This week I’ve felt privileged to be asked to orchestrate a new song by Pete Edwards, of Buckingham-based band the Red Bullets. The song “Sit Tight And Close Your Eyes” will be performed this Saturday in the new Roxburgh Hall at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, as part of a concert in tribute to Keith Templeman who passed away last year. Keith was the landlord at The Mitre pub in Buckingham, and was an experienced amateur musician who had written several string arrangements for the Red Bullets over the years.
This Saturday Pete will be joined by the Buckingham Chamber Orchestra, of which Keith was a founding member. The programme will feature music written by Keith, as well as Pete’s original songs which Keith had arranged strings for, and Pete’s new song including my orchestration.
After a very long development process, Katie’s EP is finally finished and is available on all main digital channels, including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Kate and I had an absolutely fantastic day at Shock and Awe studios in Barnet last Monday, recording with the string quartet to add the final touches to her upcoming EP, ‘Fragments’.
After an incredibly busy summer, Katie’s EP is nearly ready. We’ll be going into the studio on Monday to record my string arrangements on some of the tracks, but Katie has released Doing Time as a teaser for the record.
The track features the talents Hugo Fagandini on drums, Matt Read on bass and Mike Vinaver on guitars, and was engineered by Stevan Krakovic at Shock and Awe Studio – all before I got my hands on it to mix and master (and lay down a tiny bit of organ!).
The first exciting news of 2015 is that plans for Katie Birtill’s upcoming EP are under way. Katie is an old friend, and a fantastic singer, songwriter and actor - she has performed as a vocalist alongside artists such as Elton John, Ray Cooper, Russell Watson and the John Wilson Orchestra, and recently returned from the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. (more…)
Christmas is actually on the way now, and to celebrate I’ve written a short setting of a wintery poem by Walter de la Mare. Once more teaming up with my friends at Fieri Consort, but this time for five voices, the work paints the quietness of a winter’s evening, slowly kindling the glittering sharpness of a moonlit frost. Fieri Consort will première the piece at Brompton Cemetery Chapel on Sunday 14th December, Tickets £15 | £10 | £5
The brilliant Fieri Consort will be giving Cantique des Cantiques III its UK première tomorrow (3rd October) at the Arts by the Sea festival in Bournemouth, at St Peter’s Church @ 7:30pm. The concert also features music by Poulenc, Milhaud, Messiaen and Duruflé - see full details here.
This piece, third in a suite of five pieces (in progress) inspired by Marc Chagall’s collection of the same name, was commissioned and performed by Fieri Consort at the Brisbane Contemporary Church Music Festival in Australia this August.
There’s a screening of my film music coming up – catch “Filmed Up” at The Cornerhouse in Manchester to see Angels in Ancoats, alongside lots of other great shorts.
Last summer I completed the music for this short documentary by fantastic director Becca Luck. The film is a beautiful snapshot into an individual’s search for expression amongst the bleak brickwork of Ancoats in Manchester – you can watch it here.