An imaginary pilgrimage and a unicorn

Here’s a beautiful post from my wonderful former St Hilda’s colleague, Dr Kathryne Beebe. Katy has been working on Felix Fabri’s accounts of his pilgrimages to the Holy Land in the 1480s. His day-by-day accounts were read by enclosed nuns so that they might make an ‘imaginary pilgrimage’ to Jerusalem and beyond without leaving their cloisters. Katy and I had a wonderful time putting together text, images and music for a performance to illustrate the real and imagined journeys, which…

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London, UK. 03.10.2017. English Touring Opera presents the first UK production of the 1744 version of Dardanus, at the Hackney Empire, before touring to Oxford, Buxton, Saffron Walden, Snape and Exeter.  This production is directed by Douglas Rintoul, conducted by Jonathan Williams, with design by Cordelia Chisholm and lighting design by Mark Howland. The cast is: Anthony Gregory (Dardanus), Galina Averina (Iphise), Grant Doyle (Teucer), Timothy Nelson (Antenor), Frederick Long (Ismenor), Alessandro Fisher (Arcas), Katy Thomson (Phrygian Woman), Eleanor Penfold (Venus), Mikel Uskola (countertenor chorus), Edward Jowle (baritone chorus). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Rameau’s Dardanus at ETO – ‘A remarkable work, shot through with grace and magic’

Here are some responses to the recent production of Dardanus which I was fortunate to conduct for English Touring Opera. I’m thrilled that director Douglas Rintoul’s hugely intelligent, musically sensitive and sincere interpretation of the libretto has been so widely appreciated. It’s completely changed the way I think about Rameau’s librettos and opened up new avenues of research to follow in 2018. I can’t wait to work with him again…! Tim Ashley, The Guardian “Comparatively unfamiliar to UK audiences, Dardanus…

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Top 5 soundtrack success for Horizon Zero Dawn

Classic FM’s Jessica Curry thinks very highly of the Horizon Zero Dawn soundtrack – it’s in her TOP 5 of 2017! Here’s what she says: “I think this game is going to sweep the BAFTAs and every other awards – and I think the music is too. It’s fantastic, it doesn’t overwhelm the game it just tells a story really beautifully.” Thank you Jessica… 🙂

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A 5-star Times Review for Les fêtes d’Hébé!

April 2017. Thank you Richard Morrison for your wonderful 5 star review in The Times (7 April). Your kind words about our performance are much appreciated…! “What a blissfully shallow, sensual, surprising soufflé of a show…This charming production – wittily staged, vividly designed and meticulously choreographed by Thomas Lebrun – perfectly captured the inconsequential élan of the original….The voices were young, but stylishly deployed, and in the pit Jonathan Williams encouraged spirited playing from the RCM Baroque Orchestra. Hébé must…

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Horizon Zero Dawn is out!

HORIZON ZERO DAWN, Sony’s new blockbuster PS4 video game, is here! And I can at last say that I am lucky enough to have composed some of the fabulous soundtrack! Invited by lead composer and old friend Joris de Man, I wrote and recorded the four choral tracks during the summer of 2016. Three are for men’s voices and are sung by the Mesa City priests during their sun worship rituals, and the fourth is for the three female singers at…

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Iridiana at Christ Church

December 2016. Thank you Revd John Paton for inviting Consort Iridiana to Christ Church on Thursday, not only to sing in the Cathedral but to join you for dinner in the sumptuous surroundings of Christ Church’s dining hall. To be able to sing Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Missa Brevis as part of the Eucharist is one of the highlights of the year. Special thanks go to everyone who made our visit possible, and to Rachel Wick (harp) and Will Wallace (organ) for coming to…

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