I've just finished a short but extremely moving run of the absolutely incredible 'Caroline, or Change' at CFT. It's a deeply moving show and has received rave reviews. This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval spurred by the civil rights movement.
I've just done a session for Kolsch, rerecording their song 'Grey' at Angel Studios. Not sure quite what else to say about it, other than there were lots of long notes and banging beats! Here's some more Kolsch for your listening pleasure.
Sadly my supermodelling career has never quite taken off, but I have just done Burberry's new 2017 catwalk show (well, hiding away, playing the viola) with the glorious Anna Calvi. Here we are:
Today I've been recreating the strings for Kate Bush's 'Cloudbusting' for a new release by Just Us. Here it is:
Happy (nearly) New Year! Here's a bit of The Heritage Orchestra doing 'right here right now' as part of our Ibiza Classics gig on New Years' Eve:
I've just done two gigs with Richard Ashcroft, at the O2 Arena and Liverpool Echo Arena. The set covered everything from the classic hits of The Verve to Richard's newest material. The shows were conducted by the legendary Wil Malone, one of the world's most successful and iconic arrangers. Here we are playing the legendary Bittersweet Symphony:
I've just returned from one of the loudest, most brilliant tours I've played in a while. The Heritage Orchestra is continuing to play with Pete Tong, performing classic Ibiza dance tunes (and a few new ones). It's absolutely incredible - do go and see a show when we do it again next year!
Bloody hell. I've just come back from a whirlwind 4 day trip to Hong Kong with London Grammar where we've been performing at Clockenflap Festival. What an amazing place! What a band! Here's a bit of the set:
I've just performed with Chase and Status on Jools Holland's show. We played the classic 'Blind Faith' along with their banging new single 'All goes wrong'. Here it is:
I'm so excited to be starting to dep on the amazing 'Groundhog Day: The Musical', Tim Minchin's new show. The reviews have been extraordinary and the music is absolutely incredible. I'm also making my West End debut on (gulp) guitar, which is pretty terrifying.
I've just started rehearsals for the RSC's new production of The Alchemist. You can find out more about it here.
We've just done another beautiful late night prom with the wonderful Jamie Cullum. He's such a wonderful person to work with and so endlessly fired up and enthusiastic about music. He really is incredible! Here we are doing a version of 'I think I love' (dig out a tissue):
I've just been in the studio recording strings for Siv Jakobsen's new album. Her music is really exquisite and has been described as "beautifully mellow, much like diary-entries - filled with unfiltered thoughts and reflections. With references to Laura Marling and Ane Brun, listening to her music is like being a fly on the wall while she sings you her secrets." You can find out more here.
What an exciting day. I've just done the first of several string sessions for legendary band MADNESS' new album, with arrangements by the wonderful Kirsty Mangan. Here's some more info on the project.
Here we are, playing 'Seeing You' from Tim Minchin's new musical 'Groundhog Day' for the Southbank Sky Arts awards.
I'm about to start doing some violin depping on a fab new production of a musical based on Graham Greene's 'Travels with my aunt' at Chichester Festival Theatre. The story starts as follows: retired bank manager Henry Pulling is happy alone with his dahlias. Until, at his mother’s funeral, he meets his only living relative, the decidedly bohemian Aunt Augusta. After she’s rattled the family skeletons, she suggests the pair flee to Europe. Henry is reluctant, but Aunt Augusta is nothing if not persuasive. It's very funny and the singers are amazing. Come and watch!
DUH-DUH-DUHHHHHHH. Yep, I'm doing another round of the classic, iconic 'War of the Worlds: The Musical' at the London Palladium, depping on violin and viola. This new production features a star cast, full supporting company, Liam Neeson in 3D holography and on screen, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects, and a live on-stage orchestra conducted by Jeff Wayne.
The ground-breaking score, which has enjoyed over 15 million double albums sales and a staggering 330 weeks in the charts, includes the unforgettable hits The Eve Of The War, Thunder Child and Forever Autumn. Set in Victorian England and inspired by the famous H.G. Wells novel of the same name, The War Of The Worlds tells the devastating story of the invasion of Earth by Martians, as seen through the eyes of a journalist, his loved ones and those he encounters.
“No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched by intelligences which inhabited the timeless worlds of space… and yet, minds immeasurably superior to ours, regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us…”
Tonight is the first show of a UK tour that I'll be doing with TV's Alexander Armstrong. It's a show of songs and comedy and the band is FANTASTIC. Here's a link, should you fancy coming along.
I've just started production meetings for a new, very exciting project called Living Arts. It's a brand-new project which aims to re-imagine care homes as arts centres. It offers older people the opportunity to continue to develop as creative individuals, working alongside musicians, dancers and visual artists to transform their environment and their relationship to it.
I'll be working alongside Spitalfields Music and the RAM's Julian West with residents at HC-One’s Aspen Court Care Home through creative activities including playing musical instruments, singing, dancing and offering words and stories, as ways of enabling them to be creative in the present moment.
I've just finished writing the music for a six minute film / installation by artist Hetain Patel. Hetain's new film installation, The Jump, connects the widely recognised fantasy of Hollywood action and superhero films, with the minority domestic setting of his British Indian family home in the UK. The Jump is shot in Patel’s Grandmother’s home, the house that he and all of his immigrant relatives have lived in at various points since 1967, and where his Grandmother still lives.
More info here.
Over 25 years of club classics were celebrated in a late night rave at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July 2015 as Pete Tong joined the Heritage Orchestra to pay a musical homage to Ibiza. It was amazing and very, very loud!
I've had a wonderful couple of months performing with Anna Calvi and the Heritage Orchestra. Here's a bit more info on the project and a live recording of her song 'Eliza':
We've been at it again....
I had a lovely time recording this cover of the Beatles Classic today, sung by Rae Morris and produced by Fyfe Dangerfield. Check it out!
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