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

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Bedroom Community at Iceland Airwaves

Bedroom Community at Iceland Airwaves

| Wednesday, 19 November 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve just had the most wonderful 36 hours in Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves festival. In keeping with tradition, each year Bedroom Community curates a series of performances in the hipster bar Kaffibarinn, and I had the immense pleasure of playing a solo set there on Friday night. It was Marais, Hume, Abel, Muhly and Finnis. It […]

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Eric Lamb and James McVinnie at the Swiss Church

Eric Lamb and James McVinnie at the Swiss Church

| Monday, 13 October 2014 | 0 Comments

After a roaring good time at the Union Chapel with Oliver Coates, James McVinnie and I went downtown to the Swiss Church to play a kind of Abendmusik concert with the flutist Eric Lamb from Vienna. This was unamplified and involved me and Eric hanging out of the organ loft in true Buxtehudian fashion. I […]

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Union Chapel with Oliver Coates and James McVinnie

Union Chapel with Oliver Coates and James McVinnie

| Monday, 13 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Yesterday I got to play a truly fabulous concert in a beautiful space with two of my favourite musicians, Oliver Coates and James McVinnie. We did about two hours of all our favourite pieces, some alone and some together. I played Forqueray with Olly, and had an incredible time playing Rognoni diminutions with Jamie wailing […]

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Recording in Reykjavik

Recording in Reykjavik

| Thursday, 2 October 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m back at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik with my good friend Valgeir Sigurðsson. We’re finishing recording all the viol bits from his piece Wide Slumber and also beginning to work on some new things together. We’re taking apart some old pieces of music from Marais to Mozart and putting them back together in some bizarre but delightful […]

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Phantasm in Oxford

Phantasm in Oxford

| Saturday, 20 September 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m back at my old stomping ground, Magdalen College Oxford, to play two short concerts with Phantasm and the college choir. It’s Ward and Gibbons. So glorious to be back in this chapel where I spent so many hours rehearsing years ago. I never tire of how beautiful this window looks with this chandelier.

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Opera Erratica for the Metropolitan Museum

Opera Erratica for the Metropolitan Museum

| Friday, 19 September 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m very excited to be taking part in a new project with Opera Erratica called Celestina, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Basically it’s an installation piece in a courtyard with 10 sculptures, each of which will have its own speaker channel. It’s scored for ten singers and me (because one statue is […]

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Totnes Early Music with Arngeir Hauksson

Totnes Early Music with Arngeir Hauksson

| Saturday, 13 September 2014 | 0 Comments

Arngeir and I are in St Mary’s Church tonight in Totnes, doing a programme of weird and esoteric early Italian and Spanish instrumental music. It’s lots of viola bastarda settings, as well as some chansons and deliciously wacky pieces of Agricola. I love it when concert promoters specifically ask for the unusual, and Totnes is fearless on […]

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Telemann Paris Quartets

Telemann Paris Quartets

| Sunday, 7 September 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve just finished a series of concerts of Telemann’s Paris Quartets and other chamber music with Tom Foster, Laura Piras and Julia Kuhn. We played at Handel House and Fenton House (whose gorgeous bathroom window is pictured here) in London, as well as in a concert series in the small German town of Haselünne. It’s […]

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Grumbling Fur at Corsica Studios

Grumbling Fur at Corsica Studios

| Monday, 11 August 2014 | 0 Comments

Daniel Pioro (of London Contemporary Orchestra) and I are going to be playing tomorrow with psychedelic folk band Grumbling Fur at Corsica Studios in Elephant and Castle. It’s to launch their gorgeous new album Preternaturals, which you can listen to here. They are great guys and great musicians and this feels like the beginning of something […]

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Bel Ayre in Normandy and Ghent

Bel Ayre in Normandy and Ghent

| Sunday, 20 July 2014 | 0 Comments

I am in Honfleur, Normandy with my dear friends in the trio Bel Ayre. They’ve invited a few other people to joint them in this fabulous programme called Adieu Anvers, which chronicles the journey of some musicians from Antwerp to Italy in the 16th century. It’s been incredibly fun playing old music with these guys, because […]

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Collaboration with Martin Parker

Collaboration with Martin Parker

| Thursday, 17 July 2014 | 0 Comments

I am back in Edinburgh again doing some recordings with electronic musician Martin Parker. He and I started working together via BBC’s Late Junction, and it was the beginning of a really fascinating project. This time we’re doing some multi-multi-microphone recordings of old music and new sounds, as well as traipsing around Edinburgh recording pieces […]

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Early Italian Opera in Vadstena

Early Italian Opera in Vadstena

| Monday, 7 July 2014 | 0 Comments

Tonight’s concert venue is a beautiful medieval nun’s dormitory at the Abbey in Vadstena, a lakeside town in central Sweden. We’re doing a selection of arias from Scarlatti and Cesti and others, with Swedish soprano Annastina Malm and one of my favourite harpsichordists ever, Brice Sailly. It’s sunny and warm and we’ve been swimming and […]

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Dunedin Consort: Cantatas for the Soul

Dunedin Consort: Cantatas for the Soul

| Thursday, 26 June 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve just finished two glorious concerts with the Dunedin Consort and Iestyn Davies, one at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh and the other at Wigmore Hall in London. It was mostly Bach, with a little JCF Bach – that amazing cantata “Ach! daß ich Wassers g’nug hätte”. I was there for the JCF and Brandenburg […]

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You Us We All at Holland Festival

You Us We All at Holland Festival

| Tuesday, 24 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: Red Hot + Bach

New Album: Red Hot + Bach

| Tuesday, 17 June 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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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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