Category Archives: Conducting

Harry Potter Con magic!

I seriously have to keep pinching myself to realise just how amazing the HP Con concerts were at Stoller Hall!

We had over 4000 people come to our concerts over the weekend which in itself is just unprecedented – I believe this is now the largest Harry Potter Convention in the world to date.

The audiences were just fabulous and my players just absolutely smashed it – it was an absolute joy to conduct them and to see the reactions in people’s faces when they heard each John Williams track was really something else.

I wanted to thank everyone who came to the event and also to the extremely courteous and professional staff at Chethams School of Music, who really helped everything run as smoothly as it did.

Many thanks to Paul Dixon for the great shots.

The next Harry Potter Con is at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford Park (near the Manchester United ground) on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of October.

There are a few surprises planned so I hope you can all make it!


Gary Numan contract signing for November Tour

Yesterday was an extremely epic day having signed the contract at Holmfirth Picturedome with Gary Numan for the Numan/Skaparis Tour in November.

Gary was playing at the Holmfirth Picturedome and we managed to sit together for about an hour before he went on stage, fleshing out more details for the Tour and talking through how the arrangements are working.

Gary’s set was incredible last night and we had the great privilege of hanging out with the band and Gary’s family, sharing a few beers after the show!

Many thanks to Paul Dixon for the great shot.

The Skaparis stamp of approval

Very excited to have the new Skaparis stamps for stamping our new merchandise bags that will have their debut at the Harry Potter Convention in Manchester next week.

Many thanks for the great job by ‘Get Stamped’ based in Oxford.

The Skaparis has a rehearsal this coming Monday at the RNCM for the concerts at the new Stoller Hall at Chethams School of Music – I can’t wait to put that first down beat down for Star Wars!

RNCM Session Orchestra success

I was so proud to have seen the RNCM Session Orchestra string section completely going for it on Saturday night in the RNCM Opera Theatre.

They were absolutely on fire and it was an absolute joy to work with them for a week rehearsing.

Many thanks to Andy Stott for inviting me to coach again and also for letting me conduct ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta in rehearsal – what an experience!

Gary Numan and The Skaparis Orchestra collaboration announcement

I am absolutely thrilled and over the moon to announce that The Skaparis is collaborating with Gary Numan for his UK ‘Savage’ Tour in November.  I’ve been in contact with Gary since the very beginning of December ’17 and have met him twice since then, working furiously on putting all of this together.

We’re both so excited for this project as we will be making a Live DVD and Live Album at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on November 17th, performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the 19th and touring the UK. The amazing Kantos choir is joining us as well and I’ll be writing the arrangements and transitions with my co-writer throughout the next 7 months.

Tickets are on sale from Friday this week (6th April) at all of the venues including Cardiff St. David’s Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Newcastle City Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and The Royal Albert Hall in London.

As a Manchester UK based Orchestra, we’re extremely proud that our home city is one of those on the Tour route!

The Skaparis Orchestra’s website will also be going live from Friday 6th April where you can find information on all of the venues, how to purchase tickets, background information on the Skaparis Orchestra etc. and a special corner dedicated to Gary Numan that will include little known facts and figures, hosted by the wonderful Mr. Steve Tottle. Watch this space!!

Conducting TT Game’s new release – LEGO ‘The Incredibles’

VERY proud to say I will be conducting the Sessions at 80hz Studios in Manchester with the Big band for LEGO’s new game ‘The Incredibles’ on the 12th/13th April!!

I can without a doubt state that this is some of the most amazing music I have ever heard, written by the Film Composer for TT Games, my friend and colleague Si Withenshaw. Man I would play this game just to hear the Cats who are going to be screaming out on their instruments!!