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

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New Album: Red Hot + Bach

New Album: Red Hot + Bach

| Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | 0 Comments

Do you love Bach and/or hate AIDS? Well this is the album for you! The wonderful AIDS charity Red Hot have just released a compilation album containing covers, reworkings and remixes of pieces by ol’ J.S. and I happen to have the pleasure/honour/good fortune to feature on two tracks. Valgeir Sigurðsson and I collaborated on “I […]

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You Us We All at Holland Festival

You Us We All at Holland Festival

| Thursday, 26 June 2014 | 0 Comments

This piece is one of the most beautiful things I have ever done and it just happened again at Holland Festival. It’s a new masque written by Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) with a libretto & design by Andrew Ondrejcak for the awesome Belgian group Baroque Orchestration X. It involves some amazing performers and […]

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New Album: Captain Tobias Hume, a Scottish Soldier

New Album: Captain Tobias Hume, a Scottish Soldier

| Monday, 9 June 2014 | 0 Comments

About a year and a half ago, I had the great pleasure of taking part in a project with the Scottish group Concerto Caledonia, in which we played Tobias Hume’s music with a big group of fun instruments, most of which were sanctioned by the composer in his title page. The others were just too […]

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Wide Slumber in Reykjavik

Wide Slumber in Reykjavik

| Saturday, 17 May 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m in Iceland at the moment working on this brilliant new collaboration between Valgeir Sigurðsson and VaVaVoom Theatre Company. It’s all about butterflies and sleep and it’s scored for electronics, viola da gamba, organs and percussion. It premiers in a week and I could not be more excited. Watch the trailer! Follow @wideslumber on twitter! […]

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Concordia in Madrid

Concordia in Madrid

| Saturday, 17 May 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week I took a few days off from Wide Slumber rehearsals to run down to Madrid to play a programme of all your favourite English viol consort chestnuts with Concordia. I’ve always loved playing with that group because they are wonderfully spontaneous. It’s so very rare and special to have an ensemble made entirely of […]

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Easter Viol School – Sydney

Easter Viol School – Sydney

| Thursday, 24 April 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve just come home from Australia, where I had the honour of being invited as a guest tutor at the AusNZ Viola da Gamba Society’s annual Easter Viol School. It was a wonderfully intense four-day workshop of consorts, lectures and concerts in Sydney. I also went to Melbourne to give a musicology lecture at the […]

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Solo Recital: London Contemporary Orchestra at Limewharf

Solo Recital: London Contemporary Orchestra at Limewharf

| Saturday, 29 March 2014 | 0 Comments

I just played the most fun recital at Limewharf in Hackney, as part of the London Contemporary Orchestra soloists series. It was the UK premier of new pieces by Edmund Finnis and Nico Muhly, and I also had the great pleasure of working with LCO members Daniel Pioro, Oliver Coates and Robert Ames on a mixture of […]

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Burned On the Water – Theatre Royal Bath

Burned On the Water – Theatre Royal Bath

| Saturday, 1 March 2014 | 0 Comments

This weekend, the Theatre Royal in Bath is putting on a double bill of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Antony and Cleopatra. It’s part of Engage, their community theatre project, and both shows are being directed by my friend and familiar collaborator John East. I’ve written and arranged some music, all of which is being performed by the actors. […]

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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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