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”

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”

Playing with Nine Lives Yoga at the British Yoga Festival

This past weekend I was at the British Yoga Festival accompanying an acroyoga performance by Nine Lives Yoga. I played the Mongolian yoochin, a hammer dulcimer, alongside Anne Malone on hang. Accompanying movement is about as fun as musical performance gets. I’m always on the look out for opportunities to write and play for dance, physical theatre and circus,Continue reading “Playing with Nine Lives Yoga at the British Yoga Festival”

The Holdalls’ Christmas Adventure!

A mysterious force has stolen all the world’s Christmas presents and now it’s up to Teddy to save them. To do this he must befriend a fearsome pirate, recover the Christmas fairy’s wand and track down a terrifying snow monster. Over the last month I’ve been writing, recording and teaching the music for Gomito’s latest show, whichContinue reading “The Holdalls’ Christmas Adventure!”

Karahi

Karahi is a suite for twelve violins (a duodectet, as google informs me) and three voices written for Flora Curzon, who is awesome both generally and in terms of her violin skills. It contains texts from Ming Holden and an anonymous 13th Century Japanese poet, translated by Robert Bower and Earl Miner. I was listeningContinue reading “Karahi”