Music

Music has always been important to me, even when it's been a part-time activity.

I taught myself guitar and wrote and performed songs in my twenties. In my thirties I learned to read music and play the violin and joined first the East London Late Starters Orchestra, a splendid organisation that still goes strong, and then CoMA (Contemporary Music for All), which enables musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music.

I started composing, and had some success.

From 2008-2018, having switched a few years earlier to bass guitar, I played with The Moors, a band I co-founded with Elaine Edwards in Hastings. Currently I am playing bass guitar, singing and songwriting with Afrit Nebula with Elaine (sax, flute, keyboards), and percussionist/vocalist Jamie Harris. The video below was made by Mark French and features music by Afrit Nebula.



Compositions


  • Compositions for The Moors and Afrit Nebula – see the respective sites.
  • Four Simultaneous Movements for mixed ensemble, premiered by COMA Sussex at the opening of Brighton Library, 2006.
  • Co-writer (with Alan Taylor, Ann Wolff + 2 others) of the opera To the Edge, premiered at the Steiner Theatre, London, November 2004.
  • Spiral Music - incidental music for Fanny Howe's poem "Spiral", published with collages by Tom Raworth, Artery Editions, 2004.
  • Text for John Tilbury piece for piano, voice & electronics: There's something in there, premiered at Leeds Town Hall, July 2003.
  • Ornettology (for string quartet) - selected by SPNM for performance by the Sorrel Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival, July 1997.
  • Bruised Rationals (text/music piece, for speaker and large ensemble), 1996.
  • Molecule III for small mixed ensemble, 1996 (a 2013 realisation of this is here).

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