NEWS

A few highlights of my work in recent months. For upcoming events click here.

Just published!- new arrangements for Piano Duet

5/5/2020

I've working with pianist and composer Christopher Norton- famous for his 'Microjazz' series- and I'm delighted that two books of my arrangements of his 'Connections for Piano' for Piano Duet have just been published! A perfect activity if you have two pianists stuck in the house! You can here some digital sound files of these here

"Exceptional colour of tone" from the Garleton Singers!

8/12/2019

The Garleton Singers, this time accompanied by 5-piece ensemble Aura Brass, Organ and Percussion performed- as usual- to a packed house! Several American works were featured including Walker's Rejoice! Christmas Songs with its "good intonation and clear intricate rhythms" and the gloriously lush Welcome all Wonders by Jay Wilcox. As ever a fantastic festive feast!

A Sparkling Baroque Christmas!

14/12/2019

Edinburgh Bach Choir, accompanied by full professional orchestra were delighted to perform to a large audience for their annual Christmas concert, which this year had a decidedly Baroque theme. Bach's popular Magnificat was a highlight, but smaller delights such as Rutter's Joy to the world 'alla Handel' and some orchestrations of my own including a highly-imaginative combination of Mendelssohn's Hark the herald- to the music of Bach's 3rd orchestral suite!- all brought smiles from performer and audience alike! 

"All the proverbial stops were pulled out!" Saint-Saens 'Organ' Symphony

26/9/2019

I was delighted to be involved in the opening concert of the Ulster Orchestra's 2019-20 season with their new Chief Conductor, Daniele Rustioni, playing the mighty Mulholland Organ in the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Every organist's dream is to play Saint-Saens' famous Organ symphony No.3 in C minor and this was definitely a performance to remember!  You can hear an extract of the famous tune at my Sound files page. 

"A powerful, focused sound" in Mendelssohn's 'Elijah'

6/6/2019

I was delighted to conduct Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the Ulster Orchestra in a fantastic end to the choir's 145th season, with a performance that brought "a sense of excitement each time the choir stood". Elijah, as well as the work that introduced 'the Phil' to the world back in 1874, has always been one of my favourite works and you can read one of the great reviews of the performance in the Ulster Hall here

Seek him that maketh the seven stars- in sparkling style!

I was delighted to obtain permission to orchestrate Jonathan Dove's fantastically atmospheric piece Seek him that maketh the seven stars, and this arrangement received it's premiere as part of Belfast Philharmonic Choir's Gala concert.

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