Last Man Standing

In 2018 I collaborated (for the second time) with composer Cheryl Frances Hoad on a song cycle for baritone Marcus Farnsworth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The work, Last Man Standing, was commissioned for the World War 1 Armistice Centenary and premiered on 30th November 2018 at the…

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All is Still

A new carol for Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir My second collaboration with composer Rebecca Dale, following ‘Winter’ for Voces 8 was a new carol for Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir Christmas album. I discovered it’s actually very hard to write an original carol that isn’t full…

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Fever Pitch

“Arsenal till I die / I’m Arsenal till I die / I know I am, / I’m sure I am / Arsenal till I die!” Fever Pitch Book by Tamsin Collison (from the book by Nick Hornby). Music by Scott Stroman. Highbury Opera Theatre commissioned…

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Songs

I have written lyrics for stand-alone songs with jazz composers Geoff Castle (‘Under Your Spell’ ,’Time to Say Goodbye’, ‘Time to Move On’), Gabrielle Ducomble (‘The Time is Now’, ‘Forest Boy’, ‘Carefree Day‘) and Scott Stroman (‘Love is a Game‘). I have done new translations…

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Winter – Voces 8

I wrote the lyrics for ‘Winter’, a piece by rising composer Rebecca Dale, commissioned for the internationally-renowned choral ensemble Voces 8.  It is the title track of their luminous album ‘Winter’, released by Decca on 21st October 2016. Available as CD or download. Further details…

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Mars Rover

Mars Rover is a 1 act children’s musical about Destiny, a headstrong Mars Rover and her exasperated NASA Controller, Commander Jefferson. It made the shortlist for the 2015 S&S Award for Best Unproduced Musical of the Year and was included in the 2016 MMD Beam…

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Mannequin

I contributed lyrics to the new opera ‘Mannequin’ by composer Maria Vatenina and the De Montagne Art Collective which premiered at the Tete a Tete 2015 Opera Festival.  ‘Mannequin’ is the world’s first video opera about human cloning!  Anya (Héloïse Werner), a clone of deceased opera diva Anna, is…

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Tales & Fables

Tales and Fables was premiered at Christchurch, Highbury, London N5 1SA on Thursday 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October 2015.  It featured Tenor Adrian Thompson as the Narrator.

ENO Mini Operas

English National Opera – Writer In Residence In 2012, ENO launched an online Mini Opera-Writing competition.  I was commissioned to write 3 original demo libretti, based on seed stories provided by leading authors: What Dreams May Come (from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sweeper of Dreams’), Facing the…

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Professional Suicide

In 2010 I was invited to join a writers’ course at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. ‘The Singing Word’ was aimed at the developing the work of librettists and encouraging them to collaborate with other opera practitioners, particularly composers on the parallel ‘Vox’ course.…

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