Music

Music has always been important to me, even when it's been a part-time activity.

I taught myself guitar and wrote and performed songs in my twenties. In my thirties I learned to read music and play the violin and joined first the East London Late Starters Orchestra, a splendid organisation that still goes strong, and then CoMA (Contemporary Music for All), which enables musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music.

I started composing, and had some success.

Currently I am playing bass guitar, singing and songwriting with The Moors and Afrit Nebula in Hastings – both bands co-founded by Elaine Edwards and me (The Moors) and Elaine, Jamie Harris and me (Afrit Nebula). The video below was made by Mark French and features music by Afrit Nebula.



Compositions


  • Compositions for The Moors and Afrit Nebula – see the respective sites.
  • Four Simultaneous Movements for mixed ensemble, premiered by COMA Sussex at the opening of Brighton Library, 2006.
  • Co-writer (with Alan Taylor, Ann Wolff + 2 others) of the opera To the Edge, premiered at the Steiner Theatre, London, November 2004.
  • Spiral Music - incidental music for Fanny Howe's poem "Spiral", published with collages by Tom Raworth, Artery Editions, 2004.
  • Text for John Tilbury piece for piano, voice & electronics: There's something in there, premiered at Leeds Town Hall, July 2003.
  • Ornettology (for string quartet) - selected by SPNM for performance by the Sorrel Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival, July 1997.
  • Bruised Rationals (text/music piece, for speaker and large ensemble), 1996.
  • Molecule III for small mixed ensemble, 1996 (a 2013 realisation of this is here).

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