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British Composer Award Nomination

I’m delighted to have been nominated for Loop Concerto for jazz trio and large ensemble in the Contemporary Jazz Composition category of the British Composer Awards 2017.

Obviously honoured and super grateful to the people that made the piece work: the amazing trio involved in the premiere Ivo Neame (piano), Jasper Høiby (double bass) and Jon Scott (drums); the University of Southampton students and staff who played in the HARTLEY Loop Orchestra; Turner Sims for staging it; and the Music Department at Southampton for funding ‘The Loop Project’ in 2017!

The awards ceremony is 6 December at the British Museum…

‘Loop Concerto’ Video

In February the incredible Ivo Neame (piano), Jasper Høiby (bass) and Jon Scott (drums) came to play a new version of my ‘Loop Concerto’ with the HARTLEY Loop Orchestra at Turner Sims. It was brilliant to work with the trio and University of Southampton students putting the project together and big thanks must go to the Music Department at the University and Turner Sims for backing it. A video has been made and is now up on youtube. One issue is that there is very little footage of Ivo as the camera footage corrupted…

The Loop Project – Turner Sims Concert Hall – Southampton – 05/02/17

The Loop Project
Sunday, February 5, 2017
7:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
University of Southampton
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Premiere of reworked version of 'Loop Concerto' (2013) for jazz trio and ensemble (originally solo piano and orchestra). Performance featuring Ivo Neame (piano), Jasper Holby (bass) and Jon Scott (drums) alongside students and staff, The HARTLEY Loop Orchestra, from the University of Southampton Music Department. Concert also to include new Piano Concertino by Andrew Fisher and works by Mozart and Gavin Bryars.

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The Loop Project

This weekend I’m directing a weekend of performances and workshops exploring musical loops at Turner Sims in Southampton. First up is a a great (free) concert on Friday lunchtime featuring Liz Kenny and Ivo Neame and a workshop on Saturday morning.

The main event is on Sunday 5 February at 7pm features leading jazz musicians Ivo Neame, Jasper Høiby and Jon Scott performing alongside University of Southampton students in  the HARTLEY Loop Orchestra. We will perform a major revision/adaption of my Loop Concerto, which was premiered by Ivo and Kent County Youth Orchestra in 2013. I’ve rescored  the work for jazz trio and large ensemble and am super excited to see what the trio bring to the piece. Rehearsals have been going well and they arrive on Friday. Katie Harding from Turner Sims interviewed me about the piece for the Turner Sims blog here.

Also on the programme is the world premiere of Andrew Fisher’s Piano Concertino, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D (after J C Bach) in which Mozart loops a J C Bach Sonata, and Gavin Bryars’ 1972 seminal work Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.

Tickets are available from the Turner Sims Box Office:


The Loop Project - FINAL LOGO - 5cm wide

Loop Concerto Photos

I had a great time on Saturday conducting KCYO in the premiere of my new piano concerto for Ivo Neame and the orchestra. It was a great pleasure working with the orchestra and to collaborate with Ivo too. Thanks to all at Kent Music and Geoff Dixon in particular and thanks to Martin Hines and Kent Music for the terrific photos too…

Photo: Martin Hines, Kent Music/KCYO

Photo: Martin Hines, Kent Music/KCYO


Photo: Martin Hines, Kent Music/KCYO


Photo: Martin Hines, Kent Music/KCYO


Loop Concerto – KCYO 50th Anniversary Concert

Loop Concerto - KCYO 50th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, September 7, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages
Maidstone Leisure Centre
Mote Park

Maidstone, Kent, UK ME15 7RN
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New work 'Loop Concerto' for jazz piano and orchestra will be premiered by the Kent County Youth Orchestra and pianist Ivo Neame. The full programme is:

Handel - Zadok the Priest
Britten - Four Sea Interludes
Oliver- Loop Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Ben Oliver will conduct his piece, with the rest of the concert being conducted by Alan Vincent.

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KCYO Concerto for Ivo Neame

I’m so excited to say I’ve been commissioned by the Kent County Youth Orchestra to compose a piece for their fiftieth celebration concert in September. I was in KCYO for many years so it is a great honour to be invited back. I’m going to be writing a concerto for fellow KCYO alumni and amazing jazz pianist Ivo Neame. He is a bit of a monster so I’d better get my best funk on!

The premiere will be in Maidstone on 7th September alongside Britten’s Sea Interludes and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. No pressure then…