APOLOGIES ... for the long gap since I last updated this site!
CONCERTINA WEEKEND, HALSWAY MANOR Unfortunately, this has had to be postponed. If you would like to be notified when a new date is announced, please send
me an email...
DUO CONCERTS WITH MIRANDA RUTTER
That means that unfortunately the duo concert with Miranda Rutter that was going to be part of that weekend has also been postponed. However, we are playing at the White Horse, Stonesfield, Oxfordshire (March 13th) and a private house concert in Somerset (March 14th); we;ve also just been booked for Dursley Town Hall, Gloucestershire on May 7th. More info from Anne (01453 519243).
I've recently been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company as musician and music director on Lucy Bailey's production of The Winter's Tale. It runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon until February 23rd, and then tours nationally (with Tim Laycock taking over the concertina and MD duties).
Concertina Tuition As well as teaching on various courses, summer schools and weekends, I'm happy to teach privately either at home in Stroud or when I'm passing through your part of the country. Send
email if you're interested...
EAC SUMMER SCHOOL 2013 This year's course will be held once again at Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, from July 29th-August 2nd. Full details and application forms and application forms will be available shortly but if you have any queries in the mean time or would like to register your interest, please send
me an email...
I'm also really looking forward to going to the Orkney Folk Festival with Kerr Fagan Harbron in May, and also to doing some gigs with Fieldfare, the new trio I'm in with Emily Portman and Lucy Deakin.
MORRIS DANCE PROJECT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL! Thanks to EFDSS, I recently worked alongside Laurel Swift, Benjamin Dunks and the incredible South West youth dance company, So We Boys Dance, on a new piece which fuses Morris and Contemporary dance. It was a brilliant experience - we spent three weekends developing the piece, and did our first performances as part of the South Bank Centre's 5000 Morris Dancers weekend - see it here.
The highlight of the project so far, however, was our performance as part of On Show 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall ...
ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 'MUSIC DAY' COMMISSION The English Acoustic Collective were part of the Royal Geographical Society's Music Day in June 2010. Our performance included the premier of a new piece I was commissioned to compose entitled 'Coffee and Tea', which was inspired by images from the RGS Archive, a slideshow of which will be incorporated into the performance.
Our performance and the commission were both thanks to the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, with support from the PRS for Music Foundation. More info - RGS / ERCG. You can read more about how I approached writing the piece in my guest blog for BBC Radio 2's Folk and Acoustic pages.
"This is a joy to listen throughout, from the sheer beauty of Nancy's fiddle playing to the great story telling in song, it is the sound of three consummate musicians delighting in their art. Beautiful tunes, wonderful songs and tremendous musicianship." Martin Simpson.
ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL - Concertina CD
A couple of years ago I recorded a few solo concertina tracks for this 3-CD box set featuring great players of the English concertina old and new. A must-have collection for any concertina enthusiast, with a great booklet as well as some unique tracks. Available from my Shop page.
gratefully acknowledges financial support from the PRS Foundation.