The Battle of Loos (25th September 1915) in Northern France had particular resonance for the people of Dundee. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with award-winning traditional band Dallahan, transcribing and orchestrating their poignant song The Listening Post, which was performed by the band along with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Dundee Symphony Orchestra. Click here for more information.
12 Sep 2015
Happy Birthday Perth Concert Hall!
A concert of musicals to celebrate Horsecross, Perth's concert hall involved my having to re-score some of the big musical hits, all to be playable by the same size orchestra! All great fun really!
Festival Chamber Music
It's always a treat to play chamber music and during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 15) I played two tremendous recitals with Sheena Jardine, violin. Elgar's Violin Sonata was the main piece in the programme which also featured Tartini and Copland.
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.
29 May 2015
Belfast Philharmonic Choir 140th birthday Gala Concert
I had the pleasure of conducting Belfast Philharmonic Choir's 140th season grand finale at the end of May, 2015 with a Gala Concert in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, accompanied by the fantastic Ulster Orchestra. The highlight was the world premiere of James Whitbourn's The Seven Heavens, telling the story of the life and times of C. S. Lewis.
Planning a Blessing of Pets service...?
Having ironed out a few 'unplayable' bars, my fun Toccata in the French style on 'How much is that doggy in the window', heard recently in St John's, Edinburgh, is ready to be unleashed on the wider world! Interested? Contact me for a sample.
I'd like to share a few highlights of my work so far this year. For upcoming events click here.