Dear Diary

Dear Diary,

This has been a good month. Kicking off with a recording session for the music of the official boxing yoga instructional DVD really set the tone for the following few weeks. Can’t wait to see the final cut with music from my new group The Future Ancients (alongside my talented pals Nikola Kovacevic, Giovanni Cacioppo and Alok Verma – big names!).

The following weekend I was back in the studio (missing the sun again, curse you fortune!!!) with The Guastalla Quartet. We’re going to release the resulting album in a couple of days. Very excited for this one! Gotta love a bit of Beethoven and Shostakovich. We messed around a little at the end of the day and came up with this fun Super Mario cover…

After an appearance with Kate Simko and The London Electronic Orchestra (featuring Mainly Two’s début performance whoo yeah!), it was back into the rehearsal room before a full-on recording session with The John Garner Quartet. Can’t wait to get these tracks mixed and out there (will be funny to see people’s reaction to jazzed up versions of Pearl Jam tunes and such).

The John Garner Quartet @ Konk Studios

The last week of March was mental. Three jazz gigs in one week? Too many note choices to make… It was a great start to the Guildhall Jazz Festival for me with The Interplay Series, spearheaded by Kate Williams and William Goodchild. I had a great time leading the orchestra on stage with The Kate Williams Trio. The music of Bill Evans like you’ve never heard it before! Had a great time on the 26th with a small group performing some vintage jazz (nothing from 1940 onwards allowed). We scratched and scraped our way through some bawdy classics.

Interplay Series Orchestra

Vintage Jazz Group, Guildhall Jazz Festival 2014

Finished off the month in a great way with a live video session with Polaroid 85 filmed by rising stars Flyotw Film. This is going to be a smashing video of a new track.

Next up BBC Symphony Orchestra recording with Sir Andrew Davis and a tour to Switzerland with Sakari Oramo!

Night night Diary! xx

Apocalypse now?

Congratulations on beating the end of the world. Here’s a dubstep requiem by AZEDIA (released at midnight) on which I am playing solo violin. It’s a corker alright!

BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme

Today I found out that I successfully auditioned for the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme, a project created thanks to the special relationship between the Royal College of Music and the orchestra, usually reserved for postgraduate students. I will have the chance this year to work with some amazing conductors including Oliver Knussen, Josep Pons, Andrew Litton and Thomas Dausgaard.

On a lighter note, some videos have emerged from a couple of Wailers tribute concerts last year in which I was lucky enough to be involved. Here’s Lloyd Brown and co. performing Zimbabwe:

Orchestral time-lapse

Here’s a quick late-night post. I secretly filmed a couple of hours of my orchestra rehearsal today with the Royal College of Music’s Symphony Orchestra. Here are the resulting time-lapse movies:

Dusapin rehearsals under way

I’m currently immersed in the music of Pascal Dusapin, the new composer-in-residence at the Royal College of Music. We’re performing an hour of his music next Thursday, under the direction of conductor Franck Ollu. The music is incredibly challenging, but we’re getting there!

RCM Symphony Orchestra between Dusapin rehearsals

Page from Dusapin's 'Reverso'