Iridiana at Christ Church

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 our year. Special thanks go to everyone who made our visit possible, and to Rachel Wick (harp) and Will Wallace (organ) for coming to making music…

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Jauchzet, frohlocket!

Rejoice indeed! And many congratulations to Ealing Choral Society’s 100 singers for a wonderful performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on Saturday. Thank you Sinfonia Britannica (and especially leader Miles Golding and manager Philippa Brownsword) and thank you lovely soloists for coming to make music in Ealing and for inspiring us to new heights. What a fabulous way to start the festive season…!

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Rameau in Trondheim

Thank you Martin and Erik at Trondheim Barokk for inviting me to create the scores of three new Rameau suites! It was a great privilege to hear you make music with Hervé Nicquet and Anders Dahlin at the two excellent concerts in Trondheim’s Vår Frue Kirke and Oslo’s Universitetets aula. A busy few days but managed a little bit of sightseeing too!  

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Handel, all singing and dancing…

Thank you Sue Jones and Dansox for the opportunity to speak at this event on Handel’s extraordinary L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. What a treat to explore Mark Morris’ choreography, Milton’s text and Handel’s music with such brilliant colleagues as Stephanie Jordan (Roehampton) and Dr Margaret Kean (St Hilda’s). I’ll be programming this wonderful piece as soon as possible…    

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Rameau world-première recording

Very excited that our world-première recording of Rameau’s Anacreon (the one of 1754) is out this month. It’s the first studio recording of a Rameau opera in the UK for 30 years! Thank you Stephen Carpenter and the OAE; Anna, Agustin and Matthew for singing so wonderfully; Andrew, Claire and Matt and all the Signum team; and all the modern-day Ramistes whose generous support has helped make it happen. An important landmark – 4 stars ‘Debussy conducted a version of Rameau’s…

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The Greenpeace Suite

Save the Arctic: a new suite for Greenpeace Throughout August, supporters of Greenpeace UK performed a brand new piece of music – Requiem for Arctic Ice – to highlight the threat to the Arctic environment and the growing movement that is fighting to protect it. However, these performances were slightly different. Rather than arrive with a banner, the musicians arrived at the office doors of the Shell oil company, bow to the staff in the building, and then take their…

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