"...stylish virtuosity, nuanced and expressive in the Forqueray, more moving yet in a reflective wisp of Marais."

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In C with Nils Frahm & Stargaze, Berlin Volksbühne

In C with Nils Frahm & Stargaze, Berlin Volksbühne

| Saturday, 15 February 2014 | 0 Comments

Last night, Stargaze did another kickass performance of Terry Riley’s In C, this time with Nils Frahm at the Volksbühne as part of Stargaze’s 3-day festival. This time was totally different than last time. We were way more structured and in a completely different tempo zone. Nils had some strong ideas, but also gave us a lot […]

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Solo sets at Cross Linx Festival

Solo sets at Cross Linx Festival

| Monday, 10 February 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve just returned from a fantastic four days at Cross Linx Festival in the Netherlands, doing a programme of old and very new music for solo viol. Cross Linx is a wonderful event that’s kind of a contemporary music festival structured like a pop festival, or vice versa. Big acts included Ólafur Arnalds, José Gonzales […]

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New Video: Ferrabosco lessons for lyra viol

New Video: Ferrabosco lessons for lyra viol

| Monday, 2 December 2013 | 0 Comments

Ferrabosco: Two Corants for lyra viol (fhfhf) Filmed in London in March 2013, this is an excerpt from a short film by Samuel Dowd. Read more about this project here. This is the first recording I’ve made on my gorgeous new 6-string bass by Marc Soubeyran since it was finished in November 2012. This repertoire is exactly […]

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Fretwork North America Tour, 1-19 November

Fretwork North America Tour, 1-19 November

| Thursday, 28 November 2013 | 0 Comments

We’ve just returned from nearly three weeks on the road in North America. The programme was all of Dowland’s Lachrimae with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny (pictured here practising, while I’m doing emails in the background….). We also did a wonderful Gibbons programme in New York with John Scott and the choir of St Thomas Church, which […]

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Ferrabosco lyra viol film ‘Corants’ premieres in Berlin

Ferrabosco lyra viol film ‘Corants’ premieres in Berlin

| Saturday, 26 October 2013 | 1 Comment

One fun thing that happened this spring was that I got to collaborate with the filmmaker Samuel Dowd. He makes beautiful things using an old French hand-held 16mm camera from the 1960′s, and his idea was to create a sort of portrait of me and the instrument. The film starts in my apartment, warming up, […]

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‘In C’ at the Barbican with Stargaze, Matthew Herbert and the Joshua Light Show

‘In C’ at the Barbican with Stargaze, Matthew Herbert and the Joshua Light Show

| Saturday, 12 October 2013 | 1 Comment

This was definitely one of the coolest gigs I’ve done so far. André de Ridder asked me to join his new pan-European contemporary music collective Stargaze for a performance of In C that was a collaboration with both the English electronic musician Matthew Hebert and the legendary American psychedelic visualists that are the Joshua Light […]

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The Sixteen: Pȩkiel Album Released

The Sixteen: Pȩkiel Album Released

| Monday, 30 September 2013 | 0 Comments

Bartłomiej Pȩkiel is not someone who gets out much. But it’s actually gorgeous music, and it was a great pleasure to record these pieces with The Sixteen under Eamonn Dougan. There are just a few of the larger works with viol parts, and it’s that wonderful kind of North German style of writing where small […]

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Studio time

Studio time

| Monday, 23 September 2013 | 0 Comments

This month I’ve been spending quite a lot of time in beautiful recording studios. First it was a day at Le Fresnoy in Lille doing voice recording for a film by Anouk De Clercq with music by Scanner, then my viols and I spent a week at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik working with Valgeir Sigurðsson, […]

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Bedroom Community night in Geneva

Bedroom Community night in Geneva

| Thursday, 5 September 2013 | 0 Comments

Nadia Sirota, Paul Corley, Valgeir Sigurðsson and I gave a concert in Geneva as part of the fabulous La Bâtie festival. It was a mixture of pieces by various Bedroom Community composers, and also 16th century composer Ricardo Rognoni’s diminutions reimagined by Valgeir and me. Super fun concert, and someone took this rather spooky picture.

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You Us We All premieres in Hamburg

You Us We All premieres in Hamburg

| Tuesday, 20 August 2013 | 0 Comments

This past weekend was the premiere of Shara Worden’s unbelievably beautiful new work You Us We All. It’s basically a Jacobean court masque in form, with a brilliant libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak. Four singers, one actor and an ensemble of ten musicians with no conductor. It is actually one of the most beautiful things I’ve […]

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RNIB Composition Summer School at Handel House

RNIB Composition Summer School at Handel House

| Sunday, 11 August 2013 | 0 Comments

This week I had the incredible honour of working with four extremely talented young composers participating in the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s Composition Summer School at the Handel House museum. It was a workshop led by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, who is composer in residence at Handel House. The four composers were Richard Hyman, Jordan […]

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Concert Review: Forqueray in Edinburgh

Concert Review: Forqueray in Edinburgh

| Saturday, 10 August 2013 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday I gave a Forqueray recital at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh with the harpsichordist Ricardo Barros. We each played a suite and some bits and pieces, and we got to use the museum’s marvellous crow-quilled Taskin original for the concert (which thankfully solved all potential balance issues before they even started!). It somehow managed to […]

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Skibbereen Arts Festival with Valgeir Sigurðsson

Skibbereen Arts Festival with Valgeir Sigurðsson

| Monday, 5 August 2013 | 0 Comments

Valgeir and I just had a wonderful time playing at the Skibbereen Arts Festival, a really magical thing that happens every summer in West Cork. It was in a church with great natural acoustics and lots of subwoofers, so we were happy on many levels. The unexpected highlight was a lock-in at the local pub […]

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Dartington International Summer School

Dartington International Summer School

| Friday, 2 August 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s a sunny Friday afternoon and I’m lying in the grass with a negroni about to listen to a gamelan performance, as one does. Or at least, as one does in Dartington. Week one is coming to a close and it’s been loads of fun (apart from the soul-destroyingly bad canteen food). Fretwork played Lawes […]

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Amherst Early Music Festival

Amherst Early Music Festival

| Tuesday, 23 July 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ve just come home from a wonderful week of playing, teaching, beach jams and lobster rolls at the magical Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, CT. The focus this year was English music, with particular attention paid to musical life in Oxford in the 16th and 17th centuries. Mary Springfels gave a brilliant lecture […]

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Fretwork and Carolyn Sampson, Wigmore Hall

Fretwork and Carolyn Sampson, Wigmore Hall

| Sunday, 23 June 2013 | 0 Comments

Last night was almost all of the Byrd consort music and loads of the songs with the wonderful Carolyn Sampson. One of my favourite Fretwork concerts so far!

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Phantasm & Iestyn Davies at Aldeburgh

Phantasm & Iestyn Davies at Aldeburgh

| Thursday, 20 June 2013 | 0 Comments

Today I have the great pleasure of joining the viol consort Phantasm with countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny in a programme of Dowland songs and dances in the Blythburgh Church as part of the Aldeburgh Festival. Iestyn is, as one might expect, sounding incredible. And this building has an absolutely amazing acoustic. I […]

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You Us We All

You Us We All

| Friday, 31 May 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ve been in Antwerp for the past ten days workshopping a fabulous new piece with Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) and the Belgian ensemble BOX, who specialise in playing new music on old instruments. Obviously we had a wonderful time. The piece, You Us We All, is a masque with a new libretto by […]

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A Scream and an Outrage

A Scream and an Outrage

| Sunday, 12 May 2013 | 0 Comments

Nico Muhly’s weekend festival at the Barbican is happening right now and it’s outrageous. So much good music, some of it easily beautiful and uplifting and other bits challenging and intense. Last night So Percussion got an audience of drunk people clapping in 3 against 4. How cool is that? I have been dronemaking on the […]

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Fretwork: Dowland in Reading

Fretwork: Dowland in Reading

| Tuesday, 9 April 2013 | 0 Comments

We did another lovely performance of the entire Dowland Lachrimae with Liz Kenney, and it got a good review in the Guardian!

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