I'm absolutely delighted to say that DIVISION OF MEMORY has a confirmed released date of OCTOBER 8th 2021 with Navona Records! The album will be available on all major music platforms and retailers.
This project has been essentially 2 years in the making, and the results are absolutely amazing. It has been wonderful working with Thomas Mesa and all the team at PARMA to and I cannot wait to share the final results with you all.
Check out the following links for more information about the project:
Carolina's Jig Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzYQqqcmaKo
Division of Memory Album Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcH1enF99e4
My Artist Page with Navona: https://www.navonarecords.com/artists/lydia-jane-pugh/
After many months of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm delighted to say that my choral pieces 'My Hiding Place' and 'Adiraï' were recorded by The Kühn Choir in Prague on August 31st 2021, kicking off this amazing opportunity for myself and my music. As I did with the Thomas Mesa project (which is reaching it's conclusion very soon as well), I got to listen in and work with the recording team via Zoom and Audiomovers. It's so exciting to be at this creative stage in the project!
I'm so thankful to PARMA and The Kühn Choir for this amazing opportunity, and thank you also to everyone who has supported me thus far for this project. For more details about the project and ways in which you can continue to help and contribute, please go to the recording project page.
I had the great joy of discussing writing music for voices on the lovely podcast Total Choir Resources
You can listen to the episode by following the link below:
'All-Nighter' the musical was a huge success - it was quite unbelievable what we managed to pull together and produce in just a week. And riding on the back of the shows initial success, the writers Laura Simpson and Rickey Long decided to continue to develop the show, and asked us to commit to performing it again at the end of September, this time in the Performing Arts Centre, for a 2-night (and 4-show) run.
The state of the performing arts industry is not great, let's be honest, so to be perhaps the only place in the world right now that can produce live theatre is amazing - not only that, but to be part of the creation of a brand new musical at all is wonderful, and I'm honoured to be involved.
The show runs on Saturday 26th, and Sunday 27th September
- 6pm & 8pm performances
- At the Performing Arts Centre, Guernsey
I was utterly delighted to have been asked my my dear friends Laura Simpson and Rickey Long to perform in their new musical initiative.
With theatres around the world still closed and arts industries in jeopardy, Laura and Rickey took the initiative to write and stage a brand new musical.... in the space of ONE WEEK! No mean feat, which saw a cast of 7 (including myself), a band of 4 and a production team of 3 write, rehearse, produce and bring alive a brand new music, playing to a packed house at the Avril Earl's Dance and Theatre Centre in Guernsey.
It was an amazing event - a live recording of the premiere was filmed and will be posted shortly.
However, this is not the end! The show is still in development, and there are some exciting things on the horizon. For more information, head over to All-Nighter the Musical's website
This year would have marked the 10th Anniversary of Choral Chameleon's Summer Institute; an amazing forum in New York City, who I credit with giving me the huge career surge I have seen in the last few years. Undeterred by the COVID19 pandemic and it's devastating impact on the arts, Choral Chameleon Hosted an online institute this year, which included online interviews/masterclasses with the faculty, performers, and composer/conductor alumni.
I was thrilled to be asked to take part in alumni interview alongside some dear friends.
You can watch in full on Choral Chameleon's Youtube Channel
Despite everything that's going on, the amazing people I get to work with are all still finding ways to push through with optimism and hope for the arts when we return to a sense of normalcy. At the end of 2019 I was commissioned by Choral Chameleon to take part in their project, 'Bigger than my Song', which sees 11 commissioned composers arranging any Top 40 Hit they choose for Choral Chameleon to perform. These performances would then be recorded and remixed by a DJ for a 'choral rave' event
I'm absolutely gutted that this event is on hiatus for the time being, but I am delighted to have been asked to take part in the online interview with artistic director Vince Peterson, as well as 4 other composers involved in the project
Here's the full interview on Choral Chameleon's Youtube Channel - and if you're in a rush, jump to 25' to hear me talk a little bit about getting to write for Choral Chameleon (and for a little moment of comedy delight as well!)
I am delighted by this wonderfully written review by Dan Lis, of my piece 'Carolina's Jig' on his blog site Composers Toolbox.
- Dan has reviewed my work before, having written another great article about 'Vous-lous enne P'tite Goute?', and I'm glad he saw fit to talk so highly of this piece as well
You can read the post by following the link below
It's been a rough few weeks/months in the creative arts world, that's for sure.... but here in Guernsey we have been making the most of it, and there have been some amazing virtual performances (including an Upload Festival), and a true sense of community.
May the 9th is our national holiday, Liberation Day, and this year should have been a huge celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the the Channel Islands liberation from occupying forces - 3/4's of a century of freedom. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, sadly, these celebrations have been massively affected, with all the large-scale events cancelled, and islands told to stay home.
But no fear! Music is still here, and I'm delighted to say I have been invited to be involved in many ways!
The first is as a composer, where two of my pieces which were written about the occupation and evacuation of the Channel Islands in WW2 will be featured in the section entitled 'Commemorate'; 'Spirits of the Lager Sylt' for Male Voice Choir, and the award-winning 'Adiraï' as performed by the Young New Yorkers Chorus.
And the second, as a singer and leader! In the following section entitled 'Celebrate', myself, my mother and my fiancé will be kicking off the sing-a-long section with 'Sarnia Cherie' and a few well-loved 1940s classics
You can catch the entire live stream, starting at 2.30pm BST (british summer time), by liking the Liberation 75 page (link below), where the stream will be hosted from (or you can catch it again later I'm sure!)
If you don't think you'll make the live stream, you can follow the link below to my soundcloud page to hear 'Spirits of the Lager Sylt' and 'Adiraï' fpr yourselves
Who would have thought we'd be here? We are certainly living in unprecedented times at the moment - the Coronavirus Pandemic has caused huge disruption to travel, and cancellations and postponements of live music concerts, gigs and festivals across the world, and sadly, Divisions of Memory was also affected by this all. At present, the concert is on hiatus, and will be rescheduled for later in the year.
CEO Bob Lord and the whole team at PARMA Recordings have been amazing in keeping me informed about the situation, and their optimism is keeping me hopeful about the continuation of the project once everything has calmed down.
In the meantime, you can still listen to the piece by watching the promo video, recorded during the live studio recording session at Mount Vernon Studios in New York.