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.
Finally got to the day when I can wave the stick rather than sit writing emails and calling players on the phone. Can’t wait for these amazing Skaparis cats to crank it up at the Harry Potter Convention at Chethams’s Stoller Hall in Manchester this weekend!
I managed to whittle 11 great batons Down to 5 exceptional batons at Guiviers in London!
I’m off to London next week to buy a baton (or two) but will I choose it, or will it choose me? 😉
John Williams truly is a genius. Here preparing for the Harry Potter Convention on July 21st + 22nd with the concerts at the new Stoller Hall at Chethams School of Music. I’m conducting 6 x 30mins concerts with the Skaparis Orchestra, and includes; Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, ET and of course the Harry Potter theme! I can’t wait.
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!
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!