Today the wonderful new music group The Hermes Experiment - soprano, clarinet, harp and double bass - have released their very first album! It's called Here We Are and showcases an amazing selection of the quartet's repertoire, with music by Emily Hall, Joel Rust, Erollyn Wallen, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Freya Waley-Cohen, Giles Swayne, Anna Meredith, Oliver Leith and me.
The piece of mine featured on the album is a song cycle called Between the war and you, which I wrote for the group to perform at the opening night of the Spitalfields Festival in 2017. In four parts, the piece gives voice to four intertwined characters whose experiences blur the distinction between love and war. The words are by Ben Osborn.
The new album by my genius friend Michael Lovett aka NZCA LINES is out today! It's called Pure Luxury and it's a wonder.
I'm honoured to have contributed some string arrangements (played exquisitely by 12 Ensemble) to such an original and cool record... give it a spin!
Maîtrise de Radio France - Les Chants de Loin
During lockdown I was asked by Morgan Jourdain, co-director of the Maîtrise de Radio France (the French radio children's choir), if I would write a short piece for the young singers stuck at home. I loved the idea, and it resulted in the following little song, called Ponts, which sets a new text by my friend and collaborator Antoine Thiollier.
You can listen to the song below, with a gorgeous video created by Morgane Fougeri. You can also read about my and Antoine's intentions on the France Musique website.
Shards & Isolation Choir - Inside I'll Sing
In these strange times, I am happy to have contributed to this beautiful song written by Kieran Brunt, which is out today.
"Inside I'll Sing" was recorded remotely in the homes of each of the musicians who took part. These include JFDR, Joe Newman of Alt-J, Douglas Dare, Ana Silvera, Nico Muhly and many others. The gorgeous video was made by Fiona Jane Burgess.
All proceeds from the song will go to Help Musicians UK.
Shards- UK tour
Setting off on tour with Shards this week. This is where you wil find us: