This was a fun gig for Signature Entertainment: “Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs”. I had to arrange and produce the backings for 36 songs and nursery rhymes and then record 3 fantastic singers (all UK children’s TV voices). Then music videos were constructed around the recorded songs . The director was keen to play with the genres used to accompany these classic tunes and the result was a really fun DVD/iTunes download.
Back in October last year I was asked to write a piece to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Maidstone Youth Music Society along with fellow musician Graham Mann. I jumped at the chance because I grew up myself benefitting from going to “MYMS” and cutting my teeth on percussion in its wind bands and orchestras.
In the planning sessions that followed, Graham and I decided to split the piece into 4 movements, he took the outer ones, leaving me with the filling in the sandwich. It was quite a challenge working out how to connect the musicians who comprised beginners to grade 8 players but we managed to find a path that worked which necessitated the creation of a rather large score.
In the end we had over 170 performers at the premier at Mote Hall in Maidstone including 4 wind bands, a symphony orchestra, a string orchestra, percussion ensemble and choir. I also had the honour of rehearsing and conducting the performance at the gig which was rather fun.
A bit late to shout about it now but at the end last year I finished production on the concept album “The Neurofiles” Written by Martin Woods and John Bunyard it takes the listener on a journey through the human brain. A “pictures at an exhibition” promenade theme links all the parts of the brain together in the way a neurone may travel through it. The composers explain it all much better than me on the Neurofiles website
I really enjoyed producing this left-field opus which allowed me to work with and record some great singers, musicians and a choir. It was recorded and mixed at my studio and then mastered at Cyclone Music You can buy it from all good digital retailers or have a listen on Spotifly here