Left Coast

Giddy with a new romance, swaying under a hangover that could have floored a horse and upright only because I lacked the energy to lie down I scribbled a setting of Left Coast by Ming Holden, one of my favourite poets. An hour later I was looking at a dense, spinning score for three violins, threeContinue reading “Left Coast”

New York Pt 3: Dance Performance with SITI Company Conservatory

As I think I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I am quietly obsessed with dance, dancing, dancers and that whole world, so being invited to compose for a new piece by the SITI Company Conservatory had me spinning around the flat like Hugh Grant in 10 Downing Street. Our starting points were an extremely intimate text by Melissa Flower, myContinue reading “New York Pt 3: Dance Performance with SITI Company Conservatory”

New York Pt 2: Wo’Pop with Darek Mazzone and Sam Lee

Click here to hear the session. Trudging up to an unmarked back entrance of a nameless building in central Manhattan, myself and the rest of the band were ushered up service lifts, through winding corridors to our studio, The Cutting Room. The first thing you notice about The Cutting Room is a lack of walls. WhereContinue reading “New York Pt 2: Wo’Pop with Darek Mazzone and Sam Lee”

New York Pt 1: globalFEST 2015 with Sam Lee

Not many people know that I grew up in the United States, largely because not many people ask. If they did, I’d tell them about a picturesque corner of Maryland, all lemonade stands, brunches, yard sales and little league baseball, sort of Desperate Housewives without the deep frustration, violence and barely concealed sexual mischief. At least as farContinue reading “New York Pt 1: globalFEST 2015 with Sam Lee”

Holdalls Update: Sell-Out Run at the Lowry

The Holdalls’ Christmas Adventure (a children’s show I composed and MD’d, previously here) has come to a close after a sell-out run at the gorgeous Lowry theatre up in Manchester. Huge thanks go out to Director Javan Hughes, tireless producer Sam Worboys, everyone at Greenwich Theatre and The Lowry, and the extremely talented cast ofContinue reading “Holdalls Update: Sell-Out Run at the Lowry”

First Look at Tantalus, a new ballet by Three Satyrs

I love dancers. I love the bravery of performing without an instrument to lean on or hide behind, without words to explain what you’re doing or how the audience should feel about it, stepping out as a body in a room full of bodies and making the case that all the other bodies should shutContinue reading “First Look at Tantalus, a new ballet by Three Satyrs”

Daphnis Rising

I’d like to write a little about my new immersive one-hander adventure story, Daphnis Rising. Daphnis is a shepherd boy And all the world he’s ever seen Is seven lush and grassy hills And seven vales between Daphnis isn’t boring per se, just very sheltered. His brother Pan, very much awake to the wilder pleasuresContinue reading “Daphnis Rising”