We put together these clips from the video of the World Premiere of The Drummer Boy of Waterloo staged in Aldeburgh by Jubilee Opera in November 2015. It was actually filmed for archive purposes, however we hope that we’ve managed to captured some of the magic that was created on stage in this short promo.
Ok ...have a good laugh. You may be forgiven if you don’t recognise the person on the skateboard.....but yes it’s me...in my Children’s Television Presenting days. I should say my skateboarding skills have much improved since then. Actually, I was sent the clip from a friend of mine who had seen it on Twitter and it just reminded me, it’s always been difficult to avoid your past.
Possibly judging songs for Eurovision is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But for me, I love it.
Yes I am that person who watches the whole Competition from start to finish armed with a piece of paper and a score sheet in my hand making notes.
It’s amazing to hear the music in central London in December when you go into the underground or out to do the Christmas shopping ...it’s a real treat. So I’m reminding everyone to go out with a pocket full of change to share amongst the many buskers.
I’ve just re-surfaced after a week of intense nervous excitement from rehearsals in Aldeburgh that led up to the first night of ‘The Drummer Boy of Waterloo’ our opera that premiered at Jubilee Hall last weekend. That is the same hall that Benjamin Britten premiered his work..... so no pressure then.
Details about the upcoming premiere of my opera ‘The Drummer Boy of Waterloo’ can be seen here on the Classical Source website’....
It was so great to be in the audience at the Festival Hall this week for Steve Earles new tour with The Dukes. He was on fine form and he played a really generous set of around thirty songs, many of them from his new Blues album 'Terraplane'.
When Lynsey De Paul abruptly left the planet in October last year, it seemed all too soon. She was so vivacious and ‘alive’.... a real Gemini. How could this energetic bubbly person have died so suddenly.
It was at one of the many social gatherings at BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), when David Stoll was Chairman of the Classical and Jazz Executive and I was sitting on the Songwriters Executive, that we decided we really ‘must write a song together’.
There’s always a buzz in the air the first day of any new Academic Year as the new students arrive at University but this year as I walked into The London College of Music, (where I regularly lecture) ...the chaos was palpable ‘cause over the summer the whole layout which had been under construction for the last couple of years was now complete and everything was ‘new’, the recording studios, concert halls , radio station...absolutely fabulous!
Any portion of the building that hadn’t been ‘rebuilt’ had been refurbished and the paint work was all shiny and new.
It had also been decided to renumber the rooms.....and here’s where I learned my first lesson of the day. Always do a reconisence trip to find out where you are going.
After dashing around my ‘old’ stamping ground and trying to calculate my whereabouts in relation to the new, I finally found a group of forty students hanging about outside a lecture hall and said to them, ‘Do you happen to be waiting for your lecturer to turn up for a ...Music and Enterprise lecture?’
Happily they were and happily for me too it gave me my opening line for my lecture....
‘Don’t assume that because you are being taught by someone who has had many years experience of the Music Industry that they know everything...’cause it’s through listening to you and discussing your fresh ideas that I’ve managed to carry on for long...so thanks.