I got shortlisted (which is very nice)

I entered the 2020 King Lear  competition and, most unexpectedly, I made it to the short list in the Chairman’s Prize category – 22 out of 3000 entries of which three were for music. Here’s the link. https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/chairmans?fbclid=IwAR3tt98PgZ7pAF7kDehVq-gJbMMYybu9naI2Cm7Zco0euluuF5w-lYS_UOY

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Action at a distance

Veronique Bouchet and I have collaborated remotely on this song. Here’s the story behind it. In August last year I took part in the Singing & Songwriting Retreat run by Paola Vera and Pete Churchill in the Gironde, south-west France. I was looking through mementos of that inspirational event. One of the exercises was a brainstorm session in which we listed…

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Plant blindness

Helen Ougham, Dawn Sanders and I contributed a paper today (21 May) at ‘The fierce urgency of now: Navigating paradoxes in sustainability education’. (SHE Conference 2020) hosted online by Canterbury Christ Church University. It’s on the subject of Plant Blindness. The presentation is available online (don’t know for how long). If you’re interested, here’s the…

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I remember Aberystwyth

Exiled for almost 6 weeks, with no prospect of returning to the Land of Cymric Mists and Bara Brith for at least a month. So here’s a little memory of a tiny, not very beautiful nook in the old town that I’m quite fond of. The Nanoband has…errmmm…disbanded, due to artistic and personality differences and…

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Sea fever

This is Nance Wilson singing John Ireland’s setting of the famous John Masefield poem. I’ve reharmonized it for the piano accompaniment. Nance did it in one take on a flying visit from NZ to my studio in Kent. Music of the hemispheres.

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