I’m off to London next week to buy a baton (or two) but will I choose it, or will it choose me? 😉
A great photo back from the Leeds International Festival show on the 28th April a few months ago with the Classical Uproar team! Many thanks to Tony Hannan for the image.
More gigs to follow very soon – watch this space!
I’ve finally had the time to upload the last video from last summer’s Classical Uproar concert with the Skaparis Orchestra – seems a long time ago now!
It’s 24/7 now writing the arrangements for the Numan/Skaparis Tour in November.
I’m pleased with how it’s progressing and we are sending Gary the first part of our work at the end of this month!
I’m here transferring the architecture and music of the top of the whole show – it has to have exactly the right impact, so it’s taken about 2 months to get to a working score for this introduction.
I’m very privileged to have Stephanie Halsey as the Skaparis Orchestra’s harpist for the Numan/Skaparis Tour.
Steph is an amazing player with a great deal of experience performing in high profile concerts.
I’ve just been working with her on Harp techniques as it’s a very complex instrument and requires the correct terms to be written in her music. She can’t wait to play!
Here working with Jan Bradley the Skaparis’s Multi-Percussionist for the Numan/Skaparis Tour in his basement percussion studio at his home earlier today.
I don’t think I’ve seen such an amazing array of different and cool percussion instruments in one space!
The atmosphere in the venue for the Classical Uproar show at the Leeds International Festival was immense, and what a gig!
I had people dancing all around me, and phones and cameras a couple of inches away while the Classical Uproar band was playing their socks off!! It was a phenomenal experience so many, many thanks to those who came and to the organisers of the festival who had gone a long way to make sure we were made as comfortable and welcome as possible.
One of my highlights was working with Tameka Jackson, an incredibly wonderful singer with such power – she had worked with Prince in 2003, so it was quite an experience listening to her telling me about her time with the great man himself.
Here are a couple of photos of us pre-show, official photos coming soon!
I’m so privileged to have had the opportunity to coach the Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra strings over the past few days.
I’m so happy that they put in a massive effort at the rehearsal at the RNCM Opera Theatre tonight – it’s going to be an astounding performance on Saturday with some of the best singers I’ve ever heard performing live!
The extra date for the NUMAN/SKAPARIS Tour in November has been announced as The Shepherds Bush Empire in London on Sunday November 18th!
Presale tickets are on sale today and a normal ticket sale on Friday. If you missed out last week now’s your chance.
Here with the Classical Uproar team at the final rehearsal near Chester yesterday.
It was the first time we all met Tameka Jackson and immediately fell in love with her fabulous singing – she is so much fun to rehearse with!
We can’t wait for the Classical Uproar gig at the Festival at Millenium Square in Leeds on the 28th April – hope to see you all there!