After a long, long process of crowd funding, production, and of course delays from COVID, I am so pleased that 'Voices of Earth and Air; Volume 4' has been officially released!
This album off choral music features two of my work, 'My Hiding Place' and 'Adiraï', both of which are internationally award winning pieces, and are possibly my most performed choral works. It has been a dream of mine to have my choral works recorded and released on a commercial album, and today that has finally come. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this album, be it by donating to the crowd funding campaign, or promoting my work on social media, or simply supporting me by telling me you think my work is great! All of you are immensely appreciated
Follow the link below to find out more about the album, and for links to all streaming and purchase platforms
Every now and then a project comes along that blends together all the things that you do into one neat little package…..
I am very excited about being part of Moor Theatre’s production of Hamlet, delving deeper into the world of actor-musicianship (with the most aptly named character, ‘The Player’) and also writing an original piece for the show. Ready, set, creative juices are GO!!
I am delighted to say that I have received a commission for a new work for Baritone Saxophone Duo from the Moira Duo, who found me through the Millennium Composers Initiative.
- The new piece, alongside two other works from two other composers will be premiered sometime in 2023, so watch this space!
You can find out more about MCI and the Moira Duo by following the links below:
What an amazing journey I had in the USA, attending two music festivals, receiving two world premieres and performing alongside some wonderful musicians and composers from all around the world!
The first festival was The Common Tone Music Festival, a week long event that took place in Moscow, Idaho. This was a truly wonderful experience, not only from a professional capacity, but personally. Sitting on a cabin deck in the middle of the woods on the side of a mountain ridge, whilst listening to incredible musicians rehearse new works gave my mind a chance to release all the stresses of the last two years, and I could feel my creativity (which in all honesty has felt muted) returning. Top that all off with wonderful performances in wonderful locations (and an amazing Whiskey Tasting night), it was just a brilliant way to get back into the world of international music making. Thank you Brian Chin and everyone from Common Tone for inviting me to take part!
And then a complete change of pace and location, The Neo Voice Festival took place over 10 days in Los Angeles. This festival had a much more academic basis, with 10hour days of seminars, discussions and rehearsals, and where I was not only a featured composer, but part of the choir, and a featured soloist. Another hugely rewarding experience surrounded by so many talented and hard-working musicians, I am so pleased I was able to make it work and attend this festival as well.
- you can watch the culmination of our hard work, 'The Signified' below:
(My piece; 'Gold and Blue' is at 41'30, and my featured soloist performances are at 21'45, 24'55, and 1'05'45)
After a small delay due to Covid (how used to that are we now eh?), I'm very happy to say that my piece 'Bec du Nez' has now been recorded and premiered by East Chamber Music.
- Performing my work are Casey Granofsky (Flute) and David Vanbiesbrouck (Oboe). Below is the link to the premiere (featuring a little introduction from myself!), and links to Casey and David's websites:
Big thank you to East Chamber Music for selecting me to be part of this. It's an amazing opportunity for any composer looking to push themselves further, explore their writing, or like me just get back in the game!
2022 continues to throw me incredible opportunities. I am delighted that I will be heading off the LA (very shortly after the Common Tone festival in Idaho) to participate in the NEO Voice Festival: a festival featuring singer, composers, and exploring all manners of voice pedagodgy, science, writing and performance techniques.... it's like the festival was designed just for me! I'm so excited!
Not only will I have my commissioned work performed at this festival, I will also be performing in the choral ensemble AND as a featured soloist! An unbelievable opportunity and I'm thrilled to be involved.
For more information have a look as NEO's website below:
Keep and eye (and ear) out for all the updates on my big US music trip 2022!
2022 is shaping up to be a big year for me compositionally! I am thrilled to have been selected as a festival compose for the Common Tone Music Festival in Moscow, Idaho (USA)
- as a composer I will be writing a new piece for the festival ensemble, which will be premiered during the festival week in June 2022. And that means.... I'll be going to America again!!
I am so excited that after what has felt like a huge career hiatus due to the COVID pandemic that I can get back to taking my music around the world and getting back and building the momentum of where my career was going before 2020 happened.
More details to follow, but feel free to check out the festival info, and my artist profile with them:
I am very excited to announce that I have been selected to become a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative. This organisation represents over 100 composers worldwide, and seeks to provide new experiences for audiences, performers, and artists everywhere. I am honoured to be a part of this initiative, and look forward to the next experiences and opportunities this will bring for my work.
Check out my artist page with them below:
I am delighted that I have been selected as a one of the composers for the February edition of East Chamber Music's Composer Festival Series; an online intensive workshop, writing for the 'flavour of the month' instrumentation, which for this coming workshop is Flute and Oboe duet.
Each of our pieces will be workshopped over the weeklong intensive, and premiered and recorded next month, so watch this space!
These last couple of months since the release of 'DIVISION OF MEMORY' have been great, and it's been lovely seeing lots of positive response to both the album, and my piece. Back in November 'Carolina's Jig' was featured on WSMR Radio's show 'Modern Notebook', and most recently I was featured on PARMA Recordings blog 'The Inside Story' - click on the link below to read the blog in full
The album is available through all streaming platforms