LITTLE FIR TREE, A NEW MUSICAL …

… which was co-written with Megg Nicol (who was also my co-writer on THE DRUMMER BOY OF WATERLOO) is the inspiration for an exciting environmental Project which will be happening in Islington this coming Autumn.

This Project, devised and run by LFT Productions,  and supported by the Woodland Trust, the Garden Classroom, Trees for Cities and Islington Council, involves classes and workshops on tree planting in the inner city, cleansing the air particularly around primary schools.  At its heart is the new musical, LITTLE FIR TREE, about which more soon.

THE NEW CHRONOMETER ALBUM …

… is on the way.  Mastering was completed at Riverrun Studios yesterday and work has begun on the  cover.  (CHRONOMETER covers are always well worth the wait.)  Next is the process of delivery and then the release.  It will be soon.

And there is other interesting news in the offing, which is likely to be announced this week – maybe even tomorrow.

GOOD GRIEF, IT’S …

.. ages since I’ve written here.  And, though I am busy with a few projects, it’s one of those times when there isn’t really any new news to give you.  However, I am very grateful to Peter James at Mountview Academy and his students for useful feedback on a rehearsed reading yesterday of my new show – co-written with Phil Bowen –  YOU, ME AND A PIANO.  This was ably put together by Charlotte Everest and played by Katie Sherrard and Daniel Edlund.  Phil and I have some re-writing to do, but feel that this one certainly has legs.

Meanwhile, work is continuing on some tracks which will make the new CHRONOMETER collection in the spring.  And two other major projects are getting close to fruition (one theatre piece and one concert work) and therefore close to mention in these blogs.

So far I’ve managed to include a graphic in almost every news report, and I hate not to keep up that tradition.  But please forgive me: this time, nothing relevant comes to mind.

IT IS TIME …

… for this year’s downloadable gift.  Regular readers know that at this time of year, instead of news, I offer a present.  As these have from recent years been offered in this NEWS page, and the archive is active, you have a chance to check up on the past few gifts which you may have missed.  I still have some stock left, by the way, so let me know if you have mislaid your elementary particle (2013) or your much needed space (2015).

Anyway, the necessary mind searching has been applied in order this year to deliver something which every one has always wanted – substantial enough to be greatly appreciated (I sincerely hope) yet virtual enough to be streamed in a flash.  And here (below, though magnified) it is:Now, this is not the microzoo (2014) again; nor is it a further specific point of view (2016).  It may resemble those two earlier items in its appearance, but this year’s offering is, in fact, completely other and new.  Having given the ‘ . ’ as a physical object, and the ‘ . ’ as a mental one, we now turn to the spiritual.  For this is a FULL STOP, and – as such – available to you for mindful contemplation or mindfree meditation whenever needed.   Try it right now: you’ll find it most refreshing.

IT’S A BIT EARLY TO SAY FOR SURE …

… but I think that I shall be writing a new concert work (for chamber forces) over the next few months.  I am currently exploring ideas and references about a subject which has interested me for a long while.  There is already some music for this, but I shall need to consider other commitments in my diary before I can be certain of when I shall settle down to such a large-scale undertaking.  This Post’s graphic is an early sketch from my 4th String Quartet and one of the ways it appears in the score.

 

I still expect to be writing some more production music this year, and perhaps even bringing out a new CHRONOMETER set.  Then there is the promotion of a couple of my musicals which are beginning to arouse some interest.  So an interesting time.

BACK FROM A WEEK AWAY …

… with friends in France.  Musical ideas are flooding in.  I’ll keep you posted.

SUMMERTIME …

… and it’s hot. The final mastering of arrangements and new versions of CALIBAN’S ISLAND material will take place tomorrow at Music Sales, and then this particular set is finished. Before I start to think about the next work – well, actually I have started to think about it, but not actually to plan it yet – I have some tidying to do on recent theatre work. Meanwhile, a collection of recent cover images from the ever-imaginative Riverrun.


CALIBAN’S ISLAND …

… is the new CHRONOMETER collection and it will be available for streaming and download from Spotify, iTunes and other outlets by the end of May.  However, it is already available from the shop, where you may also hear some excerpts..

Written together with Michael Hinton, and produced as ever by John Mercer, I am very happy indeed with this album.  It represents an exciting development for CHRONOMETER in its use of rock, jazz, world and new age influences, together with the usual electro-acoustic and contemporary concert elements.

The cover is another stunning image from Riverrun Records.  The music of the six movements of the Suite all come from Caliban’s speech in Act 3, Scene 2 of THE TEMPEST:

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.

 

WE FINISHED MASTERING THE ALBUM …

… earlier this week, and I am now working on some stems, themes and sync versions for library use – these to be mastered at Music Sales next Wednesday.  Riverrun design will no doubt come up with a stunning cover very soon, and then it is full speed ahead to make the recordings available for download and streaming.  The collection is to be titled CALIBAN’S ISLAND.

 

AND, AFTER A FEW DAYS BREAK …

… it is back to the new album.  Michael Hinton will be working here with me for a couple of days this week, and mixing and mastering will be with John Mercer at Riverrun in a couple of weeks’ time.

Our short holiday was in Antwerp, a lovely city.  We particularly enjoyed the Plantin Museum, though the MAS, Rubens’ House and Cathedral were also well worth the visit.  The beer was pretty good, too.