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!
Here enjoying a well deserved cup of tea on a break at 80hz Studios yesterday!
I have to say that I am absolutely buzzing from conducting two days of magnificent Brass playing from the Session players recording the ‘Incredibles’ computer game soundtrack. I think all of us involved will always remember how amazing it was working through the insanely brilliant scores written by Simon Withenshaw. Many thanks go to George Atkins at 80hz Studios and his remarkable team for looking after us so well.
Pictured with Warner Brothers/TT Games Composer, Simon Withenshaw (C) and Tristan Noon, Orchestrator/Transcriber (L)
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!!
Here rehearsing with members of the Skaparis and the Classical Uproar team at the RNCM – we’re getting very excited about the show on April 28th!
I’m very happy to say that I’ll be conducting the Skaparis again for the Leeds International Festival for another collaborative concert with Simon Withenshaw and Suddi Raval on April 28th!
We will be working with the same team as last August with reduced players, I’ll have 4 of my amazing string players and the Classical Uproar band and of course the fantastic Michelle Adamson and Lisa Doleman on Backing Vocals and star singers Luke Neptune and Tameka.
Hope to see you all there!
Tickets can be purchased from the Leeds International Festival Box Office and there is also a link on the Classical Uproar Facebook site!