I invite you to consider the words of some of my favourite thinkers and writers
Julian of Norwich
(this list is not exhaustive)
Moments which have changed me
- Hearing the organ echoing in Bourges Cathedral
- Singing evensong in Latin with the monks at Rabanal on the Camino Frances.
- Seeing the Portico de la Gloria in Santiago (and in the V&A museum).
- Eating my first home made hollandaise sauce.
- Swimming in the Heiligensee, Potsdam.
- Visiting the Memling Museum in Bruges.
- Watching ‘Sixty Minute Silence’, a video by Turner Prize winner, Gillian Wearing.
- Looking over the Lancashire countryside at the sun shining on Pendle Hill.
- Meeting Howard Milner in Birmingham when I was 19, my singing teacher and guru for 17 years.
Recordings which have changed me
- The Art of David Munrow An out of circulation 3 LP box set bought from Blackburn library for £1.
- Music of the Crusades: David Munrow and The Early Music Consort of London.
- Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium: The Tallis Scholars.
- Monteverdi Vespers: The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra.
- Dufay and Binchois: Ensemble Gilles Binchois.
- In My Own Time: Karen Dalton.
- Five Leaves Left: Nick Drake.
- Clouds: Joni Mitchell.
- Dream Letter Live in London 1968: Tim Buckley.
- Grace: Jeff Buckley.
- Time (The Revelator): Gillian Welch.
- The Piano: Michael Nyman.
- Marin Marais & Sainte Colombe, The Greatest Masterworks: Spectre de la Rose.
- Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach: Tragicomedia.
- Compostela Medieval: Porque Trobar featuring John Wright.
- Solas: Solas.
- When the Party’s Over: Brian Finnegan.
Performances which have changed me
- Blackburn Cathedral Choir at evensong singing ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence‘ by Bairstow.
- Pascal Rogé at Blackburn Piano week playing Ravel and Mozart.
- My first live medieval music, The Dufay Collective at Dartington International Summer School.
- Les Arts Florissant at the Barbican performing Monteverdi.
- Acantus performing at Bruges Festival of Early Music.
- Misteri d’Elx – goosebumps and tears.
- Alasdair Roberts and Jeffrey Lewis at Green Man festival.
- Jeff Buckley at Wolverhampton, at Glastonbury.
Most memorable of my own performances
- As Baloo the bear in a nativity play, singing ‘The Bare Necessities’.
- In the youth choir at Blackburn Cathedral, Christmas morning, singing Britten’s ‘Hymn to the Virgin’.
- As Iolanthe in ‘Iolanthe’.
- Death themed concert, playing the harpsichord in Couperin and singing/directing in Bach Cantata ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’.
- Directing from the harpsichord in Purcell’s ‘Timon of Athens’ whilst at University.
- Directing from the harpsichord in Francesca Caccini’s ‘La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina’: a UK premiere with the great and the good having to make their way to a church in North London.
- Le Jeu de Robin et Marion at The Abbey of Royaumont, at Elche, in Naples.
- Micrologus at Boston Early Music Festival, at Bar le Duc, in Copenhagen, at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, in a monastery in Slovenia.
- Playing for the first time with Crawford Young.
- My first ever solo harp concert in the very beautiful St Paul’s Harringay
Nordic folk and germanic medieval song.
Bruno Bonhoure, Khaï-Dong Luong and La Camera delle Lacrime
The Labyrinth of Passions : An almost choreographed production with spoken texts in English and French, riddles, video game allusions and music from a 15th century manuscript.