There are now 5 composers (me, Phil Tudor, Sam Hilton, Peter Clarke, Joe Travers) who have written brand new pieces for chamber choir and we are now aiming for a 'sharing' (less intimidating than calling it a performance) in February 2017. A complete mish-mash of styles. A first for most of us. Exciting to be getting there finally!
It's been, like, forever and I've obsessed about Wife Swap (a-ma-zing) and John Oliver (love him) and FLDS documentaries (no words) and most recently, 'Breaking Amish' but it's time I took a listen to something new instead of these distractions. So, the new album is Metallica's 5th studio album 'Metallica'. I think it's going to be good. I think I like his voice but I could be mistaking him with someone else. The album's from 1991 so I am SURE I will recognise stuff from my h
I spent a happy morning with a former Katterwall vocal student who, since leaving us studied in NZ, appeared in a professional production of Hairspray and is days away from starting an MA in Musical Theatre in London. So great to hear her, see how she's grown, learn from her (mostly new shows to take a listen to - snooze and you miss a lot it seems) and most wonderfully, give her the contacts of former Katterwall teachers who are back in London at the Musical Theatre coalface
Tallis Vocalis is back rehearsing and I'm i.c. the 'old stuff' including: St John Passion for 8 voices by Jacobus Gallus Carniolus (a.k.a. Jacob(us) Handl, Jacob(us) Händl, Jacob(us) Gallus. This is a man with more names than strictly necessary but, he wrote an interesting Passion, that excitingly for me, hasn't been recorded yet, so for the first time, I'm preparing a piece totally blind (deaf?). It was uncovered by the Tallis Scholar's Peter Phillips whilst browsing in a mu
Johanna Basford is a genius and I am a little bit in love with her Lost Ocean postcard series. Postcards work so well - there's no pressure to finish the entire colouring book, plus you don't battle with a stubborn spine of a well-bound book whilst trying to get to the fiddly middle bits (left-handers and chequebook stubs is not a match made in heaven either). So, I've invested in some Nice Pens and a Magnifying Lamp to ensure that my new hobby doesn't wind up making me blin
I've started learning the harp. It's pretty much a lifetime ambition and it's every bit as wonderful as I'd hoped. What were the chances that DB would have its very own professional harpist prepared to take me on as a student? Slim to none, but luckily for me, the slim = 1 and that's all I need! So, I am renting a lever harp, as opposed to a pedal harp. The main differences between the two types are 1) a lever harp can only play up to 5 sharps or flats and 2) about HK$150,000