Last Friday Juice Vocal Ensemble performed two of my Songs for Stanley live on BBC Radio 3. Composed in 2014 and dedicated to my then newly born son, Songs for Stanley is the second work I have written to celebrate the arrival of my children into the world, the first of these pieces being Lullaby for Joni for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Songs for Stanley was commissioned by Riot Ensemble and Juice in 2014, and it is great that Juice have gone on to the perform the pieces on a number of occasions since.
You can hear the BBC broadcast on the IPlayer for a while (my piece around 34 minutes): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080xz8w
Next Friday Juice Vocal Ensemble will sing a couple of songs from my ‘Songs for Stanley’ live on BBC Radio 3 as part of Open Ear at St John-at-Hackney. The recording will be up on live for a while after the performance: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080xz8w
Aaron Holloway-Nahum, director of the excellent Riot Ensemble, has just put up a recording of my Riot and Juice Vocal Ensemble commissioned piece ‘Songs for Stanley’. The recording is from Juice’s performance earlier this year at the Wednesdays at the Forge series.
So the boy arrived, he’s called Stanley Robin Oliver and is great!
This means that Juice will premiere ‘Songs for Stanley’ next Thursday 6th November at 7pm in Shoreditch Church alongside a couple of new pieces by Holly Harrison and Amy Beth Kirsten for Juice and the Riot Ensemble. Details available here. Should be fun and hope to see you there!
My lovely and patient wife, Anna, is very pregnant right now. It’s an exciting time! The baby not turning up at this point means that I can’t announce the name of my new piece for Juice Vocal Ensemble yet. Following my dedication of Lullaby for Joni for my daughter I thought it would be wise to even out the score and have written five new settings of nursery rhymes for the impending arrival, Songs for ______. The new piece (with it’s full name), which has been commissioned by Riot Ensemble, will be performed at an excellent sounding gig, ‘she is a myth‘, at Shoreditch Church on 6th November at 7pm.