At roughly 21:45 yesterday evening (17/08/13), whilst setting up to play at Hackney WickED Arts Festival with Polaroid 85, my violin case (with my electric violin and my two bows inside) was stolen from behind me – on stage. We did not play the set. If anyone sees or hears of a violin available (it has Polaroid 85 stickers and Wonderland Festival stickers on it, model Carlo Giordano Silenzia EV-201, imitation wood – in a black Gewa violin formed case with two bows inside) please let me know. 07545568677 Please share this on facebook, twitter, etc.
This sort of thing shouldn’t be easy to get away with. Please help us catch this petty thief. The picture below is a stock image of the instrument stolen.
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:
On October 18th, I will be performing the world premiere of Louis Mander‘s sonata for violin and piano (see Diary for detailed info). Louis is an up-and-coming composer who I was very lucky to work with, albeit briefly, very recently. There are more exciting things further down the line, including a new opera by Louis, bits of which I have already had the fortune to play.
My quartet (Park Quartet) has received a very pleasant review (see page 5) recently in the Anglo-Netherlands Society Newsletter, of all places:
Ably led by Eunsley Park, the Park Quartet opened the evening’s events with Haydn’s Vivace Assai (from a set known as the London Quartets), Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin. The Park Quartet fully demonstrated the strengths which have led to these third year BMus students being selected to represent the RCM in inter-collegiate competitions.
In other news, here’s the second video I am releasing from my April video session with pianist Clement Rooney. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is an excellent song by Belgian-Australian artist Gotye, featuring Kimbra, and is the first refreshing tune that I have discovered in the top ten for a woefully long time. It’s worth checking out more of this man’s music, my favourite album being ‘Like Drawing Blood’. I hope Clem and I have managed to do him justice.
I’m in the middle of a house move. And I. Am. Stressed. Here’s a happy video featuring the talented Messieurs Toby Nelms (piano), Adam Higgs (bass) and Daniel Day (kit) with Bernstein’s beautiful ‘Lucky to Be Me’.