PURE SOUNDBATH NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND
I teamed up with award-winning cameraman Chris Lewis 9,000 miles away in Western Australia to recreate my PURE Soundbath for home use! Its available in 3d Binaural sound to immerse you again in the music.
PURE SOUNDBATH WINCHESTER – SOLD OUT
A very big thank you to everyone for coming out to celebrate on Leap Year’s Day. I was delighted that you all took it lying down. This was my view from the desk. Wonderful feedback too, thank you. “I felt as though I’d been on holiday for the three weeks!”
NEW SINGLE RELEASED IN AID OF THE LOTUS FLOWER TRUST
To celebrate their wedding, I put together ‘Confidence’, a special piece with proceeds going to their chosen charity. Its available here in my shop.
NEW SINGLE RELEASED – PIANO, CELLO & MERMAID
Let’s ‘Make Peace With The Future’. The image is by Priscilla du Preez. Its available in my shop.
THREE WINGS – LET’S PLAY IT!
Play clips from all the tracks on the album. Just click on the image above and press the play button at the top!
BURNINING SHED’S THREE WINGS – EXCLUSIVE OFFER
Our good friends at online shop Burning Shed are offering Three Wings CD with a signed piece of sheet music from the recordings with all pre-orders.
NEW ALBUM ‘THREE WINGS’ OUT FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2017 ON WARNER CLASSICS
I’m pleased to share news that the album will be preceded by three singles taken from the new album – ‘Ave Maris Stella’, ‘Sainte Nicholaes Solem’ (feat. 2015 BBC Radio 3 Young Chorister of the Year Angus Benton) and ‘O Filii Et Filiae’ on Friday 13th October. The album will be available for pre-order on the same day. I hope you like it!
WARNER CLASSICS ALBUM DEAL
I’m chuffed to share that I have signed an album deal with Warner. It’ll be based around nine new pieces I recorded with Winchester College’s Quiristers in March, as well as reworks of the best of Three Wings 1 & 2 and the Three Wings 3 that never was. This was in fact the reason why Three Wings 3 was never released and also why 1 & 2 are no longer available. Apologies for that. I hope you will bear with me over the coming months as Warner prepare to release it, sometime in the Autumn of 2017. Subscribe and I’ll let you know the minute I do. Meanwhile, the original Three Wings 1 & 2 CDs are waiting in the cupboard!
A FEW SECRETS……
For those interested in the technical side of music making, I was chuffed to be asked to record all the ins and outs of my sessions with the Qs in the November edition of Sound on Sound. I think I may have given too much away! Just click on the link or image below to download it.
THE TINIEST THING
I was recently asked to contribute an article to Winchester College’s Q News, celebrating the unique foundation that delivered that wonderful sound on ‘Three Wings’. Read it here.
‘DARK GROWS LIGHT’ FILM
We made a long-form film about the making of Three Wings which we hope you enjoy. Watch it here.
‘MELENCOLIA’ BBC RADIO 4 INTERVIEW
My interview on Dr Janina Ramirez’s BBC Radio 4 programme examining artists’ response to Durer’s masterpiece is now available on iPlayer. My bit is toward the end and features a couple of snippets of pieces from my first album ‘Han’. Do check it out, it’s quite interesting and not sad.
DARK GROWS LIGHT
It never fails to amaze me just how convincing the negative half of me can be but every so often, just how easy it can be to mute him. Its been a long, always wing-clipped journey but I am pleased to share with my friends here that I think I may have actually completed my new album (ish).
As you may know, after releasing an instrumental album of big guitars ‘Han’ and a little bit of networking in my local The Wykeham Arms over eighteen months ago, I was invited by Winchester College’s Director of Chapel Music, Malcolm Archer, to record Plainsong (very old chants, single lines of melody, sung a capella) which would be sung by the College’s boy Quiristers (Qs) and to add my own contemporary accompaniment. Its not really been done before. Not like this. We didn’t know if it would work. Well, I didn’t. I hadn’t worked with sacred music before. I hadn’t produced location recordings, ever. I read music very, very slowly. My experience of capably using pro music software, was limited. The Quiristers and Malcolm are world-class. I’d just left a perfectly good job in The City. Out came the negative in me, in stereo and stayed throughout.
The first recording session was exactly a year ago. A second, due to a busy Q performance schedule didn’t take place until October 2015 and as necessarily happens, recorded with a slightly different set of boys, one of whom, the magical Angus Benton, had just picked up the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Award. Here is a video we made.
But it was OK. I have picked up 37,000 views of the video and nearly 3,000 friends on Facebook, from across the World. This weekend, a great weekend, with Engineer Adaq Khan and Malcolm, I’ve finished 13 pieces, although I have a little bit of easy work to do before mastering. And Malcolm likes them, quite a lot I believe. No doubting voices. I’m off to celebrate. Alone, preferably.
Thank you to everyone for their support. I am now, happily, looking forward to releasing the tracks into the wild…….Onwards!