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Selected for Jam on the Marsh Voces8 scheme

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.

Prepared piano suite played on BBC Radio 3 Night Tracks

Suite for Prepared Piano on Night Tracks

Lovely to hear a piece from my Prepared Piano suite played on Radio 3’s Night Tracks show. Sara Mohr-Pietch played Movement 6, recorded by Kamilla Arku on Tuesday. Listen to the whole set here.

March for Dignity wins Best Feature Documentary at Brighton Rocks Films Festival

Great news that March for Dignity was awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Brighton Rocks Film Festival (shared with No One Uses Typewriters Anymore).

The festival will take place online from 10th-18th August and can be watched here.

Premiere at St Magnus International Festival

Green Deva by Benjamin Creme

I’m thrilled to say that the Hebrides Ensemble will premiere a new work for string trio, Green Deva at St Magnus International Festival in June this year.

I started some sketches for this piece last year, a version of which became a movement in my Approach piano suite. Now I am developing and extending the piece for string trio. Green Deva is inspired by the painting of the same name by my late father, Benjamin Creme and depicts the green devas, or angels in Esoteric philosophy.

The Hebrides Ensemble will perform the trio in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, as part of a varied programme of 20th and 21st century music, including works by Judith Weir and Penderecki.

Recording session for new feature documentary

Fantastic recording session yesterday at Sonica Studios with pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam and guitarist Ned Roberts for several tracks I’ve composed for Jeanie Finlay’s new feature documentary, The Seahorse. Jeanie was so rock n’ roll she flew in and out of Nottingham to lay down some beautiful cello parts. Thanks to Mat and Paul for great engineering.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Jeanie and editor Alice Powell on this excellent film, for Grain Media and BBC.

 

Yshani on piano

 

 

Guitarist Ned

 

Jeanie on cello
Accordion features on the score