PRINCIPIA

Principia is an album of orchestral music, which I recorded at Synchron Stage Vienna during the summer of 2017. The release date for the record is set for 2nd March 2017, when it will be made available on iTunes, Spotify and via the regular range of purchasing and streaming options. For now, here is track number three, Tread Softly, with Dora Deliyska on piano: 

Each of the individual pieces which make up the album are inspired by a different creative figure from history. Both the title of the album and the opening track, On The Laws Of Motion, were inspired by Sir Isaac Newton and his groundbreaking work on the laws of physics contained in the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. I wrote the second track, Cénotaphe, with the designs of Étienne-Louis Boullée in mind, principally his drawings for the never-built cenotaph for Isaac Newton. The album artwork is one of his drawings and although seemingly abstract at first sight, is in fact an aerial view of his proposed cenotaph. The original is kept at the biblioteque national de France and it is with their permission that I was able to use it. Track three, Tread Softly, takes its name from the 1899 poem Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, by WB Yeats - "I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." The next piece on the album, Something Is Lost, was inspired by a line in RS Thomas's poem, Kneeling - "When I speak, though it be you who speak through me, something is lost." I wanted to write some music based in this line, with a sense of loss, misinterpretation and grief. Track five, Time Passes, is based on the line - "Time passes, listen, time passes," from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Next, On A Clear Day, takes its name from a series of drawings by the Candian/American artist, Agnes Martin which I saw at her Tate Modern retrospective in 2015. "Eureka, eureka!" - the famous phrase uttered by Archimedes when getting into a bath of water is the simple title of track seven. Here, I intended to convey the excitement of discovery and understanding. The two parts of In A Field Of Yellow Flowers were inspired by a painting, Girl In A Rape Field, by John Knapp Fisher. And the last track, Antiphon, is a reinterpretation of the Marian hymn, Alma Redemptoris Mater, which I first heard on the 1994 album by the King's College Cambridge Choir, Ikos.

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Conductor - Johannes Vogel

Leader - Dimitrie Leivici

Piano - Dora Deliyska

Cello - Johann Bergdorf

Mixer - Joe Rubel

Orchestrator - Jim McWilliam

Co-producer - Thom Robson


AIDE-MÉMOIRE

Aide-Mémoire was my first EP release. I recorded it with musicians Angus MacRae (piano), Millie Mackintosh (violin), Laurie Gregson (viola) and Peter Gregson (cello) at Urchin Studios in 2015. It's available on iTunes - itunes.apple.com/gb/album/aide-m%C3%A9moire-ep/1038722047 - and to stream via all the regular sites, including Spotify: