April 2019

April flew by last month with lots of exciting things occuring! I’ve been working with the QYouth of Queens Theatre Hornchurch writing new music for their One Act Play festival which was a tremendous success - it is always exciting creating new work with young people in theatre! I’ve been performing with a few different big bands too, the London City Big Band bringing vibraphone superstar Nat Steele to perform with them at the Spice of Life which was amazing. ECHO have been busy in pubs around East London and we even had a jaunt down to Hastings to perform in a festival there which was fabulous glorious sunshine by the sea - so brilliant! The Urban Big Band have been all over London too with some fantastic gigs performing the Nestico era of Basie and beyond!

This Tuesday 30th April sent me back to Jazz at OB’s in Brentwood to perform an evening of Paul Desmond’s music which was well received and tremendously enjoyable. The picture above was taken during that gig! I’m told at some point a review of the gig will be available

With Ardleigh Green Junior School there has been further development of my assembly song programme of study and an exciting end to last time with the Year 4 Musical writing project. Alongside this I’ve been working on the Junior Music Festivals 2019 bringing together 150 8-11yr olds to sing from schools across Havering and working with Hall Mead School with GCSE composition work! Plus continuing the jazz teaching at Havering Music School!

So what am I up to next?

The next two weeks are filled with work with the National Theatre on their new production of Shakespeares’ ‘As You Like It’ which will see me going all over London working with community groups for the show that will be performing in late August. Very exciting indeed!

The next two London City Big Band dates are Wednesday 29th May and Wednesday 26th June at the Spice of Life. The May date I believe has stellar crooner Steve Trowell with us which is great.

Sunday 2nd June my beloved Jazz Orchestra head to Peterborough Jazz Club as we’ve been invited back to play our collection of off-brand irreverent original material.
More details here.

The rest of my time is filled with the big compositions projects currently underway - more to tell of soon!

And finally, here’s a picture of me as a Jedi in Arundel Castle - it is May the Fourth!

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Time to be a monk.

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