primary, Hyde Heath School and Little Missenden School.  Stories of Tigers, super hero Elephants and other creatured of the jungle. The project takes place as part of the […]

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A level seminar

January 28, 2018

On 24th January, I gave an A-level seminar as part of the LPO’ Bright Sparks series of educational events.  It was with live examples played by string orchestra and featured music by Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Bartok and Mozart. Thoroughly enjoyable and hope the students found it interesting! Image: Helena Lovell

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Radio 4 Documentary – Take Flight

October 30, 2017

A documentary about the project Take Flight, for which I wrote the music, is to be broadcast Monday 6th November at 4pm. Or listen later on iplayer – see here or below for the link to the programme page.

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Sydney Project Documentary

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Australian broadcaster ABC has just shown a 22-minute documentary made around a project I ran earlier in the year in Sydney. To watch it, see ‘recent work’ on the home page.   Myself and players from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields worked with very talented young musicians from the Sydney area. Excitingly, […]

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Take Flight Performance

September 24, 2017

Thanks to all the 100 young dancers who took part in Take Flight and especially to choreographer Rachel Attfield – it looked fantastic.  Radio 4 documentary to follow soon!

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Take Flight Video

September 14, 2017

Very excited about Take Flight premiere on Saturday 16th September as part of Hull City of Culture.  Really great video preview video of the piece is now on facebook, to view it click here.  

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Take Flight first performance

September 8, 2017

The first performance of Take Flight, a community ballet, commissioned by Royal Opera House Learning and Participation will take place in Trinity Square, Hull on 16th September at 15.45 and 16.45.  Really looking forward to it, but don’t quite know what to expect! Radio 4 documentary about the piece and it’s development to be broadcast […]

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Best Original Composition nomination

July 1, 2017

My music for Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions has just been shortlisted for a the international Music And Sound Award in the Best Original Composition – Short Film Score category. Winners announced July 13th!

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New Case Study Published

June 1, 2017

My Case Study, commissioned by Sound Connections, Men in Early Years: a Personal Reflection and Study by Music Practitioner John Webb has just been published.  Download it here

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Sydney Opera House

May 17, 2017

Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Sydney Opera House Just finished a highly successful Create, Cultivate, Orchestra project with Academy of St Martin in the Fields, working in Sydney and culminating at the Sydney Opera House. Photo by Ken Leafore, Sydney opera House   Read the article in ABC News here

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Into The Light

December 7, 2016

Into The Light wins 2016 British Composers Award – Education or Community category. Commissioned by Buckinghamshire Music Hub and Aurora Orchestra. Listen to Into the Light (2015) for massed children’s choir, 2000 children and Aurora Orchestra. Conducted at the Royal Albert Hall by the Composer. Part 1 Part 2

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Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions

December 1, 2016

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions (with my music!) is at London International Animation Festival, December 3rd 7pm. www.liaf.org.uk It’s also recently been screened at Encounters Festival in Bristol and London Film Festival. “The music is like Arnold Schönberg on steroids”! – youtube comment

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Create, Cultivate, Orchestrate project

July 27, 2016

Academy of St Martins film on the Create, Cultivate, Orchestrate project from summer 2016 now online!

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