New year, new website

As Candlemas approaches and Christmas officially draws to a close, the memories of the festive excesses fade. Despite these January blues, I am pleased to have achieved at least one of my resolutions; to create the website which you are currently viewing!

As you will see while you explore, the site offers an insight into who I am and a background into the projects I am currently involved in. This news page, which I intend to update at regular intervals (another resolution which will have to be monitored), will hopefully provide a more informal insight into these projects, as well as let you know about the other ensembles I sing with.

The Hyperion Conductus Project continues to gather momentum as we prepare for the first live performance on the 10 July 2012 as part of the York Early Music Festival. This will also coincide with the release of the first Hyperion recording. John Potter and I will be singing in the beautiful surroundings of All Saints’ Church on the Harewood House estate. Some of the images which form part of Mick Lynch‘s film that will accompany the performances were captured in this space and look breathtaking. John, Mick and I met this weekend to have our photos taken for the publicity material which will inevitably be produced to promote this project. For further details, please visit the projects page.

Although the name of the Gombert Project is yet to be decided, musical progress is being made. Cara Curran, Steve Potter and I met before Christmas to experiment with pieces by Gombert, Ockeghem and Josquin. The programme is centred around pieces written as homages to composers of previous generations know as Deplorations (hence the working title). Cara and I have picked out voice parts which are comfortable and interesting to sing (though not necessarily those for Mezzo or Tenor) while Steve uses the remaining written parts as a basis for improvisation. Steve is also working on a new set of solo piano interludes which will be interspersed through the programme and draw on the ideas already expressed. We anticipate that performances will last about an hour and would be ideal as a lunchtime recital or a late night, candlelit concert. The venue does need to provide a piano, though this need not be in a concert hall; we are always keen to explore quirky spaces. For further details, please contact me.

While I was a student at the University of York, I was a founding member of a vocal quartet which became known as No No Nigella. Although we have not sung together for many years, a decade seems a large milestone to pass without celebration. I have recently been in touch with the group’s original bass, Gwydion Tomos and we are plotting a reunion, so watch this space!

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