I was delighted to be selected to take part in the Jam on the Marsh composing scheme, writing for the world-renowned Voces8 ensemble, with guidance from Paul Mealor. My first draft sketch was workshopped alongside those of 5 other composers in the beautiful church of St Leonard, Hythe, (whose crypt incidentally houses the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient human skulls and bones in Britain) and we were treated to a wonderful concert by Voces8 that evening as part of JAM festival.
I am using text from Lemm Sissay’s poem “Gold from the Stone”, a poem about the yearning for home and sense of belonging. I am now developing the piece and the completed 6 compositions will be performed by Voces8 in a concert at St Bride’s Fleet Street in October.
There’s another chance to watch the beautiful films made for St Magnus International Festival. I thought they were the best examples of online concerts I’d seen during the pandemic period, as you really get a feel of the venue and of Orkney!
The tickets per concert are now only £2.50 and you can watch my string trio Green Deva, which is included in the Hebrides Ensemble’s performance at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
I am delighted that the Hebrides Ensemble will perform the world premiere of my string trio, Green Deva, at St Magnus Catherdral, Kirkwall, Orkney, for St Magnus International Festival. The concert will be recorded and made available online as part of the festival’s Midsummer Nights strand. I am very excited to be part of a programme that includes Judith Weir, Alasdair Nicolson, Sally Beamish, Maxwell Davies and Britten.
It was lovely to be included in Mark Kermode’s ‘highlights of the year’ Scala Radio show for International Women’s Day, alongside a great bunch of composers, with a cue from the documentary feature March for Dignity.
Selected cues from my score to March for Dignity, the feature documentary by John Eames, is available now to download or stream. Thanks to musicians Richard Curran, Leo Sutherfield and Sam Ewens and to score mixing and mastering Rich Aitken.
It was lovely to have another piece of my music played on Radio 3 Night Tracks the other evening – Tracing a Line from Cosima Spender’s documentary Phyllida. The show is available on BBC Sounds for a month and presenter Hannah Peel has also included the track in a Spotify playlist from the show. Tracing a Line features electronics, violin and prepared piano.